Monthly Archives: August 2012

Signs of an Organisation in Trouble

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

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Portfolio classes for the greater recession

In an economy that doesn’t move forward easily if at all, the traditional classes in portfolio planning aren’t enough. A Governing Board needs to establish a mix designed to deal with a long period of malaise. That would be now, … Continue reading

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The kill decision

Probably the hardest decision to make in any organisation is the decision to kill a project that’s underway. Time, effort and money has been sunk into it. There are expectations of its completion — successful completion is preferred, but, when … Continue reading

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How do your systems stack up to the outside world?

Most of us don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the systems we have deployed in terms of how they would fare if they had to compete for attention, the way the public faces of organizations do. Yet the … Continue reading

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The core governance decisions

IT governance is a noxious task, yet leaving it undone — or asking the Chief Information Officer to bear the load alone — is a recipe for trouble. I have written at length about the Governance Board, and how it … Continue reading

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Learning to see differently

There’s a long running tension in IT between centralisation and decentralisation. Processing more data, after all, simply requires more resources. More storage, more computing power — but the software is (probably) the same. (The “probably” reflects the fact that different … Continue reading

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Teachable moments

Most IT systems deployed to this point are designed to do two things: monitor and control operations, or portray information (e.g. business intelligence systems). Knowledge management was brought forward as a third leg — capturing, coding and using knowledge gained … Continue reading

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