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IT Survival Guide

Retiring CIO Paul Ingevaldson offers 10 tips for surviving — and prospering — in the IT jungle. I think this is a pretty good list from a management point of view, but it is also somewhat related and applicable to programmers, especially for aspiring managers.

10. Don’t be afraid to leave IT.

9. Don’t keep IT in the closet.

8. Never think you know it all, because you don’t.

7. Understand the corporate strategy and mobilize IT to support it.

6. Develop a “cheap” image.

5. Don’t overmanage IT personnel.

4. Expect your people to make dates and budgets on projects.

3. Don’t charge out IT. Operate it as an expense center.

2. Learn to delegate.

1. Force IT onto the plate of all senior executives.

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