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  • TechRepublic Staff // March 10, 2009, 5:10 AM PST

    Download this project status report template

    Download this template, created by project management guru Tom Mochal, to effectively communicate project status to stakeholders and keep everyone on the same page.

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  • Scott Lowe // March 14, 2009, 2:59 PM PST

    Software maintenance pricing - Fair or out of control?

    Like it or not, software and hardware maintenance is a way of life in IT. Although IT organizations make every attempt to free up enough dollars to continue moving the business forward, sometimes entrenched vendors demand an increasing part of the budget pie. My department is currently facing two large maintenance increases of 10% and 15%, respectively. With a 0% increase in my budget this year, these increases mean that something else has to go. Read on.

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  • Michael Krigsman // March 17, 2009, 1:31 PM PST

    IDC Directions09: Analyst perspectives on IT failure

    While attending the Directions09 conference in Boston, ZDNet blogger Michael Krigsman talked to two IDC analysts to get their take on why IT projects fail. Find out what they identify as the major causes of failure.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • TechRepublic Staff // March 23, 2009, 12:02 AM PST

    10 things IT can do to manage data better

    Doing more with less is the new reality for most IT departments. If protecting unstructured data on file shares and NAS devices falls within your responsibilities, these 10 tips will help make life a little easier.

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  • Scott Lowe // March 23, 2009, 1:23 PM PST

    Everyone matters a little but not everyone matters a lot

    Every day, we form new and manage existing relationships with those around us. Managing relationships can be extremely difficult and it's important to realize that not every relationship has to be maintained at the same level. Some people, either by their actions or their positions, matter only as it pertains to service levels. Others, though, matter a great deal more. Benny Sisko gives a rambling introspective look at his own dealings.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Michael Krigsman // March 27, 2009, 1:27 AM PST

    Select Comfort: Management malaise and ego

    Mattress retailer Select Comfort Corp. is closing 55 stores as auditors question the company's ability to stay afloat. Michael Krigsman says these financial problems reflect the same questionable business judgment that caused the company's IT failures.

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  • John McKee // March 27, 2009, 2:22 AM PST

    Six performance tips for stressed IT pros

    Levels of stress seem to be on the rise everywhere. How we deal with it affects our performance and career success. Career and leadership coach John M. McKee offers six tips and tactics that have helped his clients in demanding times.

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  • 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.

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  • John McKee // March 31, 2009, 2:04 AM PST

    It was right to fire the chairman of GM

    Back in July of 2008, leadership coach John M McKee asked if the US auto industry was destined to fail. In this article, he discusses why it was right to fire General Motor's CEO Richard Wagoner.

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  • Michael Krigsman // March 31, 2009, 2:50 AM PST

    Project governance and failure

    ZDNet blogger Michael Krigsman recently talked about project governance and failure to a Master's class in strategic project management at University College London. You can view the slides or download his presentation to the UCL class.

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  • Scott Lowe // March 31, 2009, 2:40 PM PST

    What's your green goal: Money or trees?

    Buzzwords can get old and jumping on the bandwagon can quickly become nothing more than riding on other's coattails. Overuse of a term or idea can muddy the waters around what that term or idea is really supposed to denote. When it comes to "green", Scott Lowe takes a cynical look at green efforts, which are often about a different kind of green - money - even as said efforts are purported to be about saving the world.

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