risk

Recognising risk in project management

Most of us want to work on projects that make a difference. So we have to deal with risk.

Project managers talk a lot about risk. They prepare risk registers. They analyse impacts and probabilities. They define strategies to mitigate risks.

Then they do nothing.

Five things brands can learn from Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace

The allegations that the world’s most famous cyclist, Lance Armstrong, became the most accomplished athlete ever in his sport through the use of performance enhancing drugs has stunned the world.

And the scandal that has erupted has sent shockwaves through the offices of the brands associated with Armstrong.

Not surprisingly, Armstrong’s sponsors are cutting ties with the now zero-time Tour de France winner as the sports world comes to grips with the tactics he allegedly employed to win.  

How to fail the right way: seven tips

The fact that more and more companies are coming to accept and embrace the f-word — failure — is arguably a good thing. After all, for many organizations, fear of failure has been an impediment to progress and innovation.

But the fact that an epic fail here and there can lead to success shouldn’t delude business owners and executives into believing that all failure is created equal. To get the most out of fail, a company must fail properly.

Five key considerations for brands considering new social sites

To join or not to join. When it comes to new social sites, that is the question brands must ask themselves.

While social networks like Facebook and Twitter continue to be dominant, services like Pinterest and Instagram are attracting more and more individuals. Even Google’s social network, Google+, which many were skeptical about, has managed to grow into a respectable channel with more than 100m active monthly users.

Knowledge, due diligence are the keys to using the cloud

From infrastructure-as-a-service (Iaas) all the way up to software-as-a-service (SaaS), more and more companies are heading into the cloud.

There are plenty of good reasons. Using a cloud offering can often reduce a company’s technology capex, and pay-as-you-go pricing is an attractive proposition for companies burned in the past by large, expensive technology initiatives.