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Quiz: IT project management essentials for growing a business

Are you keeping your project pipeline in check? Review our recent stories and take our quiz to assess your knowledge of IT project management essentials.

Think project and portfolio management (PPM) isn't an essential form of IT prioritization? Think again. PPM is at the heart of all areas of IT: business transformation, startup success, enterprise innovation and, of course, traditional project management. Without it, your organization will likely fall prey to inefficiencies and fall short of its business goals.

Review some of our recent SearchCIO stories and take our quiz to test your knowledge of project management essentials that can keep your IT projects on point and your business moving forward.

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Learn how to quantify the value of technology in your organization. Then, read SearchCIO columnist Bryan Barringer's guide to effectively starting and maintaining a business. Finally, check out our free project management essentials template examples for strategic IT planning.

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What areas of project management require the most attention?
I've always found that communication is the part of project management that needs the most attention. That is, people need to know what to say, who to say it to, and when it should be said. When people aren't talking to each other, you tend to get blindsided by problems that could have been easily avoided.

We've also learned to have one person in charge of making final decisions for the project -  centralized control helps.