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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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Scott Lowe // June 14, 2009, 5:14 PM PST

    Inclusiveness without boundaries leads to poor project execution

    Missed deadlines, poorly thought out requirements, and a lack of leadership are enough to doom anyone's project. How do you put such a train wreck back on track? Benny Sisko shares his experience of having to take control of a project gone wrong.


  • John McKee // June 11, 2009, 6:19 AM PST

    The recession and your career as a leader

    Today, more than ever, many leaders are finding themselves out of work. Executive and leadership coach John M. McKee provides some ideas about what to expect in the future and how to deal with today's situation.


  • Scott Lowe // June 9, 2009, 7:03 AM PST

    Erase the IT/Business divide mindset to achieve better results

    Scott Lowe believes that we must get over the perception that IT is somehow disconnected from the organization in order to work in harmony to help the business succeed. Here are some tips on how to dissolve the IT/Business divide.


  • 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.


  • Rick Freedman // June 5, 2009, 3:52 AM PST

    Agile project management: Estimating the unknown

    Every conversation about agile project management eventually turns to the question of estimating. Rick Freedman explains why estimation in an agile environment is not as mysterious as many PMs think.


  • John McKee // June 4, 2009, 4:50 AM PST

    10 tactics and tips to make the most of your vacation

    In today's environment, taking a vacation may seem like the least important issue facing many people. However, leadership coach John M. McKee says sticking around the office is short-sighted. Taking advantage of this annual rite is one of the best ways to ensure your ongoing career success and overall satisfaction.


  • 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.


  • Patrick Gray // June 1, 2009, 5:34 AM PST

    The CIO is dead (Long live the CIO)

    Patrick Gray takes on the changing role of the CIO, writing that a C-level position for IT will no longer be warranted unless it evolves beyond the operational, shared-service mentality.


  • Scott Lowe // May 30, 2009, 12:39 PM PST

    Sometimes, you just have to say no

    Even when an explicit IT governance model is not possible, some steps need to be taken to control what could quickly become chaos. Someone has to make decisions as to what can and can't be done and set a timeline. Benny Sisko provides an overview of his organization's efforts to maintain order while getting the important stuff done.


  • Rick Freedman // May 27, 2009, 4:12 AM PST

    Managing innovative projects: Don't mistake the map for the journey

    Innovative projects call for innovative methods, but that doesn't have to mean abandoning the benefits gained by applying structured project management techniques. Learn why agile approaches are appropriate for creative, inventive projects.