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Can Reverse Mentoring Work in IT?

Everyone is familiar with the joke where a parent or grandparent is baffled by a new piece of technology, only to have a child solve the problem with the press of a button. It’s a nice reversal of traditional roles when it comes to technological competency, but this extends much further than a few laughs. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Kevin Casey explains how “reverse mentoring” may be something IT will implement moving …

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Beware a Meager ROI on Automation

Homer Simpson ran for Sanitation Commissioner on a platform of, “Can’t someone else do it?” and he won. People love not having to do stuff. But automation is not always as instantly sound in practice as in theory. In an article for InformationWeek, Mark Dickson outlines why the return on investment (ROI) on automation will be underwhelming if you are not careful. History Is the Best Teacher Dickson uses an unusual but powerful example to …

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The 3-Year IT Roadmap: A Short-Sighted Long-Term Solution?

Any business that is not looking to the future is about as safe as a driver who is texting on the highway. IT particularly loves three-year roadmaps for securing its future. But are they actually that useful? In an article for TechRepublic, Patrick Gray challenges the conventional thinking and offers an alternative to these roadmaps. Fog Ahead A roadmap—in spite of how much data it attempts to consider across systems, vendors, and overlapping timelines—still involves …

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Business Casual: A Wardrobe Nightmare

“Business casual” has become an oxymoron. How casual is too casual? How business is too business? Nobody knows, and it is causing frustrations. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels sheds some light on how ridiculous business casual can be. Casual Friday…Every Day As companies look to be warmer and more inviting to new talent, there has been a notable shift in dress code over the years. Everyone has heard of “casual Friday,” which seems …

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3 Lessons for Collaboration

Modern-day IT now has the keys to the kingdom as far as collaboration goes. There are countless tools out there that can greatly benefit any organization, but nice tools alone won’t get you far. In an article for Computerworld, Thornton May gives three lessons on collaboration to make the most out of working with others: The power of collaboration can’t be tapped without a desire to collaborate. Understand your collaboration tool. Listen to everyone in …

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3 Ways to Take Advantage of the Talent Gap

It’s a great time to be in project management. PMI’s recent Job Growth and Talent Gap report finds that 88 million jobs will be generated globally by 2027 at a rate of 2.2 million per year. In other words, there will be a lot of positions to go around. What can you do to maximize demand for your skills? In a post for Voices on Project Management, Jen Skrabak shares three simple tips: Get additional …

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Everyone Doesn’t Need to Learn How to Code

Teaching everyone code seems like a great idea on paper. Our world is increasingly run by it now, so the logic follows that everyone should become a coder to keep up. But the line of thinking, according to Matt Asay at least, is “complete and utter rot.” In an article for TechRepublic, Asay explains why he believes everyone learning code isn’t a great idea. Debunking Universal Coding Asay says that the Silicon Valley types will …

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How Your Website Might Be Driving Visitors Away

Having the marketing in place to drive traffic to your website is tricky enough in the first place. But what happens once you’ve gotten them there? How can you retain your customers on your site? In an article for Business 2 Community, Roman Kniahynyckyj describes some ways your website might be driving away traffic. Traffic Tips for the Savvy Site When someone visits your site, the last thing they want is an autoplay video to …

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5 Ways to Make the Summer Break Count in IT

Summer just seems like that time where everyone stops to take a breather. School’s out, blockbuster season is in full swing, and IT has some free time. But there’s a difference between having extra time and wasting it. In his article for TechRepublic, Brandon Vigliarolo gives some examples of what IT can do during the summer to keep your IT team productive: Clean up your asset management inventory. Review and update your documentation. Revisit your …

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3 Ways to Nicely Turn Down Recommending Someone

Not everyone who asks you to write a recommendation deserves to have one. Whether they were unprofessional or just completely lackluster, you can’t in good conscience tell their next possible employer that this person should be hired. But you can’t just outright say that to someone and still maintain good will with the person. What should you do? In an article for the Muse, Ashley Stahl identifies three ways you can turn down a recommendation …

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