Are you a leader or a laggard? According to Software Productivity Research, software tools can make the difference between projects that stand out ahead of the crowd and those that are limping behind.
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With a big, dispersed company, coordinating projects in a way that allows for independence while maintaining standards can pose a particularly tough challenge. Fortunately, program management--or, in this case, program monitoring--can take that challenge--and win.
There is always more going on in your organization than meets the eye. Tap into the grapevine and address internal concerns to avoid big management issues later in your project.
Part of serving your customers is communicating a consistent corporate culture. Often that is easier said than done. Learn from these examples of diverse companies who have managed to develop winning CRM cultures.
It seems that everyone in IT is getting certified for one thing or another. Organizations such as PMI offer certification programs and universities have tailored graduate programs for very specific facets of the industry. Even big corporations like Microsoft and CA offer training courses and certification programs on their own software. But does certification really help further your career? As far as we've come, we're taking a step back to face the old issue of Education vs. Experience. And in the end. . . which is more important?
Component-based development (CBD) approaches have been evolving over the last three to five years, but they have met with limited success. That is about to change. Building successful component-based software implies a few critical success factors.
How much confidence do you have in your project schedule and estimates? PlanView's Schedule Maturity Index can give you, your managers, executives and clients more certainty by incorporating workforce data, timesheet numbers and completion figures.
In baseball you get three strikes before you are out, three individual chances to get on base. Your job search, on the other hand, doesn't afford you that luxury. Your cover letter is your first document of introduction and has got to be fast hitting and on target. If it doesn't measure up, not only are you not going to get to first base, but your dream employer is on to the next batter before you get a chance at the second pitch. There will be no arguing with the ump; your team is not going to come rushing out of the dugout to defend you. You are back on the bench before you even got started. Let's avoid this catastrophe by reviewing an outline for a winning cover letter!
When the U.S. military wants to turn civilians into soldiers, it breaks them down and rebuilds them. The same goes for your organization. Major change requires equal parts preparation, execution and follow-up.