Archive for January, 2009

Why Government is Like IT

Icon Written by Alora on January 28, 2009 – 7:36 pm

As the debate about the best approach to an economic stimulus package rages, I am reminded time and again of the conversations I’ve had throughout my career with non-IT executives when it comes to IT work. Coming from an IT background, of course, I have often found the conversations frustrating, unrealistic and short-sighted, which is […]

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Breaking into Project Management

Icon Written by Alora on January 13, 2009 – 1:57 pm

One of the questions I am most frequently asked is, “What do I need to do to make a career change into project management?” That question sometimes comes from people in similar or related fields, like IT Management, or from fields you might not normally expect, like teaching. Most often, though, this question is posed […]

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Why I Love Project Management

Icon Written by Alora on January 9, 2009 – 5:49 pm

Throughout my career I have held roles with all kinds of titles, but in the end, at my core, I am a project manager. That is how I see myself and how I tend to identify, no matter what my formal title. And it’s for a very, very simple reason: there is one constant in […]

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We Don't Need No Stinkin' Project Managers!

Icon Written by Alora on January 6, 2009 – 7:01 pm

As I look at job postings on Dice and Monster, I have been noticing a disturbing, yet unsurprising, trend emerge: an increase in the number of employers seeking candidates who can function as both project managers and development leads on projects. Naturally, difficult economic conditions demand a re-evaluation of spending habits. And, in cases where […]

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Work-Life What?

Icon Written by Alora on January 5, 2009 – 4:43 pm

I hate the phrase “work-life balance.” I truly can’t stand it. I think it’s a b.s. phrase that is one of those organizational design notions that sounds really, really good, but in truth is so vague that everyone has their own definition, leaving no consensus on any kind of standardized meaning. Implications of Being “Even” […]

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