We believe the only way for an IT governance function to affect the execution of a strategy is to cascade the governance function. When middle management from IT and the business participate in governance, great things happen. Watch this video to learn how we do it: (Did you enjoy the video? Consider subscribing to our YouTube channel.) Tweet: Cascading #ITGovernance [VIDEO]… Read more »
IT executives, IT managers and other techies: I am coming at you! It’s time to embrace the concept of failing fast. (If you already have, how is it working for you? Please feel free to comment below and share your lessons learned.) This doesn’t come naturally to a lot of people. We in the IT industry… Read more »
I was pleased to be interrogated – er, interviewed – by the talented Cassie Crossley on her new podcast, Tech Leaders Today. Please take a listen to uncover: our recruiting and staffing approach IT’s biggest problem today stories of how we solved 2 different clients’ problems Excerpts from our conversation are transcribed below.
The benefits of “failing fast” have been well documented and embraced in startup circles. Yet in IT, project cancellations are rare. Organizations exert tremendous energy on making the best of IT initiatives that are bound to fail. When failure is not an option, failing fast is a foreign concept. There are many factors contributing to the fear… Read more »
Sorry to break it to you this way. It’s a fact of life: IT cannot complete its work faster than the business can think of it. The dependence on IT is growing exponentially, priorities shift constantly, and new opportunities come up daily. The gap between expectations of IT and its capacity is often widened by those executives who… Read more »
The following post is an excerpt from The Iterative Engagement Model: A Calculated Risk and a Whole Lot of Reward. The traditional vendor engagement model is flawed. Technology initiatives are only getting more and more complex, time consuming and costly. Consequently, the risks associated with technology investments continue to pile up. Complexity increases the number of weak links,… Read more »
You’ve heard the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” There are many areas in business where that advice may hold true, but your IT assets are not one of them. IT assets—including hardware, software and data—start deteriorating the day they are acquired. Yet the tendency today is to purchase, install, and then promptly forget… Read more »
Value creation is the main goal of any business. Managers should make decisions in order to maximize the value of their company, using minimal resources. Many organizations utilize Lean management strategies to prioritize customer interests and enable workers to improve processes. Instead of the optimization of separate processes, Lean thinking focuses on processes alignment and continuous improvement.
Bureaucratic, static IT governance models of the past no longer work in organizations where the IT function is to enable business innovation and customer engagement. For IT governance models to be effective in today’s evolving marketplace, they must be more closely linked with business governance. What concrete benefits and tangible value are you receiving today… Read more »
As a leader at an IT organization, your first priority is successfully developing your IT product or services. Yet you might find yourself hindered by poor performing programs, or employees who are ill equipped to execute your vision. One way to infer that your organization isn’t spending the time and effort necessary on talent management… Read more »