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   More than 300,000 positions are outsourced annually in the US,  according to statistics by CreditDonkey. Different companies have their unique reasons for outsourcing, with most of them chasing lower labor costs. When perfectly...(more)

  Managers are always busy, but being busy doesn’t necessarily mean being productive, studies have shown. Ninety percent of managers waste time on inefficient activities, while only 10 percent focus their time effectively, a...(more)

Leaders in countless I.T. organizations see themselves as “the smartest person in the room.”  They solve problems that exceed the grasp of their direct reports.  They position themselves as decision-makers and information traffic...(more)

One on one communication is a cornerstone of agility.  The Agile Manifesto devotes one of its four values and two of its twelve principles to this type of communication by stating the following: Value: “We have come to value...(more)

The agile movement values collaboration among team members, self-organizing teams, and technical excellence. In theory, one would think that everyone would want to be part of an agile team. It just doesn’t work that way in practice and some team...(more)

The Program Management Office (PMO) function became common in the late 1990s as companies were launching projects to prepare for Y2K challenges.  These PMOs had the mission of coordinating and sometimes controlling these myriad Y2K...(more)

By Ron Montgomery, Management Consultant & Owner, OnPoint, LLC The late management guru Dr. Peter Drucker said, “What's measured improves.”  As with most of Dr. Drucker’s observations, there is a lot of wisdom packed...(more)

Whether you are looking to expand your career into IT or considering a new Scrum Master position within your current IT organization, this article is for you. It details the role of Scrum Master and answers questions pertaining to how the position has...(more)

By Ron Montgomery, Management Consultant & Owner, OnPoint, LLC Scrum, an agile software development process for managing software projects, specifies only three roles: 1) Product Owner; 2) Scrum Master; 3) Developers / Testers The role of...(more)

By Ron Montgomery, Management Consultant & Owner, OnPoint, LLC   A New Approach to Programming Requires a Different Approach by Management Agile is sometimes perceived as “cowboy programming,” devoid of discipline, and...(more)

By Ron Montgomery, Management Consultant & Owner, OnPoint, LLC Agile Methodology was born as a lightweight framework for managing software development.  It emphasizes business-driven prioritization, responding to change, self-organizing...(more)

By David Shaffer, Senior Consultant, MAP Consulting When word surfaces that your company is a potential target for acquisition, or that you are targeting another company for acquisition, rumors typically start to fly. For many employees the unknown...(more)

Let’s face it...IT Professionals are not always the most extroverted personalities when it comes to interaction outside of their own department.  That can be problematic for them, as well as for the overall success of the company.  As a...(more)

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