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Melissa Colon

Melissa is a staff writer for AITS, with a background in journalism. She has previously written for York Dispatch and York Daily Record.

January, 2017

  • 9 January

    4 Tips for Managing a Diverse Project Team

    The fact that only one third of the tech workforce is composed of women, with an even lower percent of Hispanics and African Americans employed, has called many companies to actively pursue workplace diversity. With this expected change, project managers need to adjust to lead a diverse project team. In an article for Tech Republic, Mary Shacklett offers four tips on how to do so: Explain project objectives in plain English and let your project …

  • 9 January

    How to Be the Best Project Manager for Your Team

    When it comes to running a business, you simply cannot have your cake and eat it too if you want to get the job done. You cannot be everyone’s best friend for fear of conflict. You have to find the right balance of care and candor in order to be able to lead your team. In a post for Project Management Basics, Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy goes over the dos and don’ts to be the best project …

  • 6 January

    Overcoming the Fear of Data Remediation

    When it comes to data remediation–the process of reorganizing, migrating, and deleting data–a large group of us would just like to stay clear. What is the cause of this fear and avoidance? Mainly, it is a fear that remediating any data could result in sanctions, fines, or even prosecution and incarceration. Are these fears factual and with just cause? According to Barclay T. Blair and Charles Choe in an article for Risk Management, the answer …

  • 6 January

    Why Senior Executives Neglect Project Management

    Project management is often viewed by senior executives as an unimportant means of strategy execution. Through research, the reasoning has been found to be that organization heads view project management as highly technical, best left to IT people to bang their wrenches at. In an article for CIO.com, Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez goes over the top three reasons why senior executives neglect project management: It’s disregarded by business management gurus. It’s ignored by most top MBA programs. …

  • 4 January

    How Marketing Needs Closer Ties to IT

    Every group and department within the company is equally important, yet IT often gets overlooked, especially in the realm of marketing. Now, marketing is shifting and improving and needs to rely heavily on the help of IT for many reasons. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Adele K. Sweetwood goes over four best practices for marketing and IT working together: Focus on a common goal. Collaborate on a digital road map. Create bridges. Drive …

  • 2 January

    Why Your IT Support Job Matters

    If you work in IT, you work in a structure that is technology-oriented and maybe silo-based. There is this every-man-for-himself mentality and we tend to be safeguarded off from everyone else. Tech work after tech work hits our desks and we muddle through them and on to the next to lighten our hectic load. A change must come to this routine, according to James West in a post for SITS. Take Pride No matter the …

  • 2 January

    Managing IT Projects Offshore: The Project Manager’s Perspective

    Many successful businesses know that teams no longer need to be located in precisely the same space to be successful. Working with satellite offices and outsourcing can be standard elements of a project now. In an article for Project Smart, Duncan Haughey looks at the project manager’s viewpoint and shares what he or she should expect from an offshore team. Expectations Here and Abroad First, while it may seem like a negative and you would …

  • 2 January

    5 Benefits to Capacity Planning for Projects

    Imagine having a project you are passionate and dedicated to, but you are falling short of resources to complete it and nobody cares. After months of overtime and frustration, it is likely you may give up on the project or leave the company. In a post for A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Elizabeth Harrin says capacity planning is the solution to preventing such issues. Capacity to Succeed So what exactly is capacity planning? Harrin …

December, 2016

  • 30 December

    How to Focus on Your Work

    With as much as is thrown at us on a daily basis, there is no reason to feel mightily guilty over a lack of focus. Emails, phone calls, employees, and other tasks consistently demand our attention. Sam Grier writes for the IT Managers Inbox with three keys to achieving better focus: Plan ahead to better focus on your work. Avoid distractions. Develop a routine. Looking Straight Ahead It is said that success is determined not …

  • 30 December

    5 Ways to Reduce Bias in Your Hiring Practices

    Although we may not like to admit it, we set up barriers to diversity and inclusion efforts within our organizations with unconscious and implicit biases. Individuals and the company as a whole can suffer greatly from this. We need to ask ourselves how we can address these biases. Sharon Florentine goes over five ways to cut out the bias in hiring for CIO.com: Use blind resume screening. Use focus groups. Include unconscious bias training in …