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I have many close Leadership Development Program colleagues. And, at least in our organization, LDP candidates have the unique challenge of getting a new boss every twelve months. The good news: If you don’t like your current boss, all you have to do is survive twelve months. The bad news: If you like your current boss, you only have twelve…

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Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I took the first step toward an MBA: I completed the GMAT exam. A little IT Millennial trivia tidbit: I was home schooled, and besides for taking an ISTEP exam or two in elementary school, I’ve been able to dodge and weave through every other standardized test out there, including the SAT. (That kind of dodging…

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It never ceases to amaze me. I can be the most frazzled and overwhelmed manager / wife / mother the world has known, but when I get to that point, all I have to do is turn to a simple piece of paper and a pen. A checklist. It fixes pretty much anything. Feeling frazzled and bombarded with endless To-Do’s?…

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I suspected this day would arrive. The day I’d be thrust into middle management. And I suppose “thrust” is a harsh word. I’m quite appreciative of the opportunities I’ve been given up to this point, to get my feet wet in the seas of people leadership. It was more than I probably would’ve even asked for. But holy crap, I’m…

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Internal IT projects. They’re usually regulatory, or born from an internal audit or an Enterprise Architecture-mandated upgrade. In other words, they’re usually not very fun, and aren’t very likely to have engaged, interested customers who are clamoring for the end result. But what fun it was to roll out a Project Portfolio Management solution to our IT organization. The PPM…

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My “favorite” time of year — annual planning season — is finally wrapping up.  As everyone in IT kisses the approved 2012 project inventory and breathes a heavy sigh of relief, we use this time to reflect on lessons learned during the planning process.  This or that should’ve happened earlier… so and so should’ve been involved… etc. The biggest lesson learned this…

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Universities are doing a good job of giving Information Systems majors solid foundations in database design, basic networking, systems analysis and design, and some programming experience.  Some universities even have SAP classes,to teach the basics of the SAP suite. But the huge gap we’re still missing is the difference between designing / developing / deploying an application, and designing / developing…

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I think we all have one of those stories about our first boss, and that memorable thing s/he told us in our formative first year in the corporate world.  I am no different.  In fact, a single month still probably doesn’t go by in which I don’t recite this particular memory. The most insightful thing my first boss ever told…

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As a way to unwind each night after the kids go to bed, my husband and I watch an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (I love Netflix instant streaming).  Besides being delighted by new life forms, thrilling adventures, and edge-of-your-seat mysteries, this being the first time I’ve seen these episodes, I’m constantly struck by the very profound and…

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A project’s work plan isn’t a deliverable. It’s a tool, to help you as a project manager understand and track the details behind a project’s schedule.  And the only value a work plan has is when it’s religiously kept up to date, and the resources, tasks, and dependencies monitored to a near-obsessive level of detail by the project manager. From…

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