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Encouraging management’s involvement in transforming IT

In a recent blog published by ISACA “Setting the Record Straight: Convincing Management of COBIT’s Value in Risk Management”, Julian Marquez explains why COBIT remains very valuable as a tool for IT risk management.

He goes on to address the main challenge – to encourage senior management to take an active role in participating in transforming process to integrate and standardize IT Management practices.

Julian highlights ways in which COBIT Practitioners can fight against misconceptions and gain supporters for the framework – including specific messaging.

Read the full blog HERE.

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Co zyskujemy stosując podejście zwinne?

Obecnie, zarządzanie projektami w wielu obszarach coraz częściej realizowane jest w warunkach konieczności coraz szybszego zaspokajania wymagań klienta, przy jednoczesnym braku możliwości zdefiniowania tych oczekiwań do końca. Stawia to pod znakiem zapytania nie tylko możliwość zaplanowania racjonalnego działania, ale nawet jego ukończenia.

W środowisku które rządzi się niepewnością, podejście zwinne sprawdza się i wygrywa nad podejściami tradycyjnymi. Przyjrzyjmy się więc mu bliżej.

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ISO/IEC 20000 – Risk

ISO/IEC 20000

I often get asked why there is no risk management process in ISO20000-1 and yet there are many requirements about risk. Basically, without risk management it is not possible to be conformant with ISO20000-1.

Why there is no risk management process

When designing a standard, it is necessary to consider the reality of most organizations and also to consider other standards. Most organizations have a risk management approach – perhaps it is used in project management, information security management or corporate governance.

It is not necessary to have a risk management process that is specific to service management – it simply needs to be applied to service management and the services.
The risk management approach can be a very simple spreadsheet or a complex tool. This will depend on the size, complexity and requirement for risk management in your organization.
There is a standard about risk management – ISO31000. This is referred to from ISO20000-1.

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Being Agile with Organizational Change Management

Everyone is talking about Agile something or other.

Some organizations apply Agile very successfully. My opinion is even more organizations could benefit from an Agile approach if they implemented one step prior to working with Agile.
This is an assessment of their current organizational culture and the likelihood of this culture being supportive of an Agile approach.

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A tested and rigorous framework for business cases

As a methodology, Better Business Cases’ added value is that it provides a tested and rigorous framework in which a business case can be built. Alongside MSP®, MoP® and PRINCE2® it provides a rigorous and complementary interface, ensuring that the Business Case of any project or programme has been developed fully.

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Learn the differences between COBIT® 4.1 and COBIT® 5

Over the last decade, the COBIT framework has undergone multiple evolutions as it adapts to the needs of a changing marketplace.

The white paper front cover

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The evolution in Change Management

In her white paper, Evolution and themes in change management: ‘Change Management 2.0’, Ira Blake explores the future of change management and how the concept of change itself is evolving.

Image representing the evolution of Change Management

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Cyberists – The Most Important Career of Tomorrow

Chris Ensor, Deputy Director for NCSC addresses the CyberFirst event

Ciaran Martin, National Cyber Security Centre Chief Executive, addresses the CyberFirst event

Cyber security is no longer exclusive to government agencies and defence contractors. Last night we attended the CyberFirst event in London which revealed an exciting government initiative to engage 5,000 children, from 11 to 17, in cyber security – a huge increase from 800 last year.

CyberFirst is an initiative by the government to create a healthy pipeline of cyber security professionals who will plug the cyber skills gap and make Britain’s businesses safe from cyber criminals.

The latest government initiative is targeted at ‘Cyberists’, the next generation of cyber security hot shots. By 2020, the government wants 1000 graduates to have gone through CyberFirst, the UK government’s National Cyber Security Programme for 14-18 years old.

There are lots of incentives for girls including a CyberFirst Girls Competition with puzzles and games to excite and inspire a much-needed female presence in a male dominated industry.

This is not another weak partnership between industry and Government. Chris Ensor, Deputy Director for NCSC skills and growth, has the vision, energy and drive to make it happen stating “this is the first time government and industry have come together to make a concerted attempt to inspire and support a whole generation of young people to take up a role in cyber security.

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AgilePM®: the world’s most popular framework and certification for Agile Project Management

AgilePM

Agile’s influence on the project management industry continues to rise at pace. More organisations and project professionals than ever are embracing Agile tools and frameworks as they aim to increase the success of – and return on investment from – projects and other change initiatives.

Despite originating in the software development arena, Agile methods and frameworks are becoming increasingly popular in a wide variety of industries and projects as the benefits over more traditional frameworks and methodologies are realised.

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The difference between a Project and a Program

Defining a Project:

Perhaps the key difference between a project and a program is specificity. A project refers to a specific, singular endeavor to deliver a tangible output. A project manager is therefore responsible for ensuring a project delivers on its intended output in line with a defined time frame and budget.
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