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5 Top Tips for Better ITAM Metrics

IT asset management (IATM), when done right, can work wonders for your company. But while it can help save time and money as it is, it can be taken to the next level and do even more for your company. In a post at his site, Joe the IT Guy gives five tips for better ITAM metrics: Understand why reporting matters. Look at the potential benefits. Align ITAM to the rest of the business. Design …

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Managing the Stakeholder Attitudes That Control Your Project’s Fate

Stakeholders’ attitudes are going to drive their reactions and approaches to your project. So if you want your project to have a maximum of support, you need to observe and manage these attitudes to the best of your ability. In a post for Voices on Project Management, Lynda Bourne explains how to manage stakeholder attitudes and perceptions. Addressing Attitudes The first step is to gauge the current level of support that is behind the project. …

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How to Manage a Team Member with a Negative Attitude

In an ideal world, everyone who worked on a project would have a positive attitude about the work they were doing. But not everyone necessarily cares about their work or the environment, and it can cause issues to your project as a whole. In a post at A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Elizabeth Harrin describes the options at your disposal to manage a team member with a negative attitude. Containing Negativity Harrin is quick …

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5 Reasons Why Your Project Manager Has No People Skills

Having a manager of people without good people skills is like having an apple pie without apples. It shouldn’t be so hard to find someone who has high emotional intelligence and communication skills, but sometimes you’re stuck in a situation where they clearly lack either. So how on earth did they get this position? In a post at his blog, author Scott Berkun explains five reasons why some managers have poor people skills: It takes …

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Taking Interim CIO Jobs

While the interim position has a connotation as being directed to less senior positions, would-be interim CIOs are jumping at the chance to give it a whirl. With this position on the rise, how can you make it work for you? In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels highlights some pointers: Take the chance to become a well-rounded executive. Use your experiences to improve other leaders. Grab the opportunity to be a true change agent. …

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How to Respond to Difficult Presentation Questions

Jerry Seinfeld’s joke on how the average person would rather be in the coffin than give the eulogy at a funeral is famous because it has truth in it. People are generally scared of and avoid public speaking. It is even worse when you may have to field difficult questions from stakeholders. In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall gives some tips on how to respond to those difficult presentation questions. Decoding …

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Stop Framing Practical Project Moves as ‘Failure’

“Failure” has become an odd buzzword in IT and it doesn’t really make much sense. You wouldn’t walk up and say to your superiors, “Hey, we’re making great failure today!” or something to that end. What’s even stranger is that practical business moves are being reconsidered and described in the context of “failure,” as if that’s a good thing. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Mark Schwartz discusses four types of “failure” encouraged by …

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Looking for a Better IT Project Manager? Try the Hybrid Model

IT project management used to be a highly technical job that focused on a small set of parameters. Nowadays, with technology and innovation at the forefront of most business strategies, the project manager has had to take on more responsibility than ever before on the business side of things too. In a post for strategy+business, Matt Palmquist describes the resulting “hybrid” model of project manager and why such a manager can be so useful. Heading …

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5 Strategies to Spice Up Your Hiring Strategy

If finding talent were easy, then the IT skills gap wouldn’t cause as much harm to a business as it does. In a CompTIA survey, respondents cited the skills gap as harming productivity, customer engagement, competitive edge, and profits. But where do you look for fresh talent? In an article for CIO magazine, Sarah K. White gives five ways to innovate your IT hiring strategy: Look beyond diplomas. Pay candidates. Hire for personality. Look in …

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