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  • Tasks you fear to outsource but should try

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 3:26 pm

    To save money, reconsider these ripe outsourcing opportunities you may have never (or were afraid to) put on the table.
  • How to Win CFO Friends and Influence Business People

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 10:35 am

    Conventional wisdom and decades' worth of IT project failures and less-than-desirable outcomes tell us that every tech-related investment -- from a massive SAP ERP rollout to a small Salesforce.com SaaS CRM deployment -- comes with some amount of risk.
  • Six ways to save your IT project from the scrap heap

    Posted February 2, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Enterprises not only are reducing head count but also are cutting back on ambitious or long-term projects in IT. Knowing how best to keep your IT project in the pipeline could mean taking a cue from those best versed in achieving project approval: outside consultants.
  • Project Portfolio Management Software Helps Prevent Layoffs

    Posted January 26, 2009 - 11:57 am

    Use project portfolio management (PPM) software to show the purse-string holders why your company can't afford to lose any developers.
  • What Agile Methods Mean to Your Process, People, and Products

    Posted January 6, 2009 - 6:48 am

    Studies show that most successful projects were those that followed agile principles, proving that model-driven methods are not always the best when it came to managing changes, fast-paced project implementation, or even meeting market demands.
  • Hosted project, portfolio management in demand

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 11:25 am

    As businesses tighten their belts in response to the recession, they're turning to project and portfolio management software to help them identify which IT projects are mission critical and to help them execute those projects as efficiently as possible. And increasingly, they're opting for software as a service (SaaS) versions of because they're cheaper and easier to deploy. Here's the tale of two such businesses.
  • A Few Reasons Why Project Changes Occur

    Posted November 18, 2008 - 11:38 am

    Some of the most common reasons why change requests are made.

    Change requests alter the course of a project and working within the constraints of time, budget and quality more challenging. If change requests are not handled properly, the project will overshoot its schedule and accumulate costs that are beyond the original plan.
  • Mitigating Risk with Quality Checkpoints

    Posted November 13, 2008 - 9:58 am

    Has quality assurance fallen to the bottom of your priority list? Learn why it should be top of mind at every stage of development!

  • Is Software Development Risk Costing You Money?

    Posted November 6, 2008 - 11:13 am

    Poor software project management often means missed deadlines, cost overruns or even outright failure of the project. How can your company avoid this industry-wide problem?
  • MGM Mirage seeks to expand IT project management office

    Posted September 29, 2008 - 10:30 am

    Two years ago, Myrna Soto established an IT project management office at MGM Mirage, the $7.7 billion casino entertainment company. Now Soto, who is the chief information security officer (CISO) and vice president of IT governance, wants to expand the IT project management office into an enterprise project management office that would oversee all manner of projects -- not just IT projects -- for the company.
  • An objective way to evaluate project managers

    Posted September 26, 2008 - 12:41 pm

    Project managers are ultimately responsible for making sure projects are completed on time, on budget and with the features and functionality specified by the project's stakeholders. So one would presume that their performance would be evaluated based on those same criteria. It sounds obvious, right? In fact, it's not always the case.
  • Project: Dream job

    Posted September 16, 2008 - 11:13 am

    Project management skills produce results. As a former project manager, Joe Ruck knows that. And he knows that those same skills that produce corporate results are also personal assets. The discipline that brings in a major IT project on time can also guide personal projects such as the search for a new job.
  • Six attributes of successful project managers

    Posted September 8, 2008 - 11:27 am

    The best project managers are those who consistently deliver, on time and within budget, projects that meet or exceed stakeholders' expectations. Those project managers understand that leadership and people skills are even more important to good project management than a sound methodology and project tracking tools, says Fumi Kondo, managing director of Intellilink, a management consulting and training company that specializes in technology implementations.
  • Do's and don'ts for managing IT projects with wikis

    Posted September 3, 2008 - 2:46 pm

    Many IT departments are using wikis either as lightweight project managers or as document repositories and knowledge management databases. But be warned: you should know how to use them to their best effect.
  • Why your project management practices are failing

    Posted September 2, 2008 - 12:01 pm

    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.

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