COBIT – Good News… Bad News!

COBIT is described by its creators, ISACA, as a “Framework for IT Governance and Control.”  Celebrating it’s 15-year anniversary, COBIT provides an excellent framework for helping bring IT under control.  In ISACA’s own words:
COBIT is an IT governance framework and supporting toolset that allows managers to bridge the gap between control requirements, technical issues and […]

Why It's Time to Re-Think IT Funding Models! – Part 1 of 3

The Live 3rd Rail!
Recently, a colleague said to me about a client, “It’s time to raise the subject of their IT funding model.  The current model is causing all sorts of dysfunctional behaviors!”  My response was, “You are right – but I really don’t want to go there just yet.  I don’t think they’re ready […]

By |May 18th, 2011|Business-IT Governance, IT Management|0 Comments

The Decline and Fall of the IT Organization?

With apologies to Ed Yourdon for my plagiarism of his original the book title, published back in 1993, “The Decline and Fall of the American Programmer”.  (Though I don’t recall if Ed gave apologies to Gibbon for first using this line!)

For a blog entitled “IT Organization 2017” and for a management consultant who has had […]

When Words Just Don't Cause Change

I was in a heated ‘discussion’ with a client recently.  We had completed an IT strategy refresh and one of the outstanding items was to review their IT Principles.  The IT leadership team had come up with some candidate new Principles, and I was being asked if I thought they were appropriate.
“What Will You Do […]

By |January 24th, 2011|Business-IT Governance, IT Management, Useful Tools|0 Comments

Three Ways To Increase IT Organizational Agility

Back in a September 2010 post, I asked, “How Agile Is Your IT Organization?  How Would You Know?”  The question came about as part of a research project I’m involved in through my affiliation with Formicio.  The aim of the research is to identify the factors that make IT organizations agile and […]

The Realpolitik of Business-IT Convergence

For some reason, I get much more commentary about my posts via personal emails than by direct commentary.  There’s something I quite like about that – it feels more personal when someone takes the time to send an email about a post.  On the other hand, the emailed comments are often illuminating and deserve a […]

By |November 17th, 2010|Business-IT Governance, Change Management, IT Management|0 Comments

Do You Have IT Organizational Clarity – Part 3

This picks up on Part 1 and Part 2 in this series on IT Organizational Clarity.

In Part 1, I discussed the importance of IT Organizational Clarity, the symptoms when clarity is compromised, and the challenges of trying to address those symptoms rather than the root causes that lead to compromised clarity.  Part 1 closed with […]

From Business-IT Alignment to Business-IT Convergence

I’ve posted before on the emergent confluence between business and IT.  I’ve also discussed the shift from Business-IT Alignment to Business-IT Convergence as an aspect of increasing business and IT maturity.  I’ve noted (Goodbye, Shadow IT – Hello, Shadow IT) that ‘Shadow IT’, often viewed as a problem to be solved might be more appropriately […]

Four Common Mistakes in IT Portfolio Management

Among my most popular topics, week after week, is Portfolio Management.  It’s a key discipline, especially crucial in driving Business-IT Maturity past the tricky mid-point where many IT organizations tend to get stuck.

IT Business Edge has just published a short slideshow on “Four Common Mistakes in IT Portfolio Management”, re-purposing a post of mine from […]

IT Leadership – Caught between Two Realities?

It’s always been tough being an IT leader.  The “Career Is Over” distortion of the CIO acronym is humorous because of the real world challenges associated with the CIO job.  I think that today is an especially challenging time for IT leaders.  I say that because these jobs are typically caught somewhere between two very […]