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IT Cost-Benefit Analysis: It’s Important, so Do It Right

Cost-benefit analysis is so important to knowing whether a certain course of action is worthwhile, but performing it correctly is sometimes more art than science. Understanding cost-benefit analysis will increase IT’s favorability by the business in a big way. So in an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett provides some solid tips for getting it right. IT and Cashback Shacklett provides a lengthy example of a hypothetical IT project and breaks down its potential benefits and …

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3 Steps for Midsize-Enterprise CIOs to Drive Better Business

Midsize enterprises aren’t quite the juggernauts pushing the latest trends in an underground bunker somewhere, but they’re also not the mom-and-pop shop on a shoestring budget. Despite their wide variations, midsize enterprises tend to face similar issues. In an article for Smarter with Gartner, Tim Stafford shares three steps midsize-enterprise CIOs can take to improve their decision-making: Build on the synergy that comes from two-party communication. Keep IT spending in tune with business economics. Be …

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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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