- When will enterprise architecture really make a difference?
- IT filled with teams “preserving knowledge” is doing it wrong
- Top level metrics for the business to direct IT
- “If an experiment is sweet, you go ahead and do it” doesn’t belong in business
- If the IT you have didn’t exist, what would you put in its place?
Category Archives: Management & Leadership
Governing IT to generate innovation and value means having the business unlock resources for these purposes. Safe-to-fail experiments — the hallmark of probing for opportunity — are a type of “project”, therefore, that will be run. They will tend to … Continue reading
Different types of order require different approaches to leadership, and thus different approaches to governance. First, let’s get situated. If you’re not familiar with the Cognitive Edge Cynefin Framework, this post is going to lean on it heavily. Dave Snowden, … Continue reading
There’s a constant temptation in management more generally, and IT specifically, to presume that everything not only can be ordered, but that it ought to be. Perhaps, for IT people, it comes from the origins of the work. The original … Continue reading
What are some of the warning signs that an organisation may be headed into trouble? Start with how people spend their time. We’ve known since at least the 1950s, with the work done by William Oncken and Peter Drucker, that … Continue reading
I have spent thirty-eight years in the enterprise work-a-day world. From this long experience, in multiple countries, multiple industries, and in roles from entry-level computer operator to Chief Executive Officer, I have one core observation to take away. Most managers … Continue reading
Information Technology groups frustrate the rest of the people in the organisation because they’re not seen as serving their needs. That is a trite statement: the battle between users and technologists is an old one. Still, what could you be … Continue reading
Most managers I know hate to do performance evaluations. (I’m one of them, by the way.) In the typical enterprise, evaluations have become a way to find reasons to hold pay down. The amount available for increases is limited, as … Continue reading
You are a manager. Therefore, you have staff. You need to constantly keep updating how you see the world to reflect the way your staff see it — for that will differ. In other words, you must think beyond your … Continue reading