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John Perkins

As Vice President of Global IT for PGi, John drives business transformation throughout his organization by applying agile project management processes, with the ultimate goal of helping the business grow, compete and mature around best practices.

Building Great IT Teams Amidst Tech Talent Shortage

Our IT team at PGi commits to three things for success: our philosophy of agile, our framework of scrum and our team of skilled workers. Today, though, it’s nearly impossible to find great IT workers unless you’re willing to really work at it. About half a million IT jobs currently sit open, and because of the rapid pace of new …

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Are You Losing Patience for Process by Chasing Innovation?

To create a culture of open innovation, you need to break a lot of rules. You have to part with traditional hierarchy to empower every employee to present and pursue ideas no matter their function or title. So it seems counterintuitive that systems and processes play a big part in innovation, but in reality, it’s difficult to realize innovation without …

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Enabling Agile for Distributed Teams

Agile development is a cornerstone of any technology-driven business these days, and PGi is no exception. When I joined PGi, I came on board as a new program director, joining a new CIO. Our initial goals were lofty and including reevaluating and reworking mission-critical systems. And we determined that we needed to tackle these challenges as an agile team and …

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Distributed Agile Stand-Ups

Daily stand-up meetings should take 15 minutes. Ours used to take an hour. Like other distributed IT teams, mine struggled to practice agile without being together or knowing each other well. Then, magic started happening. Our stand-up meetings became 15 minutes. Once-disjointed PGi employees became cohesive teams, demoing working software every two weeks without fail. My teams didn’t even need …

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2 Huge Mistakes Businesses Make Buying Collaboration Software

Email may have pioneered virtual communications, but now, there’s a better way to manage projects, share files, send updates, centralize information, archive conversations and connect teams. Collaboration software, online project management and team workspaces are not only helping evolve teamwork but also solving our biggest problem with email: noise. Back-and-forth conversations and long email threads no longer permeate employees’ inboxes. …

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Add Collaboration to Your Sales Vocabulary (and Make Money Doing It)

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On the first of every month, join me as I put Partners 1st with perspectives, advice and insights into how today’s technology trends are changing the way we live, collaborate and do business. It’s no secret that we’re big advocates of collaboration here at PGi. We’ve designed and built web, audio and video conferencing tools and a world-class network infrastructure all with …

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