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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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  • John McKee // July 22, 2009, 11:00 PM PST

    Motivate a slumping team with an approach that's worked for 65 years

    If you're looking to motivate your team there are some approaches that can be easily implemented and bring quick results. In this blog, leadership coach John M McKee discusses an idea that has been used very successfully worldwide for decades.

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  • Rick Freedman // July 20, 2009, 2:05 AM PST

    Six Sigma: Changing organizations for the better

    The Six Sigma philosophy, which has been implemented by such companies as GE and American Express, starts with a very simple and obvious idea: defects cost money. Learn more about the philosophy in this high-level overview.

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  • Scott Lowe // July 19, 2009, 1:54 PM PST

    Infighting in the IT department can lead to derailed projects

    Constructive debate is an important component in healthy organizational dynamics. However, once a decision is made, the whole group needs to get on board and forge ahead. The CIO must clarify priorities and move the group toward that goal. Benny Sisko shares with you one story of IT infighting gone bad.

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  • John McKee // July 15, 2009, 6:55 AM PST

    10 great ideas from five great bosses

    Despite the negative environment, many organizations and companies are still enjoying great successes. In this article, executive and leadership coach John M. McKee shares ideas that you can use to build a more successful organization.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 // 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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