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Austin J. Gruver

Austin is a Staff Writer for AITS. He has a background in professional writing from York College.

November, 2017

  • 17 November

    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. …

  • 17 November

    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 …

  • 17 November

    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 …

  • 17 November

    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 …

  • 15 November

    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 …

  • 15 November

    Using Agility to Create the Learning Organization

    “You learn something new every day,” is a saying that applies to many facets of life, but firms can especially learn from this. Fostering continuous learning throughout a firm helps you get more out of employees. In an article for Scrum Alliance, Roopak Jain explains the five characteristics of learning organizations: Systems thinking Personal mastery Mental models Shared vision Team learning Agile Upgrades Organized Learning Systems thinking is essentially thinking of things holistically, instead of …

  • 15 November

    How to Tell Your Boss That You’re Not Engaged at Work

    Imagine for a moment that being dissatisfied had a marketable dollar value attached to it. It’s not too far off from the truth; everyone suffers when employees aren’t satisfied with work. We lose roughly half a trillion dollars to employee dissatisfaction annually and it can be easily avoided. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Lewis Garrad explain how to tell your boss that you aren’t engaged at work. Engaging Yourself at …

  • 13 November

    7 Habits of Highly Effective Knowledge Managers

    As the knowledge manager of an organization, you’re responsible for the repository of knowledge being spread around. You’re like that middle man from the movies; you know a lot of stuff and know how to get it to the right people. But just like any other position, you can always improve upon what you do to get the most out of it. In a post at his blog, Joe the IT Guy gives seven tips …

  • 13 November

    How to Master Time Management

    There seem to be a million things on a project manager’s plate, but the most important one of these is the clock. Time management is more important than the tasks themselves, but how do you manage your time properly to get the most out of it? In a post for Project Management Tips, Elizabeth Harrin explains how to go about time management. Getting Down the Timing Managing your time requires setting deadlines. These may be …

  • 13 November

    5 Ways to Lead Your Project Team through Conflict

    Despite it sounding counterintuitive, conflict can be really good for your team. Opposing ideologies can be used to help improve a project overall. This conflict model is the basis of American democracy: Two opposing ideologies use their differences to create solutions to benefit the people as a whole (Editor’s Note: maybe). But conflict needs to be handled carefully in order to get the best results. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, project leadership …