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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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  • Patrick Gray // February 23, 2009, 10:17 PM PST

    Create a marketplace-driven IT shop

    What can IT management learn from the video gaming and portable entertainment industries? In this blog, Patrick Gray says it's by letting go of rules-based platforms.

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  • TechRepublic Staff // February 24, 2009, 7:38 AM PST

    Track project activities with this customizable template

    Download this project management workbook template, which was developed by Global Knowledge's PMP certified instructors. Worksheet activities include Budget, Cost/Benefit Analysis, Work Breakdown Structure, and more.

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  • Scott Lowe // February 25, 2009, 1:34 PM PST

    Doing more with less has limits

    Doing more with less has become the phrase of the times as companies struggle to meet financial goals. The story below from Benny Sisko is hardly uncommon anymore, but is a healthy reminder that the "work box" is only so large. Hard choices will have to be made. Read on.

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  • 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.

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  • Michael Krigsman // February 28, 2009, 11:32 PM PST

    20 cynical project management tips

    Ever wonder why so many projects fail? Well, here's your guide to the seamy underbelly of IT project management.

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  • Phil Goodwin // March 1, 2009, 10:05 PM PST

    Stop buying storage

    During the current economic downturn, IT organizations must take steps to optimize existing assets. Storage managers no longer have the luxury of cutting management corners. However, the situation presents an opportunity to complete existing projects while implementing processes, procedures, and simple technologies to improve the storage cost profile.

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  • 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.

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  • Scott Lowe // March 4, 2009, 4:33 AM PST

    Doing more with more is a recipe for success

    Even in a rough economy, not all organizations are regarding IT as simply a cost center. When approached in the right way, CEOs are still willing to add resources to overstretched IT departments, particularly when the goals of that department are tightly linked with the CEO's priorities. Benny Sisko provides a positive update from a story he submitted last week.

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  • TechRepublic Staff // March 4, 2009, 5:05 AM PST

    Understanding the changes in the PMBOK Guide, 4th edition

    Find out what changes were made in the 4th edition of the PMI's PMBOK Guide. Also, discover how these changes will impact IT pros running projects and those studying for the Project Management Professional (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exams.

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  • 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?

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  • Toni Bowers // March 9, 2009, 5:22 AM PST

    ERP: 12 things to do before you write the vendor a check

    If you're an IT manager who's been tasked with finding an ERP solution, you know it's a complex road. Here's some advice about what questions to ask your company and prospective vendors.

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  • Michael Krigsman // March 11, 2009, 2:43 AM PST

    Roche CIO discusses IT, consultants, and the Devil's Triangle

    In this ZDNet podcast, Roche CIO Jennifer Allerton discusses the CIO's evolving role, success and failure on IT projects, and the IT Devil's Triangle.

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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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