Bob Lewis

Columnist

Bob Lewis is a senior management and IT consultant with a major global IT services firm. The ideas and opinions expressed in this column, however, are strictly his own. He can also be found on his blog, Keep the Joint Running.

How to kill a dead project

12 bad habits that slow IT to a crawl

12 bad habits that slow IT to a crawl

Bottlenecks always seem born of the best intentions, but they must be rooted out — and broken. From governance to manual provisioning, here's what's holding up your IT organization's ability to deliver results.

9 lies CIOs tell themselves

9 lies CIOs tell themselves

If Achilles had been a CIO, self-deception would be his heel. He’d be sure business-IT alignment is tight, information security bulletproof, and all projects come in on time. CIOs set the stage for disaster by fooling themselves.

9 warning signs of bad IT architecture

9 warning signs of bad IT architecture

A sound IT architecture keeps your company’s technology strategy humming. From kludges to manual re-keying to redundant apps, these are the telltale indicators of an IT environment on the brink of collapse.

10 old-school IT principles that still rule

10 old-school IT principles that still rule

Technology changes rapidly, but beneath the buzzwords, the fundamentals of sound IT strategy remain. Here are 10 graybeard IT tenets that still reign — when applied in their modernized guise.

12 'best practices' IT should avoid at all costs

12 'best practices' IT should avoid at all costs

From telling everyone they're your customer to establishing a cloud strategy, these "industry best practices" are sure to sink your chances of IT success.

10 steps to becoming a horrible IT boss

10 steps to becoming a horrible IT boss

Good-bye, programming peers; hello, power to abuse at your whim

12 bad habits that slow IT to a crawl

12 bad habits that slow IT to a crawl

Bottlenecks always seem born of the best intentions, but they must be rooted out -- and broken

10 Old-School IT Principles That Still Rule

10 Old-School IT Principles That Still Rule

These graybeard IT tenets still reign -- when applied in their modernized guise.

16 Steps to Surefire IT Project Success

16 Steps to Surefire IT Project Success

Deft project management requires just the right blend of book smarts and street smarts.

Shadow IT: Onetime Hidden, Often Hated, But Well Worth Embracing

Shadow IT: Onetime Hidden, Often Hated, But Well Worth Embracing

A business user's need to scratch a technical itch can provide great benefit to both company and IT.

The 12-Fold Path to IT Failure

The 12-Fold Path to IT Failure

These "industry best practices" are sure to sink your chances of IT success.

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