Preparing for a Security Audit

The topic of security comes up a lot in IT circles. We see headlines every day about breaches and fear that our company could be next. Ok, that may not be exactly our response. However, hackers are real and a threat to every business that is online. That makes the idea of a security audit attractive to many managers and business owners. They want to be comfortable with where they stand and any associated risks. This may even be a …

Setting Expectations and Project Success – Three Easy Steps for Improvement

We all can use more ways to achieve project success or at least increase its likelihood.  Of course, there are many steps we can take in this effort.  However, few provide the impact of setting expectations and managing them throughout the process.  Here are some ways to help you do precisely that in your next project. Concrete Over Vision The most significant variance in expectations in my experience comes down to vision.  The end product you envision is not what your …

Catching Up On Documentation and Overdue Tasks During a Lull

Summer can be a frustrating time.  Much like the end of the year, there are a lot of vacations to work around, and your team varies from week to week.  That makes this an excellent time to take your vacation as well.  However, when you find yourself at work with limited staff or tasks waiting for people to return, there is an opportunity for catching up.  Those secondary and less important tasks that never seem to get done are excellent targets …