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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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  • John McKee // June 25, 2009, 11:39 AM PST

    He's an old dog. But new tricks are needed

    Can an insider fix any organization that's truly broken? Or does such a situation require fresh perspective without the baggage that comes from years in the organization? In this article, leadership and business coach John M McKee looks at the outlook for General Motors.

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  • Rick Freedman // June 16, 2009, 1:23 PM PST

    The roots of agile project management

    Here's a brief history of agile project management. By brushing up on these fundamental concepts, you'll gain insight into the challenges and problems that agile techniques are designed to resolve.

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  • John McKee // June 18, 2009, 9:52 AM PST

    These 6 tactics will improve the team's productivity

    Layoffs and bad news can bring down any team's productivity. In this blog, leadership coach John M. McKee provides tactics for leaders looking to ensure their team remains focused and positive.

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  • Michael Krigsman // June 22, 2009, 9:11 AM PST

    HP connects IT investment, value, and transparency

    HP's primary strategic message about the future direction of project portfolio management (PPM) involves helping IT departments improve their ability to quantify project costs, benefits, and derived value. Michael Krigsman thinks the strategy is sound, but it's no silver bullet.

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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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  • Paul Glen // June 23, 2009, 11:36 PM PST

    Is your project a real project?

    Projects are a powerful tool for selecting work, motivating staff, aligning technology with business, and building client relationships. Paul Glen lists five important features of projects that distinguish them from other forms of work organization.

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  • Jacob Ukelson // June 25, 2009, 4:07 AM PST

    Five ways to discover unstructured processes

    Many companies tend to ignore unstructured processes and instead focus their IT efforts on the larger, structured processes like CRM and ERP. Here's why taking this attitude can be expensive.

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  • John McKee // June 27, 2009, 2:03 AM PST

    Michael Jackson's mistakes similar to many in leadership roles

    While much has been written about Michael Jackson's quirks and issues, not much has shown the similarities of his actions and those of many corporate and political leaders. Executive coach John M McKee points out some and the reason behind them

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  • Scott Lowe // June 29, 2009, 2:36 PM PST

    Out with Treos, in with iPhones

    While in Louisville, Kentucky for TechRepublic's 10th birthday, Scott Lowe mentioned to Jason Hiner that Westminster College was moving away from Windows Mobile-based Treos in favor of iPhones. He tweeted this to the world, so I thought I'd follow up with a little bit of background.

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  • Rick Freedman // June 30, 2009, 3:07 AM PST

    Agile teams: Focus on the people rather than the process

    Rick Freedman believes the agile PM's most important roles are to create a collaborative environment that enables teams to achieve creative results and to encourage contributors to focus on group goals and agendas rather than the individual.

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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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  • Rick Freedman // July 6, 2009, 4:36 PM PST

    Agile requirements discovery: Tell me a story

    Having trouble gathering agile requirements from a nontechnical client? Rick Freedman says you might consider asking for user stories. These stories, which are short and written in plain English, outline what tasks users plan to do when they sit down at the keyboard.

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  • Ilya Bogorad // July 7, 2009, 11:05 PM PST

    Lessons in leadership: How to build a winning team

    Ilya Bogorad lists the key qualities of a great team and shares the seven individual traits you should aim to find when you're building a team from the ground up. He believes that if you find people with the right mindset, you can develop the specific skills later.

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  • Scott Lowe // July 12, 2009, 6:45 AM PST

    A CIO's take on the home PC support dilemma

    This week, Bill Detwiler posed this poll question: Should corporate help desks support home PCs? CIO Scott Lowe has wrestled with this issue at two organizations. He shares his thoughts on the topic.

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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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