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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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  • 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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  • TechRepublic Staff // February 18, 2009, 11:29 PM PST

    Learn how to adopt lean thinking in your IT shop

    This white paper discusses "lean IT thinking" from multiple perspectives and provides guidance for how today's CTO/CIO can create a more cost- and time-efficient operation without sacrificing quality, employee morale, or IT's vital role in the organization.

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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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  • Michael Krigsman // July 24, 2009, 7:05 AM PST

    Evaluating the enterprise software buyer's 'Bill of Rights'

    To help customers bring greater transparency to their relationship with software vendors, a Forrester Research analyst has developed a detailed framework covering the ownership life cycle. Blogger Michael Krigsman says, despite significant caveats, he recommends that customers adopt the bill of rights. Find out why.

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  • Ilya Bogorad // July 27, 2009, 3:07 AM PST

    Lessons in leadership: 30 concrete hiring ideas you can apply straight away

    Ilya Bogorad offers 30 concrete tips that will bring your hiring practices up-to-date with hiring in a knowledge economy. Apply these ideas to find and recruit the best possible people for your team.

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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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  • Michael Krigsman // June 30, 2009, 8:24 PM PST

    Enterprise 2.0: The Kumbaya irony

    Michael Krigsman says he strongly believes in the future promise of Enterprise 2.0 systems, methods, and supporting tools. However, it's time for reasoned arguments and case studies of adoption in real organizations to replace Kumbaya optimism.

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  • Selena Frye // July 7, 2009, 10:55 PM PST

    Protect your organization with updated policies and procedures

    From privacy statements to usage policies, we have ready-to-customize documents in this comprehensive download, IT Professional's Guide to Policies and Procedures, 4th edition. Plus, download the new Social Networking Policy for free.

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  • Michael Krigsman // July 13, 2009, 2:44 AM PST

    The truth about zombie projects

    Zombie projects are failures that just won't die. Gain insight and understanding into these nasty beasts, and find out how you can be a hero in your organization by killing your local zombie.

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  • Michael Krigsman // June 1, 2009, 6:32 AM PST

    IBM's Devil's Triangle: An enterprise software soap opera

    IBM faces lawsuits and public embarrassment in the Philippines over a failed government project involving the company's DB2 database product. Michael Krigsman explains why the situation offers a textbook example of the Devil's Triangle.

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  • Michael Krigsman // June 8, 2009, 2:25 AM PST

    Field guide to interpreting CIO speak

    Looking for a universal translator to interpret and understand your organization's CIO? You're not alone. Use this handy chart as a field guide to communicate more effectively with your CIO.

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  • John McKee // April 23, 2009, 8:59 AM PST

    Why does Apple rise while the rest fall?

    Apple Inc.'s recent successful results are causing debate about the reasons behind it. John M McKee, leadership and business coach, considers both sides of the issue in this article.

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  • 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.

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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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  • 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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