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IT Must Sacrifice Pride of Ownership for Innovation’s Sake

IT often has a complex from being considered a non-strategic business unit, or a necessary evil. In response, many IT professionals try to prove the cynics wrong. They think, “We’ll show them….”, and put a lot of pressure on themselves to come up with game-changing ideas. This overcompensating mindset within IT is counterproductive. Every time… Read more

PM Pointers: A “Needy” Team Member Is a Project Risk

A solely results-oriented project manager (PM) sees every project as a personal opportunity to achieve success. On the other hand, some PMs see a project as a series of process steps where their individual role is simply to check boxes. Neither of these approaches is effective. To be a great PM, one needs an array of leadership skills…. Read more

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How to Increase IT Project Team Intensity

Motivation is a concept well-covered in project management resources, and is required constantly for project success. Intensity is the level of focus by a project team on a particular activity. Without taking deliberate steps, intensity tends to naturally slide. Maximum intensity is not appropriate to maintain at all times, as it could lead to burnout. However,… Read more

CIOs: Never Ask for Money Again

How Do You Fund Your IT Investments? First of all, if you are an IT manager or executive and have asked for money to fund a project, you are brave. Too many folks in IT are order-takers. So, hats off to those valiant IT leaders who create business cases for IT initiatives, and present justifications… Read more

Change Management: 3 Success Factors for Faster Buy-In

Tweet: How does change happen on an #ITProject? Inspiration, Personal Buy-In & Quality #Abraic IT organizations generally pride themselves on their ability to embrace change. Their project execution methodologies are built around an assumed ability to rapidly identify, respond, and adapt to change. PMOs establish standardized development lifecycles and a comprehensive governance process for… Read more

How to Make IT Assessments Quick, Easy, and Effective

IT assessments have a bad reputation as being ineffective, disruptive, and time-consuming. Mikhail debunks each of these myths in this quick video about Abraic’s approach to optimized assessments: (Did you enjoy the video? Consider subscribing to our YouTube channel.) Tweet: How to Make IT Assessments Quick, Easy & Effective @mpapov #Abraic

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Not Your Typical CIO: The Fractional CIO Option

Situations abound where a business could use supplemental C-level IT expertise to get through a transitory period of change. Maybe you’re between CIOs, or your senior IT leader needs some temporary executive-level help. Maybe the executive team needs some strategic IT advice, or the IT department needs a “shot in the arm” to get to… Read more

IT Playbook for M&A Events

The IT Playbook for Seamless M&A Events

The role of IT in a merger or acquisition is crucial. When an M&A event is assessed properly for IT risks, benefits, and transition requirements, the implications of the deal become more transparent and disruption to the business is minimized. IT’s involvement in M&As can decrease costs, maximize deal value, and uncover synergies. And that’s all before the papers are signed! Here is… Read more

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Tutorial: Running a Value Stream Mapping Workshop

A Value Stream Mapping (VSM) workshop is designed to plan process improvements by mapping the current flow of information and materials, generating an ideal future state for that flow, and putting forth a high-level plan to achieve the future state. Here is a tutorial explaining the process and expected outcomes from a VSM workshop:

The Keys to Managing Your Outsourced IT Resources

Congratulations! You’ve decided to outsource some of your IT services, based on a sound resourcing strategy. And you’ve found a reliable outsourcing partner. Now you need to manage your outsourced IT team. If you’ve ever managed a vendor, you may have had one of the following thoughts cross your mind: “This team just doesn’t get it. I… Read more