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  • Erik Eckel // March 24, 2009, 11:34 PM PST

    Three tips for avoiding project estimating mistakes

    Project cost oversights are incredibly common, but IT project managers can avoid estimating mistakes by being well prepared up-front. Erik Eckel offers some advice.

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  • Ilya Bogorad // March 24, 2009, 3:20 AM PST

    Five ways of thinking that can fell IT leaders

    IT Consultant Ilya Bogorad sees a lot of IT departments that could be greatly successful if not for the faulty beliefs of their leaders. The five beliefs he sees more often could damage the IT shop as well as the IT leader's career.

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  • Scott Lowe // March 23, 2009, 1:23 PM PST

    Everyone matters a little but not everyone matters a lot

    Every day, we form new and manage existing relationships with those around us. Managing relationships can be extremely difficult and it's important to realize that not every relationship has to be maintained at the same level. Some people, either by their actions or their positions, matter only as it pertains to service levels. Others, though, matter a great deal more. Benny Sisko gives a rambling introspective look at his own dealings.

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  • TechRepublic Staff // March 23, 2009, 12:02 AM PST

    10 things IT can do to manage data better

    Doing more with less is the new reality for most IT departments. If protecting unstructured data on file shares and NAS devices falls within your responsibilities, these 10 tips will help make life a little easier.

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  • John McKee // March 19, 2009, 10:49 AM PST

    Making the most of being unemployed

    You may be employed, but the chances are you know someone who's been thrown out of work. In this article, career and leadership coach John M McKee offers 8 tips for anyone struggling to help make it through the difficulty of being unemployed.

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  • Erik Eckel // March 17, 2009, 10:53 PM PST

    Check out two Microsoft Project alternatives: Basecamp and QuickBase

    When managing an IT initiative, most technology professionals automatically turn to Microsoft Project. Erik Eckel describes two highly-capable alternatives to Microsoft Project: 37signals' Basecamp and Intuit's QuickBase.

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  • Michael Krigsman // March 17, 2009, 1:31 PM PST

    IDC Directions09: Analyst perspectives on IT failure

    While attending the Directions09 conference in Boston, ZDNet blogger Michael Krigsman talked to two IDC analysts to get their take on why IT projects fail. Find out what they identify as the major causes of failure.

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  • Scott Lowe // March 14, 2009, 2:59 PM PST

    Software maintenance pricing - Fair or out of control?

    Like it or not, software and hardware maintenance is a way of life in IT. Although IT organizations make every attempt to free up enough dollars to continue moving the business forward, sometimes entrenched vendors demand an increasing part of the budget pie. My department is currently facing two large maintenance increases of 10% and 15%, respectively. With a 0% increase in my budget this year, these increases mean that something else has to go. Read on.

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  • John McKee // March 12, 2009, 6:52 AM PST

    Payscales and policies cause a loss of the best talent

    Companies and organizations are shooting themselves in the feet with new policies designed to show that they can be frugal. In this article, business success coach John M McKee makes the case that bad action is worse than no action at all when it comes to retaining talent.

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  • Michael Krigsman // March 11, 2009, 2:43 AM PST

    Roche CIO discusses IT, consultants, and the Devil's Triangle

    In this ZDNet podcast, Roche CIO Jennifer Allerton discusses the CIO's evolving role, success and failure on IT projects, and the IT Devil's Triangle.

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  • TechRepublic Staff // March 10, 2009, 5:10 AM PST

    Download this project status report template

    Download this template, created by project management guru Tom Mochal, to effectively communicate project status to stakeholders and keep everyone on the same page.

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  • Toni Bowers // March 9, 2009, 5:22 AM PST

    ERP: 12 things to do before you write the vendor a check

    If you're an IT manager who's been tasked with finding an ERP solution, you know it's a complex road. Here's some advice about what questions to ask your company and prospective vendors.

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  • Scott Robinson // March 5, 2009, 4:07 AM PST

    IT must change to keep pace with connected users

    Customers, fresh-out-of-school employees and other consumers of our information today learn more about the flow of information and how individuals and groups can use it, before they've finished high school, than we currently teach them in college. This generation of iPhoning, iPodding, tweeting, txting MySpacers has not only driven a change in the forms; they're defining "content" for themselves, and they like it that way. What will this mean for IT?

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  • John McKee // March 4, 2009, 10:07 AM PST

    10 questions to find out if you suck at wealth management

    Many leaders are dissatisfied with their personal life and financial situation. In this blog, leadership coach John M McKee suggests managing each of the 3 key life elements to ensure satisfaction over the long haul.

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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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