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When New Technology Causes Productivity to Plummet

Technology is expected to enhance productivity Most business cases for technology investments include “productivity gains.” Even when no formal business case is created or communicated, users, managers, and executives implicitly expect that new technology will make their lives better. However, many organizations spend money on technology as if it were a lottery ticket—hoping they will… Read more »

CIOs: Never Ask for Money Again

How Do You Fund Your IT Investments? First of all, if you are an IT manager or executive and have asked for money to fund a project, you are brave. Too many folks in IT are order-takers. So, hats off to those valiant IT leaders who create business cases for IT initiatives, and present justifications… Read more »

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Tutorial: Running a Value Stream Mapping Workshop

A Value Stream Mapping (VSM) workshop is designed to plan process improvements by mapping the current flow of information and materials, generating an ideal future state for that flow, and putting forth a high-level plan to achieve the future state. Here is a tutorial explaining the process and expected outcomes from a VSM workshop:

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7 Elements of an IT Project Health Report

A health check is a formal examination assessing if an IT project is on track and under control, and serving as a valuable continuous improvement tool. The outcome is a project health report that proactively and impartially informs project stakeholders of the well-being of the initiative. Too often, a project health check is only initiated once a project already is in… Read more »

The Keys to Managing Your Outsourced IT Resources

Congratulations! You’ve decided to outsource some of your IT services, based on a sound resourcing strategy. And you’ve found a reliable outsourcing partner. Now you need to manage your outsourced IT team. If you’ve ever managed a vendor, you may have had one of the following thoughts cross your mind: “This team just doesn’t get it. I… Read more »

VIDEO Getting Your Money's Worth from JDE Software

Getting Your Money’s Worth From JD Edwards Software

Implementations start with the best of intentions and the highest of hopes, but most organizations we work with fall short on outcomes from their system investments. JD Edwards is no exception. This is completely normal: IT projects have enough trouble staying on time, on budget, and on scope. So what do you do now? Watch this video for my advice: (If you… Read more »

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Cascading IT Governance

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 »

Lessons on Failing Fast from Outside the Corporate Bubble

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 »