Category Archives: Governance

Top level metrics for the business to direct IT

Suppose you’re a non-executive director on the Board. Or a C-level officer of the enterprise. Maybe you’re the country manager, or divisional general manager, of a piece of the organization. What should you be looking at, to judge and give … Continue reading

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Principles as Attractors and Safety Mechanisms

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

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Governance models for the real world

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

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Getting past the impulse to order everything

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

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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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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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