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

07/22/15

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

07/15/15

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

07/08/15

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

07/01/15

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

06/24/15

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

06/17/15

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

06/10/15

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

05/27/15

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

05/20/15

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

05/13/15

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

05/06/15

Not qualified for the job? Get others to do it for you

Not qualified for the job? Get others to do it for you

When the clues start piling up, a pretty resume can't cover the incompetence of a new employee

04/29/15

Locked out of the server room -- and the key quest begins

Locked out of the server room -- and the key quest begins

The server room door won't open, and the team scrambles to find a way in

04/22/15

Pompous professor swallows placebo PC

Pompous professor swallows placebo PC

A tech pro's people skills are put to the test by a professor who demands more computing power than he knows how to handle

04/15/15

Client or grifter? The free work stops now

Client or grifter? The free work stops now

For far too long, a sneaky customer scams his way through the system to procure free work from unsuspecting developers

04/08/15

How to get ahead in IT: Always agree with the boss

How to get ahead in IT: Always agree with the boss

The formula is simple at one company: Nod your head and keep your job -- but keeping your dignity is another matter

04/01/15

Sure, change providers -- but please let IT know

Sure, change providers -- but please let IT know

When the phones go down at a remote office, IT comes to the rescue, only to discover the shoddy habits of the local team

03/25/15

Caution: Sleazy client on rampage

Caution: Sleazy client on rampage

One client pushes the limits on accounting and treatment of employees -- but gets busted on something else

03/18/15

What to do when IT is broken -- and management doesn't care

What to do when IT is broken -- and management doesn't care

An IT pro tackles deep system issues at one company -- then realizes the worst problems are skin deep

03/11/15

Impossible deadline? Stupid contract? Time to bail

From the get-go the project was problematic, and after a while, it wasn't worth the hassles

02/25/15

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