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The Mythology of “IT-Business Alignment”

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ITIL : Stability vs Responsiveness

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12 Tips for Team Improvement

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Tips for Risk and Issue Reporting

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Getting Out of Trouble: 5 Indispensable Tips

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There is nothing so useless as...

"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all." -Peter Drucker

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5 Tips for Managers to Improve Team Performance

Get the Results You Want So you’re a project manager of a project. Are you getting the results you want? How is the team chemistry? Does it feel like everybody is getting along, doing their share of work and also motivating others to do the same? A successful project depends on the team c...

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How Do Leaders Create Alignment?

A Brief Story About Unexpected Failure After providing what he believed to be a successful presentation to a potential client, Michael Hyatt was surprised to receive a memo from his boss’s boss challenging his alliances in the organization (if he really had his organization’s best interes...

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The Mythology of “IT-Business Alignment”

IT Wants Alignment IT strives to be aligned with the business—but how can it do so when both technology and commercial needs are always changing (and often in opposite directions of each other)? Developing a resilient, adaptable IT capability is the subject of this post found on Rob Livin...

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You do not lead by hitting people...

"You do not lead by hitting people over the head--that’s assault, not leadership." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

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A Geek's Guide to IT Management

IT Management is More Than Knowing IT There’s a lot more to IT management than just knowing about code and whether a project is on track. As John Palinkas shares in this reflective post, he knew the tech, but didn’t know the ropes of working in the IT field nearly as well as he needed. Th...

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The Three Ways of DevOps

The Theory of Constraints Professor P. Ross S. Wise uses the theory of constraints and a book ( The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim) to show the underlying principles of the DevOps movement. The principles fall into three “ways”: The first way concerns workflow. Making sure that work moves fr...

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ITIL : Stability vs Responsiveness

Which is Better: Stability or Responsiveness? Is it better to have stability or responsiveness, and why can’t you have both, anyway? In the terms of IT, stability means uptime and infrastructure: it means how little your user experiences program or system failure. And while this is very i...

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The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts...

"The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out." -Dee Hock

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Three Imperatives for Good Project Managers

All it Takes is Three Imperatives Want to help project managers in your company do their job better? It may come down to just three imperatives, if this article by Eric Knight can be trusted. Knight asked three senior level executives who were leading major projects what they’ve learned h...

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How to Develop Project Management Skills

A Lesson in Project Management Last year, I discovered I had to take an IT Project Management class in order to graduate. I was a little hesitant, since I thought it’d be a waste of my time, but I enrolled and thought, this should be an easy class. It’s just allocating times of when to do...

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12 Tips for Team Improvement

When you look at Thor and Captain America, it really makes you wonder how Black Widow ended up on the Avengers. But each team member contributes something unique, and they grow together. This idea is backed up by an article by Susan M. Heathfield, which offers twelve “C” tips for cultivat...

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Unexpected Places to Find Inspiration

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Inspiration found in the gutter behind PetSmart is just as valuable as inspiration found at a seminar. Dan Zubrzycki suggests a few of the more unexpected spots to find inspiration. For starters, he says to seriously consider the views of children, because children under age 10 think of the world in terms of...

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6 Unexpected Places to Find Innovative Ideas

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Sometimes finding innovation is as easy as stepping outside. Dorie Clark compiles advice from top consultants on six places that can get the imagination going. It’s Cheaper than Disney World Art museums can present familiar ideas in abstract ways, which is kind of exactly what you want when trying to be inno...

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Baby Carrots & Chocolate Diamonds: How You Can Find Opportunity in Unexpected Places

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Spider Graham inspires us to rethink our attitudes by recounting the unlikely stories of baby carrots and chocolate diamonds, two hot commodities that nobody wanted just a few decades ago. They Both Sound Delicious Baby carrots take in $2 billion in sales annually, and all they are is the shredded remains of...

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5 Barriers Stopping Serendipitous Innovation

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While you cannot plan serendipity in the strictest sense, you can at least remove all the barriers that contribute to stopping it. Patrick C. Walsh identifies these barriers in a post at his blog. Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200 First, there are information silos, where no one has an end-to-end understan...

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Gary Cokins (Cornell University BS IE/OR, 1971; Northwestern University Kellogg MBA 1974) is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, and author in advanced cost management and enterprise performance and risk management systems.
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Anne is a Staff Writer for AITS, having recently graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Media Studies.
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