Mike.Sisco

Mike.Sisco

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Mike Sisco was an operational IT manager and a CIO for more than 20 years prior to starting MDE Enterprises Inc. in 2000. His company's mission is simple: to help IT managers of the world achieve more success.

He has worked with hundreds of IT organizations and thousands of IT managers in the companies and management roles he has had during his career. He has extensive IT due diligence experience having led the technology support due diligence and assimilation efforts in support of more than 40 company acquisitions.

Mike's focus on having an IT organization deliver business value is consistent with his management approach and the guiding principle he uses to teach IT managers how to achieve more success in what he describes as "the toughest management role in a company."

Mike offers a five-day training program called the IT Manager Institute, which delivers a practical and effective IT management process and provides tools and templates that are designed to help IT leaders succeed. The program includes the IT Business Manager Certification (ITBMC), co-developed with Belmont University in 2005.

Mike's IT management processes and resources are used by thousands of IT managers around the world.

You can learn more at the IT Manager Institute's website.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Mike Sisco and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications Inc. or its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Articles by Mike.Sisco

Why are my projects failing?
Practical Management Tips for IT Leaders

Why are my projects failing?

Is your IT organization struggling to deliver projects successfully? If so, you're right there with a majority of the IT organizations in the world and it's killing your credibility.
June 26, 2019
What can managers learn from Tiger Woods’ 5th Masters win?
Practical Management Tips for IT Leaders

What can managers learn from Tiger Woods’ 5th Masters win?

Tiger Woods may have just completed the greatest comeback in the history of sports. His 5th Green Jacket win at the 83rd Masters has some great management principles worth noting.
April 30, 2019
Drain the swamp: an IT management model
Practical Management Tips for IT Leaders

Drain the swamp: an IT management model

Focus on eliminating the sources of problems in IT, rather than simply reacting to them.
October 17, 2018
Management requires special skills
Practical Management Tips for IT Leaders

Management requires special skills

4 criteria to consider before you start applying for that management role.
March 30, 2018
How much is client service worth?
Practical Management Tips for IT Leaders

How much is client service worth?

3 examples of companies that will show how you should never underestimate the value of client service in IT.
October 30, 2017
Focus and get more done with a simple To Do List
Practical Management Tips for IT Leaders

Focus and get more done with a simple To Do List

A simple To Do List can filter the noise and distraction you encounter so you can focus on important priorities and get more done. IT managers deal with considerable pressure from new and changing priorities that occur in today's dynamic work environment. These distractions will negatively impact your team's performance unless you do something to help you and your team stay focused on the important issues.
July 27, 2017
Practical Management Tips for IT Leaders

Calculate the Cost of Downtime

IT projects, especially infrastructure projects can be challenging to get approved. Discuss the "cost of downtime" in your proposal so senior management can visualize and understand the risk implications, and you will get many more of your projects approved.
May 22, 2017
5 key components in getting IT projects approved
Practical Management Tips for IT Leaders

5 key components in getting IT projects approved

Prove that your IT project is worthwhile. Answer the questions your CEO will want to ask: what are the benefits in doing this project, and what will it do for the company?
March 27, 2017
Boost staff morale with an annual IT kickoff meeting
Practical Management Tips for IT Leaders

Boost staff morale with an annual IT kickoff meeting

Jump start your year with an annual IT kickoff meeting. Follow a few simple steps to make it a truly memorable event and boost the morale of your IT staff.
January 6, 2017