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Big Mistakes

It’s no wonder only 29 percent of it projects are completed successfully, according to The Standish Group. Project management consultants and software providers say they see IT departments making the same project management mistakes over and over: IT groups don’t follow standard project management processes. They don’t have the right staff working on projects. They don’t assess the risks that could imperil their projects or determine ways to mitigate those risks. The list of mistakes unrolls like a ball of yarn

Written by Meridith Levinson05 Sept. 08 11:09

Taking Control of Your Work Life Balance and Gaining Personal Fulfilment

Leadership consultant and psychologist Henry Cloud explains why having priorities and setting personal boundaries is so critical to preserving some semblance of work life balance in the era of the 60-hour work week. He also discusses the damaging effects of workaholism

Written by Meridith Levinson03 Sept. 08 12:37

Why Your Project Management Practices are Failing

IT project management practices are stuck in the mud, and they're hindering IT departments' ability to deliver projects successfully. That's the conclusion of a recent Forrester report, "Stretching Your Project Management Muscles," which was published in July.

Written by Meridith Levinson29 Aug. 08 14:12

To Telecommute or Not To Telecommute?

Not every employee is chomping at the bit to telecommute. A survey commissioned by Steelcase, a manufacturer of office furniture, shows that professionals have decidedly mixed feelings about the option to work from home.

Written by Meridith Levinson13 Aug. 08 21:17

5 Reasons Why a Developer Might Want to Become a CIO

The CIO job comes with lots of money and lots of perks. But would a software developer ever be willing to cash in his integrity and passion for programming to become a corporate wonk? Here are five compelling reasons why developers might do so.

Written by Meridith Levinson05 Aug. 08 14:16

Common Project Management Metrics Doom IT Departments to Failure

A new report from Forrester Research explains how IT project management metrics influence perceptions of failure and describes four specific measures project management offices can take to increase the perception of project success.

Written by Meridith Levinson05 Aug. 08 10:39

How to Read Ads for CIO Jobs

By paying attention to the language hiring managers use in job ads and the emphasis they place on certain skills and requirements, you can determine more quickly and easily what the job is really about, and thus, what to highlight on your resume to get noticed

Written by Meridith Levinson30 July 08 11:11

Where Everyone Works at Home

Chorus, a provider of clinical, practice management and financial software for health care providers, closed its Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., headquarters in early June and its other office, in Stafford, Texas (outside of Houston), in early July; that means all of the company's 35 employees and full-time consultants work at home.

Written by Meridith Levinson22 July 08 08:24

Work-at-Home Policy Drives Hard Benefits at Software Firm

Rick Boyd used to spend US$500 a month on gas and tolls commuting 48 miles a day between his home in Westchester County, N.Y., and his office in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. Now Boyd doesn't commute any more because his company, Chorus, which provides clinical and management software for community health centers, has gone virtual.

Written by Meridith Levinson21 July 08 10:07

Blog: Volunteer Opportunity for IT Professionals

If you ever regretted not joining the Peace Corps, you may yet have your opportunity to lend your time and skills to a developing nation. FINCA International, a nonprofit that provides financial services to the world's lowest income entrepreneurs in 21 countries across Africa, Latin America and Eurasia, is seeking volunteers with IT skills to help the organization expand its mission of fighting poverty. FINCA primarily offers microloans (small loans of a few hundred dollars) to individuals who wish to start a business, such as selling food or handicrafts.

Written by Meridith Levinson24 June 08 14:07

Blog: CIOs Earn Promotions as Companies Realign their Management Structures for Growth

Bob DeRodes hasn't left Home Depot yet, but that's not stopping the CIO from pursuing new career opportunities. DeRodes was appointed to NCR's board of directors on April 29, less than four weeks after Home Depot announced his intent to leave the company at the end of the year. NCR provides Home Depot with its self-checkout machines, which were installed on DeRodes' watch.

Written by Meridith Levinson26 May 08 14:03