Category Archives: Value Generation

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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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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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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Evaluating performance for results

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

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