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  • Selena Frye // April 15, 2009, 6:29 AM PST

    Download our cost-cutting guide to find more ways to trim

    If you're scraping the bottom of the barrel for ways to do more with less, download our IT cost-cutting guide for fresh ideas and budget-trimming inspiration.

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  • Paul Glen // April 14, 2009, 8:53 PM PST

    First-time project managers need failures

    One of the greatest impediments to a first-time project manager's success is their need to succeed. Paul Glen says there are three things they really need -- and early success isn't one of them.

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  • Ilya Bogorad // April 14, 2009, 1:00 AM PST

    Five more ways of thinking that can doom IT leaders

    Ilya Bogorad follows up on his first installment of five faulty ways of thinking for IT leaders with an installment of five more limiting beliefs that can doom your leadership efforts.

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  • Toni Bowers // April 14, 2009, 12:46 AM PST

    IT leaders: Want to be a blogger?

    We're looking for a few good leaders. Tech leaders, that is. If you'd like to try your hand at blogging in our IT Leadership blog, here's what we need from you.

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  • Michael Krigsman // April 14, 2009, 12:13 AM PST

    Five reasons to discuss project failure

    ZDNet blogger Michael Krigsman offers five reasons why he believes analyzing project failures can lead to greater insight than merely talking about project successes.

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  • Scott Lowe // April 9, 2009, 1:42 PM PST

    The offshoring debate in a small organization

    In-house, outsourcing, offshoring, onshoring; for some, doing the right thing is more important than the money involved. IT pro Benny Sisko believes that keeping work local is an important consideration when it comes to making this decision.

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  • John McKee // April 9, 2009, 10:45 AM PST

    If you don't have a mentor, now's a good time

    In demanding times, you need as much "backup" as you can get. One of the best, says leadership and career coach John M McKee, is a mentor. In this article he provides some tips about getting the right one.

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  • TechRepublic Staff // April 7, 2009, 8:56 PM PST

    Ensure IT project approval with this quality plan template

    Many IT projects fall short of client expectations because the project manager didn't think ahead about how he or she was going to manage quality on the project. This quality plan template gives project managers a solid jumping-off point for developing their own quality management approach.

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  • Michael Krigsman // April 7, 2009, 5:04 AM PST

    Programmers and IT failure

    Read Jeff Atwood's tongue-in-cheek descriptions of eight levels of programming achievement. Then consider this question: What do you think about the role of programmers in causing or preventing failed IT projects?

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  • Scott Lowe // March 31, 2009, 2:40 PM PST

    What's your green goal: Money or trees?

    Buzzwords can get old and jumping on the bandwagon can quickly become nothing more than riding on other's coattails. Overuse of a term or idea can muddy the waters around what that term or idea is really supposed to denote. When it comes to "green", Scott Lowe takes a cynical look at green efforts, which are often about a different kind of green - money - even as said efforts are purported to be about saving the world.

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  • Michael Krigsman // March 31, 2009, 2:50 AM PST

    Project governance and failure

    ZDNet blogger Michael Krigsman recently talked about project governance and failure to a Master's class in strategic project management at University College London. You can view the slides or download his presentation to the UCL class.

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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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  • Michael Krigsman // March 27, 2009, 1:27 AM PST

    Select Comfort: Management malaise and ego

    Mattress retailer Select Comfort Corp. is closing 55 stores as auditors question the company's ability to stay afloat. Michael Krigsman says these financial problems reflect the same questionable business judgment that caused the company's IT failures.

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  • Patrick Gray // March 26, 2009, 2:26 AM PST

    Five keys to successful IT projects

    IT projects can be a massive undertaking, with multimillion dollar budgets and an army of project staff and consultants that rivals a small company. With so much riding on the outcome of these projects, it's imperative that you stack the decks in favor of success. To that effect Patrick Gray offer these five tips, garnered from my experiences working with companies around the world.

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