Reader's Corner No.10: Busyness Isn’t Productivity, 2017 SEO Predictions, Overcoming IT Project Management Challenges, and All Staff Blogging

January 16, 2017

Each week, members of the DesignHammer team share insights from readings done that week. This week we're covering: how busyness isn’t productivity, 2017 SEO predictions, overcoming IT project management challenges, and the value of having all staff members blog.

If you don’t finish then you’re just busy, not productive

Jeanette Larsen

Source: Jack Bruce Simpson

Takeaway: No one wants to be known as the person who doesn’t follow through. It may also hurt your professionally if you aren’t able to demonstrate recent projects in your portfolio. A good way to avoid partially completed projects is to force yourself to take a few minutes to consider what kind of time and energy the entire project will take. It is easy to get swept up in a new and exciting project, but if you can’t do it well, or finish it, then it may be wise to pass.

Tags: #Productivity

Nine crazy predictions for SEO in 2017

David Minton

Source: Search Engine Watch

Takeaway: The only constant is search is search engines are constantly changing their algorithms. Search Engine Watch looks at some predictions including changes to the importance of local search optimization, rich snippets, and the possibly even the return of blackhat operatives to watch out for.

Tags: #SEO, #Search Engine Optimization

Why I Require Everyone At My Company To Blog

Jay Roberts

Source: Forbes

Takeaway: "The greater the number of employees that help produce content, the more success the company has."

Tags: #Blogging, #Marketing

Overcoming the Top Challenges of IT Project Management

Michael Nicholson

Source: Wrike Blog

Takeaway: IT project management has some unique concerns. The large number of vendors, partners, and suppliers; the speed of progress/technology change; potential security and data concerns; complex dependencies in related IT projects/technologies; and significant learning curves for all stakeholders. It is part of the job of the IT Project Manager to minimize and control these concerns.

Managing vendor expectations, thorough risk analysis and mitigation planning, breaking learning curves down to manageable chunks, and retaining sufficient agility to pivot when necessary are all key techniques or skills to managing complex IT projects.

Tags: #ProjectManagement

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