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How we chose the 25 Top Information Managers
From the initial field, we selected 38 finalists based on the quality of the nominations and impact we perceived in the work of the nominees. We then attempted to contact and personally interview as many finalists as possible. Each of the managers eventually selected to our Top 25 was interviewed personally by the editorial director, who asked them to describe their project work or the work experience for which they were nominated. Each finalist was also asked an identical set of five baseline questions. The questions related to their career preparation and work experience, their opinions on team and project leadership, their current priorities and their outlook on business and technology changes yet to come. Most of the details from the interviews are not mentioned in the thumbnails we created for the article. But based on the nominations, the responses and the baseline questions, we selected and loosely ranked the winners based on our perceived measurement of their organizational impact and managerial skills.