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CIO guide to project management basics, DevOps and Agile

In this Essential Guide, learn project management basics from the experts and discover how to integrate DevOps and adopt an Agile digital strategy.


IT project management is not what it used to be. Digital initiatives and innovation strategies reign supreme, with companies seeking newer and more adaptive methodologies to fulfill their project pipelines. We are starting to see traditional approaches like the hierarchical waterfall method take a back seat to burgeoning Agile and DevOps techniques. The CIO stands at the crossroads of long-standing traditions and modern trends and must determine the right direction for his project management team.

As IT teams know, this is not an easy task and raises an array of tough questions: To what extent should Agile development replace the waterfall method? Can DevOps be reconciled with conventional project management? What will the project management framework of the future look like?

In this CIO Essential Guide, learn techniques for balancing new and traditional project management practices that encourage business efficiency and growth, explore Agile approaches that are set to transform business processes, and see how modern IT organizations are taking advantage of the latest technologies to master project management and push forward digital business.

This Essential Guide on project management basics is designed to give IT leaders strategic management and decision-making advice on timely topics.

1Strategy overview-

Project management tools and techniques

IT project management has never been simple, with CIOs juggling time constraints with cost and the ever-increasing presence of new technologies. However, exercising the right practices can streamline the project management process and help CIOs and their teams prepare for future challenges. In this section, learn IT project management basics and find template examples to simplify the process.


Project management best practices

The right training, technology and strategy can keep businesses on course for growth. Project management skills are a major part of that training, so we've provided some top project management tips from across our sites. Continue Reading


Strategic IT project management guidelines

IT project success depends on a CIO's ability to drive initiatives from start to finish. Use these template examples from around the Web to discover strategic planning tools and help steer your projects in the right direction. Continue Reading


A lesson from startups about IT project funding

The first step to any IT innovation project is often the most challenging: getting funding from the CEO and CFO. Gartner's Barbara Gomolski gives tips on procuring funding through tactful strategy. Continue Reading


The dos and don'ts of big data project management

What factors contribute to big data success? What factors can spell big data failure? Experts provide tips for CIOs on big data project management best practices and pitfalls. Continue Reading

2DevOps integration-

Best practices for making the move to DevOps

Integrating DevOps into your organization's IT structure is proving critical to ensuring continued project management success. But DevOps, which promotes a team-based approach to delivering software and services, marks a significant departure from traditional methods. In this section, get expert advice on how best to incorporate a DevOps culture into your IT team.


Gartner: DevOps teams must include security pros

Gartner analyst David Cearley believes today's CIOs desperately need to revise DevOps to include security. He calls it DevSecOps -- and he's hoping it makes its way into the enterprise. Continue Reading


How to adopt a successful DevOps culture

Incorporating DevOps into your IT shop is not always easy. While no two DevOps shops are alike, there are common threads that run throughout. Here is how you can get to DevOps without causing problems in the data center. Continue Reading


Advice for implementing a solid DevOps team structure

Unifying Dashboards and a DevOps team structure is necessary for a data center to function efficiently and safely. Use these tips to turn DevOps wartime into peacetime. Continue Reading


Two crucial components of DevOps success

DevOps appears to be a step in the right direction for enterprise IT, but it's a big change for an IT team and won't succeed without these two key components. Continue Reading

3Agile management strategies-

Making the shift to Agile project management

When it comes to IT project management, thinking Agile is no longer just an option -- it's a core requirement. Agile approaches introduce a faster and more adaptive management process, breaking down once-monolithic projects into quick-hitting sprints. Are you suitably utilizing Agile in your IT team? This section explores the multiple facets and benefits of Agile project management, and provides tips on how to incorporate it into your digital strategy.


Adapting project management lessons learned to an Agile approach

Improve IT project delivery and efficiency by making lessons learned part of the project management lifecycle and employing Agile best practices. Continue Reading


Agile best practices for IT projects and the enterprise

Experts detail the shift to Agile methodologies and give Agile best practices for the IT project pipeline and for across the enterprise. Continue Reading


Expert project management advice from Jim Highsmith

Agile development specialist Jim Highsmith argues that adaptation in the form of Agile methodologies is imperative to business survival. Here is his prescription for adaptive leadership. Continue Reading

4Use cases-

Project management lessons from the pros

What lessons have your fellow IT professionals learned while managing their IT projects? In this section, we present case studies profiling project management success stories and explore experiences with modern project management and Agile transformation.


Agile and waterfall methodologies converge with two-speed IT

John Deere's two-speed IT system enables Agile and waterfall development methodologies to live alongside one another. Continue Reading


The mechanics of PayPal's Agile transformation

PayPal's technology VP Kirsten Wolberg gives SearchCIO the facts, figures and thinking behind a bold switch from the waterfall model to the Agile development model. Continue Reading


How PayPal pulled off the move to Agile

PayPal's extensive transfer to the Agile methodology was built on "four pillars," took seven months and changed the way 4,000 employees did their jobs. Here's how it happened. Continue Reading


Forbes applies Agile project management approach to digital projects

Forbes CMO Tom Davis recently spoke about his company's digital project challenges and successes at the 2015 Digital Strategy Innovation Summit in New York. Find out how Forbes is mastering content delivery with help from an Agile project management approach. Continue Reading


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