Companies have been outsourcing for many years, but often they have been outsourcing the wrong functions and for the wrong reasons. Lower labor cost repeatedly lures investors and executives, without considering the real total cost. Are you disappointed about the results you have been getting from your outsourcing initiatives? In this article, we will explore the reasons, benefits and potential disadvantages of outsourcing technology functions, such as development and testing.... Read more →

Why are companies using more and more the agile application development methodology compared to the waterfall model? One of the main reasons is that agile application development results in business agility. This model helps build the right applications, make swift changes, provide nimble deliverables, and allow a faster product to market. Build the Right Applications Agile development characterizes for getting business people involved in the process throughout the whole application... Read more →

How do you create unbreakable passwords that you can easily recall when you need them? You use a password manager. If you are like me, you have a plethora of passwords for the numerous websites and apps that you use. Keeping track of all these passwords in your brain, or in a secure document eventually becomes a very painful challenge. In response to this, more and more companies are starting... Read more →

Are you serious about implementing a DevOps culture? Perhaps you are already using DevOps, but haven’t yet realized all the DevOps benefits on quality, automation, measurement, predictability, and reliability? Then your next step is to make sure you hire the right people and get the whole team committed to your mission. Below are 11 key traits you should look for in job candidates. If you already have a team, you... Read more →

The competitive market of today is always looking for faster, cheaper and better products and services. This is no different in the application development area, whether it supports internal or external customers. The application development methodologies have evolved throughout the years. In turn, DevOps has been around since 2009, and it has gained wide acceptance. Are you deciding whether to adopt DevOps or are you wondering what DevOps is? Then... Read more →

Stress and pressure are two different things. While some level of stress may be good for you, any level of pressure is usually harmful. It is extremely important to recognize and differentiate between these two feelings so that you can apply the correct solution techniques. Most of us are familiar with two types of stress. Positive stress, called eustress, is usually good for you. It motivates, focuses energy, feels exciting,... Read more →

Today, information is one of the most treasured assets of a business. Still, we have seen many large, well-known corporations failing to protect their business and customer data. We have witnessed astronomic data breaches at Apple, Bank of America and Zappos in 2012; Target and Facebook in 2013; eBay, Sony Pictures, Home Depot and J.P. Morgan Chase in 2014; and most recently Anthem and Ashley Madison in 2015. Smaller companies... Read more →

Would you like to have two more hours per day? Personal time management is a key trait of successful people. They know how to achieve their goals in a fraction of the time that it takes most people. By learning and applying their techniques, we can also accomplish more in less time. Here are 22 time management tips that I am sure you’ll find very useful. First Decide If You... Read more →

Have you ever had a situation where you need to give a presentation in a short period, even in just 30 seconds? Imagine you want to present a great idea or a big problem to a senior executive. Perhaps you have spent a good amount of time preparing a formal 30-minute presentation complete with PowerPoint slides. What happens if the senior executive says something like, “I’ve got to go to... Read more →

No matter which industry you are in, it is critical to hire good performers. I often hear managers complain about a particular employee who is not performing. After talking for a couple of minutes, it usually becomes evident to me that this particular employee should not have been hired in the first place. Most of us agree that the hiring process is more an art than a science. What rules... Read more →

In his book “Leading Geeks: How to Manage and Lead the People Who Deliver Technology,” Paul Glen explains that we cannot manage geeks the same way we manage other knowledge workers. The one-size-fits-all leadership approach won’t work. Then how should we manage geeks? What are the key differences? In the following paragraphs, I summarize the key cultural differences of technology teams, and what managers and leaders can do to create... Read more →

This technique can be used to deliver a persuasive presentation or speech. It uses a five-step pattern called Monroe’s Motivated Sequence and has been used successfully for political, sales, and marketing campaigns. It can also be used to sell your idea, initiative or project. The sequence is named after his creator Alan H. Monroe, who taught public speaking at Purdue University. Wouldn't it be nice to have this skill in... Read more →

One of the basic leadership and management principles is to communicate a clear vision. How can we apply this principle to project management and substantially increase the odds of success of our projects? The project vision statement provides a simple, clear, and concise description of the purpose of your project. It allows team members and stakeholders to quickly have a good understanding of the project’s goal. New employees and new... Read more →

Today more and more employees want to telecommute while some employers still prefer to have their whole staff working on-site, and this is a cause of significant concern for HR departments. We can argue about the pros and cons about telecommuting, but the truth is that employees from Generation Y (the Millennial generation, born from 1981 to 2000), and especially those in the technology industry and technology jobs are demanding... Read more →

It is very important that each employee becomes familiar with the company’s business, and how the company does business. This helps employees, including IT employees, to really feel part of the business, to become a more valuable resource, to participate in the innovation the business processes, and to provide better solutions to problems and opportunities. One way I’ve seen companies provide the appropriate business knowledge to their employees is as... Read more →

If we want to make sure we do something, then we need make sure we do that first thing in the morning. This is the recommendation from Laura Vanderkam, time management expert and author of “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast.” People who have become professionally successful are following several of these principles. They set aside the first few hours of their day and invest them on their... Read more →

By Charles B. Benedict at Elemental Creative Group. Great leadership is an assumed foundation of any strong company or organization. It is often referred to in press releases, speeches, marketing materials, annual reports and even mission statements. Senior executives speak of the strength of the leadership team when they address everyone from the board of directors to the employees when providing their vision, strategies and sometimes hope for the future.... Read more →

From time to time, you may have the need to share confidential information with partners, vendors, customers, family, and friends. is a new tool that allows you to encrypt confidential information and then safely send it through the web or your preferred social media tool, like Text Message, Email, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, etc. is a new web app (mobile apps coming soon) that doesn’t require you to install... Read more →

The founders of a startup company are highly motivated by the hopes of a lucrative IPO, which may or may not happen sometime in the future. However, according to Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a Harvard Business School professor and author, what motivates company founders, and senior executives is very different from what motivates employees to come to work day after day. Kanter strongly recommends that executives and managers focus on giving... Read more →

The following is a list of my favorite quotes from successful people that nicely define great leaders and great leadership. They are a wonderful source of inspiration. Please read them, savor them, and share them. And more importantly, apply them to help you become an even better leader than you already are today. "A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see and... Read more →

Who are your favorite leaders? If you think about it, I’m sure you’ll find that, in addition to being great leaders, they are also good communicators. Toastmasters International ( is a non-profit educational organization. It is widely known for teaching public speaking through a worldwide network of meeting locations. What you may not know is that this organization is also recognized for teaching leadership skills and overall verbal communication skills.... Read more →

In the 21st century, most people agree that the IT department produces great value to the firm. However, sometimes the metrics we use in IT do not effectively communicate its value to the business. For instance, System Uptime is a great metric internally for the IT department in order to manage the systems well. However, in order to show the real value to the business we need to translate this... Read more →

What really bothers IT employees at work? Most professionals today are more likely to get frustrated over a lack of career growth and skills development than compensation, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. IT professionals are also on edge about heavy workloads, and they're upset about rigid hierarchies that leave them with little autonomy to make strategic decisions. If companies expect to retain valuable tech staffers, they... Read more →

Agile development remains an increasingly popular way for development teams to get work done effectively and efficiently. However, the iterative alternative to fully mapped-out waterfall processes has become widely accepted in recent years, bringing with it software tools designed to help agile practitioners hone their processes, collaborate efficiently, and monitor progress. Several companies have been filling the niche for agile project management. Some of these tools include Atlassian Jira, Axosoft,... Read more →

It appears that instead of innovating to maintain market leadership, Mark Zuckerberg’s approach is to eliminate the potential competition. Bill Gates underestimated the potential of the Internet. And more recently Google and Yahoo miscalculated the potential of Facebook. Therefore Zuckerberg is being extremely caution and wants to eliminate any potential competition. This led him to invest more than $25 billion for just three startups, namely Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus VR.... Read more →

While it appears sluggish in some places, the US economy is chugging along, with the US Department of Labor reporting the October unemployment rate down to 5.8% and an average of more than 200,000 jobs created every month in 2014. The industry trade groupTechServe Alliance identified that IT hiring grew by 7,800 jobs in October, compared with a gain of 6,900 jobs in September. ...more Read more →