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My is a staff writer for AITS. She has a varied background in writing and marketing, having previously worked for the World & Vietnam Report among others.

April, 2017

  • 10 April

    How to Protect Your Team’s Time

    Time is as valuable as gold, and managing time is like keeping the gold intact. Both you and your team need to make a commitment to meet the deadlines and keep track of the project. Christian Bisson, in a post for Voices on Project Management, offers three tips to help you protect team members’ time and ensure timely delivery: Trust your team. Clarify requirements and objectives. Protect their priorities. Make Your Time Count You can’t ...

  • 10 April

    Project Scope Creep and How to Success

    Project scope creep is not something strange to IT managers anymore, and it is actually an inherent part of IT development. However, scope creep can make direct impacts on a project, such as increased costs, stretched timelines, and negative customer satisfaction and team morale. But it is not “incurable” since all you need is a concrete plan and a proactive stance on the project. Leigh Epsy, in a post for Project Bliss, says that the ...

  • 10 April

    Why Being a Middle Manager Is So Exhausting

    Middle managers have to shift between the roles of a leader and a subordinate regularly. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Eric M. Anicich and Jacob B. Hirsh say that middle managers naturally adopt a more deferential low-power behavioral style when interacting with their superiors, while using a more assertive high-power behavioral style to communicate with subordinates. The result is increased anxiety and sometimes even health issues. Take Middle Managers Easy Humans are inherently ...

  • 7 April

    How to Make Your Team More Unified

    Having team unity is like living in a country with no internal factors and personal conflicts. Team unity helps team members complete activities on time, proactively seek to communicate and collaborate, show respect to differences of other team members, and always be prepared to contribute to the team. As such, it is useful for project managers to create a team constitution, a list of shared values, when initiating projects. With a team constitution, you can ...

  • 7 April

    How Incentive Pay Affects Employee Engagement, Satisfaction, and Trust

    Being motivated and engaged at work results in job satisfaction, work productivity, and organizational commitment. As such, many organizations have been offering employees performance-based bonuses, company profit-related pay, or share ownership. Sometimes, these incentives work perfectly as expected, but other times, they backfire. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Chidiebere Ogbonnaya, Kevin Daniels, and Karina Nielsen share their research on the subject. Their study indicated that performance-related pay was positively associated with job satisfaction, organizational ...

  • 7 April

    5 Ways IT Projects Can Fail

    IT project failures can repeat like seasons if a project team keeps stepping on the same rake. Some project managers never learn a lesson from their past experience and improve, while others seeks change and innovation. IT projects are prone to unexpected errors, bad time management, or lack of monitoring. In an article for DZone, Joe Lewis lists five mistakes that can be made in project management: Lack of executive buy-in Overly optimistic timelines Poor ...

  • 7 April

    10 New Make-or-Break Priorities for the CIO

    In 2017, Gartner’s CIO agenda survey showed that 34 percent of CIOs are already leading their companies’ innovation efforts. This eagerness must continue. Kevin Hansel, in an article for InformationWeek, says that CIOs today should be able to move their companies’ digital transformations forward, make an impact on overall business operations, and ultimately succeed in the role. He explores 10 career-defining priorities that today’s CIOs must tackle: Control SaaS sprawl Drive IT innovation as a ...

  • 5 April

    The Psychological Power of Simple Websites

    Simplicity is the key to brilliance. We know if something is simple when we see it, but having to craft simplicity ourselves is another subject. When it comes to websites, simplicity is often underrated, but it is an essential factor in appealing to the audience’s senses. Lucas Miller, in an article for Business 2 Community, says that a good website often has these three simple things built into it: Predictable: They’re easy on the brain ...

  • 5 April

    How Frequently You Should Post on Social Media According to the Pros

    Learning how to use social media can sometimes feel like trying to understand a teenager with different emotional states. You cannot apply what you do on one platform to another, and you need different tactics to adjust to different places. Most organizations try to be social media butterflies to strengthen their online branding strategy, but this can backfire as many turn themselves into those annoying braggers or serial sharers that everyone hates. So the great ...

  • 3 April

    What Is the Biggest Threat to Internal IT Departments?

    Stop for a moment and think about your job, ask yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing, and what it means to your organization. If you cannot answer the question with good reasons, you’re probably doing repetitive tasks that don’t generate enough business value to your business as a whole. However, as a manager, one of your primary functions should be to “make resources productive” through reports and metrics that demonstrate IT operations’ ability to ...