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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.


  • Michael Krigsman // April 7, 2009, 5:04 AM PST

    Programmers and IT failure

    Read Jeff Atwood's tongue-in-cheek descriptions of eight levels of programming achievement. Then consider this question: What do you think about the role of programmers in causing or preventing failed IT projects?


  • TechRepublic Staff // April 7, 2009, 8:56 PM PST

    Ensure IT project approval with this quality plan template

    Many IT projects fall short of client expectations because the project manager didn't think ahead about how he or she was going to manage quality on the project. This quality plan template gives project managers a solid jumping-off point for developing their own quality management approach.


  • John McKee // April 30, 2009, 9:09 AM PST

    News flash: In most companies, it's harder for women

    Recently interviewed executive and leadership coach John M McKee about difficulties faced by women in corporate life for their Women in Business section. Having hired, promoted, fired and laid off thousands of people during his career, John has some strong feelings about this subject.


  • John McKee // April 9, 2009, 10:45 AM PST

    If you don't have a mentor, now's a good time

    In demanding times, you need as much "backup" as you can get. One of the best, says leadership and career coach John M McKee, is a mentor. In this article he provides some tips about getting the right one.


  • Scott Lowe // April 9, 2009, 1:42 PM PST

    The offshoring debate in a small organization

    In-house, outsourcing, offshoring, onshoring; for some, doing the right thing is more important than the money involved. IT pro Benny Sisko believes that keeping work local is an important consideration when it comes to making this decision.


  • Michael Krigsman // April 14, 2009, 12:13 AM PST

    Five reasons to discuss project failure

    ZDNet blogger Michael Krigsman offers five reasons why he believes analyzing project failures can lead to greater insight than merely talking about project successes.


  • Toni Bowers // April 14, 2009, 12:46 AM PST

    IT leaders: Want to be a blogger?

    We're looking for a few good leaders. Tech leaders, that is. If you'd like to try your hand at blogging in our IT Leadership blog, here's what we need from you.


  • Ilya Bogorad // April 14, 2009, 1:00 AM PST

    Five more ways of thinking that can doom IT leaders

    Ilya Bogorad follows up on his first installment of five faulty ways of thinking for IT leaders with an installment of five more limiting beliefs that can doom your leadership efforts.


  • Paul Glen // April 14, 2009, 8:53 PM PST

    First-time project managers need failures

    One of the greatest impediments to a first-time project manager's success is their need to succeed. Paul Glen says there are three things they really need -- and early success isn't one of them.


  • John McKee // April 16, 2009, 3:23 AM PST

    10 ways to get honest feedback (before it's too late)

    The recession is causing many businesses to cut expenses and reduce headcounts as they try to survive. In this article, leadership coach John M. McKee says that there are many other options available. But most leaders need to learn how to listen better.


  • Selena Frye // April 15, 2009, 6:29 AM PST

    Download our cost-cutting guide to find more ways to trim

    If you're scraping the bottom of the barrel for ways to do more with less, download our IT cost-cutting guide for fresh ideas and budget-trimming inspiration.


  • Scott Lowe // April 16, 2009, 10:55 AM PST

    With these two features I hereby declare the iPhone (almost) enterprise-worthy

    With the release of the beta of the iPhone 3.0 OS, Apple has included two features that massively improve the iPhone enterprise creds. Scott Lowe risks bricking his iPhone so that he can bring you the details.


  • Michael Krigsman // April 19, 2009, 8:23 PM PST

    Seven (nasty) truths about IT spending

    Michael Krigsman discusses a recent Harvard Business Review article that explores the harsh realities associated with out-of-control IT costs. He says the author suggests a certain Draconian inflexibility that just doesn't make sense.


  • Patrick Gray // April 21, 2009, 4:16 AM PST

    Talent management: Too important to leave to HR

    You can't just forget about staff development, even in bad economic times. Patrick Gray tells you why it's more important than ever to recruit and interview wisely and continue developing your staff with low-cost training and careful evaluations.