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Micromanagement and mistrust ruin a dream job

ERP emergency: Get us a real project manager!

ERP emergency: Get us a real project manager!

No timeline, no fixes until after rollout, ignoring ideas -- behold the textbook example of what not to do as a project lead

Hey, devs, do you even know what a WAN is?

Hey, devs, do you even know what a WAN is?

A troubled mainframe migration project hits another obstacle: The dev team's networking ignorance

One prickly programmer can poison a whole office

One prickly programmer can poison a whole office

A new hire pushes one programmer's bad attitude to the brink -- but ultimately benefits the company morale

The boss asks for overtime without pay? That's leadership!

The boss asks for overtime without pay? That's leadership!

A manager ignores overtime rules and insists on a 40-hour workweek from the department regardless of hours worked

Spills and misunderstandings: The mystery of the help desk ticket

Spills and misunderstandings: The mystery of the help desk ticket

Troubleshooting user problems is always an adventure, and tech pros never know what they're going to get

Punch it! A hole opens up in a deployment plan

Punch it! A hole opens up in a deployment plan

A company's plan to implement RFID cards checks out perfectly back at HQ, but onsite, an unexpected hiccup arises

A bad manager's tricks: Mind games and manipulation

A bad manager's tricks: Mind games and manipulation

A control freak reigns over employees by withholding valuable information and making ridiculous demands

Hush! Call that bug 'severe' at your own risk

Hush! Call that bug 'severe' at your own risk

After an acquisition, the new management team does all it can to play down and whitewash security events

Tennis pro turned techie? Too good to be true

Tennis pro turned techie? Too good to be true

A scam artist leaves behind a mess of faulty machines, blatant lies, and a broken network at an unlucky business

Mean, rude, and angry: Tales of the toxic office

Mean, rude, and angry: Tales of the toxic office

Beware of the nasty, mean-spirited, or competitive person in the next cubicle who can muck up a tech pro’s job

Tech director 'qualifications'? Know the right exec

Tech director 'qualifications'? Know the right exec

Thanks to an exec's influence, a director of dubious credentials comes on board and makes life miserable for the rest of the employees

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