This week President Donald Trump announced $200 billion worth of tariffs that will be effective in August, as part of an escalating trade war with China. The administration unveiled the products affected in a 200-page list that begins with “Edible offal of bovine animals, fresh or chilled” and ends with “Antiques of an age exceeding one hundred years.”
While the overwhelming majority may seem like mundane, retail products that affect the common consumer more than big business, there are many major items to take note of. We’re here to sift through this gargantuan, often incomprehensible list to give you the products most relevant to big business. (more…)
Project Assistants CEO Gus Cicala will write quarterly contributions for the blog that provide his view of what is going on in the world of project management and what it might mean for your organization.
As we reach the midpoint of the decade it’s helpful to take a big-picture look at the state of Project and Portfolio Management. From my chair, all of the economic, corporate and technological fronts have the arrow pointed up for Project and Portfolio Management. This, of course, is a reason for optimism, but it also places a heavier onus on doing Project and Portfolio Management right.
We are thrilled to announce that Project Assistants President and CEO, Gus Cicala, will be the keynote speaker for the Day Two of ProjectSummit Boston. The conference runs from October 20-23, 2014, with Gus set to speak on October 21st.
This honor is the latest in a long series of acclaim Gus has received for his topic “Leadership Is Taken, Not Given.” (more…)
Project Assistants CEO Gus Cicala will write semi-monthly contributions for the blog that provide his view of what is going on in the world of project management and what it might mean for your organization.
January is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the realities of the past year and plan to apply those lessons to the upcoming year. And 2014 looks to be a transitionary year. With the dizzying rate of change in this IT age, we can no longer track business culture in terms of generations or even decades, but half decades. As such, 2014 marks the last year of the first half of the 2010s, and in many ways, it will usher in the next era.
So let’s take this opportunity to look at several of the biggest trends of 2013 and determine what it will mean for project management moving forward.
2013 Trend: The global economy has seen an uptick, returning us a bit closer to the mean. (more…)
What if 25 of the leading project managers were to come together and share their best piece of advice for success in project management? That is the premise of the newly-released The Keys to Our Success, for which Project Assistants President and CEO, Gus Cicala, is a contributing author.
During attritive economic times, luck alone does not determine which organizations survive and which become extinct. There is a process of Survival of the Fittest that takes place, to where those who are most attuned to the economic climate, business culture and consumer trends live on to fight another day.
While this perspective highlights the importance of “fitness” to a given environment, the true crucial feature is adaptability itself. As an example, let’s say that we lived in a business culture to where consumers only sought out the biggest and most recognizable names in a given industry. The organizations hauling in the largest profits and making the most notable expansions are able to hoard the market, whereas organizations earning slim margins on low-risk projects are simply flooding the market and are bound to die off. (more…)
The New Year is a natural crossroads that we reach every year. It’s an opportunity to assess the realities of the past year and, from that, consider what you’d like to see happen in the upcoming year given the expectation of what is to come. With this perspective on New Years, we find that a commitment to Project Portfolio Management (PPM) is the perfect New Year’s resolution, since the recent past has solidified its prevalence and the near future will augment its importance.