Tech Decision Maker

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  • Rick Freedman // January 30, 2009, 11:14 PM PST

    Define the vision for your IT project with this exercise

    The Vision Box exercise is a powerful way to help define the vision of the ultimate product, motivate the project team, and generate enthusiasm among stakeholders. Learn techniques for effectively facilitating this exercise.


  • Rick Freedman // January 27, 2009, 7:25 PM PST

    Guide clients to make prudent IT project investments

    During an economic downturn, project managers should help clients save money, prioritize their expenditures, and keep their eyes on the prize. Rick Freedman offers several tips on how to steer clients toward making financially prudent project decisions.


  • Michael Krigsman // January 26, 2009, 3:57 AM PST

    10 steps to prevent IT myopia

    Peter Birley has developed a list of 10 points to help IT leaders think strategically about business, organizational, and management issues. Take a look at these practical steps.


  • John McKee // January 22, 2009, 2:51 AM PST

    New job? Here's task 1

    When we get promoted, it can be easy to think that those skills that got us here are what is most required for the next level of success. In this posting, leadership and success coach John M McKee says that decision may be the worst one you make.


  • Ilya Bogorad // January 22, 2009, 2:13 AM PST

    Time to shine: Why the dismal economy can be good for IT leaders

    Job cuts are reported here and there around the globe, no longer in hundreds but in thousands. But TechRepublic blogger Iyla Bogorad believes that now, against the horrible backdrop of the dismal economy is the best possible time for IT leaders to shine.


  • Michael Krigsman // January 20, 2009, 4:04 AM PST

    Debating Forrester Research: Service providers and failure

    Michael Krigsman takes issue with a Forrester Research blog post that pushes virtually all blame for IT failures onto technology buyers.


  • Patrick Gray // March 26, 2009, 2:26 AM PST

    Five keys to successful IT projects

    IT projects can be a massive undertaking, with multimillion dollar budgets and an army of project staff and consultants that rivals a small company. With so much riding on the outcome of these projects, it's imperative that you stack the decks in favor of success. To that effect Patrick Gray offer these five tips, garnered from my experiences working with companies around the world.


  • Ilya Bogorad // March 24, 2009, 3:20 AM PST

    Five ways of thinking that can fell IT leaders

    IT Consultant Ilya Bogorad sees a lot of IT departments that could be greatly successful if not for the faulty beliefs of their leaders. The five beliefs he sees more often could damage the IT shop as well as the IT leader's career.


  • Erik Eckel // March 17, 2009, 10:53 PM PST

    Check out two Microsoft Project alternatives: Basecamp and QuickBase

    When managing an IT initiative, most technology professionals automatically turn to Microsoft Project. Erik Eckel describes two highly-capable alternatives to Microsoft Project: 37signals' Basecamp and Intuit's QuickBase.


  • John McKee // March 19, 2009, 10:49 AM PST

    Making the most of being unemployed

    You may be employed, but the chances are you know someone who's been thrown out of work. In this article, career and leadership coach John M McKee offers 8 tips for anyone struggling to help make it through the difficulty of being unemployed.


  • Scott Robinson // March 5, 2009, 4:07 AM PST

    IT must change to keep pace with connected users

    Customers, fresh-out-of-school employees and other consumers of our information today learn more about the flow of information and how individuals and groups can use it, before they've finished high school, than we currently teach them in college. This generation of iPhoning, iPodding, tweeting, txting MySpacers has not only driven a change in the forms; they're defining "content" for themselves, and they like it that way. What will this mean for IT?


  • Erik Eckel // March 24, 2009, 11:34 PM PST

    Three tips for avoiding project estimating mistakes

    Project cost oversights are incredibly common, but IT project managers can avoid estimating mistakes by being well prepared up-front. Erik Eckel offers some advice.


  • John McKee // March 12, 2009, 6:52 AM PST

    Payscales and policies cause a loss of the best talent

    Companies and organizations are shooting themselves in the feet with new policies designed to show that they can be frugal. In this article, business success coach John M McKee makes the case that bad action is worse than no action at all when it comes to retaining talent.


  • John McKee // March 4, 2009, 10:07 AM PST

    10 questions to find out if you suck at wealth management

    Many leaders are dissatisfied with their personal life and financial situation. In this blog, leadership coach John M McKee suggests managing each of the 3 key life elements to ensure satisfaction over the long haul.


  • Tom Mochal // March 3, 2009, 7:10 AM PST

    Use Monte Carlo analysis for sophisticated project scheduling

    Monte Carlo analysis can help you determine multiple possible outcomes of projects and tasks as part of your project management work. Project management guru Tom Mochal provides a brief overview of how it works.