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  • John McKee // August 19, 2009, 5:47 AM PST

    Ask the Leadership Coach: Sex, code, and rock'n'roll

    Most professionals realize that personal relationships at the workplace are likely to end poorly. Some can even kill one's career. This week, our leadership coach John M. McKee answers letters from two individuals who've found themselves dealing with this situation.

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  • Andrew Makar // August 17, 2009, 6:39 AM PST

    Confirm your Microsoft Project Schedule is ready for EVM

    This eight-step checklist will help you determine whether your Microsoft Project Schedule is ready for earned value management (EVM).

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  • John McKee // August 12, 2009, 5:41 AM PST

    Ask the Leadership Coach: Outsourcing from both sides of the divide

    In this article, executive coach John M. McKee answers letters dealing with the affects of global outsourcing. One letter is from a concerned employee recently terminated, another from a CEO struggling with the cost/benefit equation of outsourcing.

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  • Michael Krigsman // August 12, 2009, 2:57 AM PST

    Three big reasons CRM initiatives fail

    CRM failure rates have remained high during the last 10 years, indicating that many organizations don't receive full benefit from their CRM initiatives. Michael Krigsman examines important reasons for this situation.

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  • Patrick Gray // August 11, 2009, 4:48 AM PST

    Chromed Out: What Google's Chrome OS means to CIOs

    Patrick Gray lets the dust settle on the Google Chrome OS announcement and takes a practical look at what the OS might mean for CIOs.

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  • Rick Freedman // August 10, 2009, 6:02 AM PST

    User stories: The starting point in agile development

    Rick Freedman explains how user stories can help agile developers understand users' expectations. He also discusses the three Cs, user role modeling, and epic stories.

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  • Bob Gourley // August 10, 2009, 3:33 AM PST

    Open Source for America: A resource for the Gov2.0 CTO

    Former Defense Intelligence Agency CTO Bob Gourley outlines the goals of Open Source for America. The coalition is designed to serve as a centralized resource for information on open source technologies, thereby helping serve the U.S. Federal Government's mission. Here is how you can get involved.

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  • Scott Lowe // August 9, 2009, 9:32 AM PST

    A week in the trenches reinforces respect for my staff

    A week back in the trenches with his IT staff reminds CIO Scott Lowe of all the things that go into creating a successful network that serves the needs of all users -- focus, teamwork, technical expertise, and a lot of manual labor!

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  • John McKee // August 5, 2009, 11:00 PM PST

    Ask the Leadership Coach: Handling a promotion and finding your purpose

    Got questions about your leadership or management style? Send them to Leadership Coach John M. McKee. In this post, he offers advice to someone handling a promotion from within her team and a manager disappointed with his current job and looking for a better fit.

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  • Michael Krigsman // August 3, 2009, 4:23 AM PST

    CRM failure rates: 2001-2009

    Data indicates that substantial numbers of CRM customers are dissatisfied with some significant aspect of their implementations. Michael Krigsman says CRM technology vendors and consulting companies should take this message seriously.

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  • Scott Lowe // August 2, 2009, 12:39 PM PST

    Six ways to manage your relationship with your CIO

    Discussions in the TechRepublic forums often reveal strained relationships between IT staff and their managers and CIOs. Benny Sisko provides six tips for both sides of the divide to help keep relationships cordial, professional, and productive.

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  • William Hopkins // July 29, 2009, 11:46 PM PST

    IT leader's guide to working with industry analysts

    Working with industry analysts is more complicated than most IT pros expect. The hard part is putting a process in place to ensure that you are getting the most out of your deal by educating your organization about how they can use the analyst data to make better decisions.

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  • Scott Lowe // July 29, 2009, 1:38 PM PST

    Do Apple and AT&T iPhone policies impede corporate adoption?

    While consumers have flocked to the iPhone, enterprise customers have adopted a wary stance. After writing a very positive post about the iPhone, Scott Lowe puts on his objective hat and provides some thoughts on why some enterprises remain unfriendly to the iPhone.

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  • John McKee // July 29, 2009, 7:19 AM PST

    Five warning signs of becoming a corporate maniac

    Corporate maniacs can make life intolerable. Many of these leaders don't even know they're acting like one. Is it possible that you're a corporate maniac? Leadership coach John M McKee provides five warning signs to look out for.

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  • Toni Bowers // July 28, 2009, 6:05 AM PST

    The state of network management: Focus on performance before fault

    In the fire-fighting day-to-day world of the network manager, the quest to find and fix networked application performance problems before end users are impacted can seem like a far-off goal. That may be changing but, according to NetQoS's State of Management survey report based on feedback from more than 300 network engineering, operations and management professionals, quite a few obstacles remain.

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