The management of the Information Services Organization – the formal organization charged with managing IT assets and capabilities

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Do You Have IT Organizational Clarity – Part 2

My previous post introduced the topic of IT Organizational Clarity, discussed common symptoms arising from a lack of Organizational Clarity, and suggested two dimensions through which clarity can be assessed and improved:

Bounding scope by defining “IT Capabilities” at an appropriate level of granularity. (Units of analysis).
Defining meaningful and assessable characteristics for IT Capabilities. (Means of […]

Do You Have IT Organizational Clarity?

This is the first in a series of posts on the subject of IT Organizational Clarity.  The general concept of  Organizational Clarity is clearly laid out in Patrick Lencioni’s wonderful leadership fable, The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive.

I believe that Organizational Clarity is particularly important for IT leaders today as IT management and operational […]

Unsure of Yourself? – Debate the Trivial!

Thanks to my colleague Roy Youngman for suggesting the theme of this (very short) post when we were comparing notes on past consulting clients.  Our discussion was about why some are so satisfying to work with while others can be so frustrating.  By the way, as I write this I am well aware of the […]

By |September 21st, 2010|IS Management, IT Management, IT Maturity|0 Comments

Portland's Street People and Well-Managed IT Organizations

Yes – I can connect the unlikely subjects in this blog’s title.  But bear with me a few sentences to set the context.

I recently posted on my time in Portland, Oregon, and my love for the city.  I also mentioned the anomalous ‘street people’ scene.  Portland is so squeaky clean and seemingly well-run, and yet […]

By |September 16th, 2010|Change Management, IS Management, IT Management, IT Maturity|0 Comments

Simple Processes

I just came across a new blog called Simple Processes, and I’m sufficiently impressed to add it to my Google Reader, to my blog roll, and to use this post to point my readers to it.  In his current post, Glenn Remoreras discusses the achievement of the highest level of process culture maturity.  This is […]

By |August 26th, 2009|IS Management, IT Management, IT Maturity, Key Frameworks|0 Comments

Marketing Mix and the IT Organization

Inspired yet again by Chris Brogan, I’m trying an experiment with a video post.  I’ve posted before on IT and marketing disciplines and I though this might be a good topic to create a small series (3 or 4) of short video posts on the 4 P’s of marketing as they apply to the work […]

By |January 6th, 2009|IS Management|0 Comments

To Centralize or Decentralize IT – That Was The Question…

What are the key issues in thinking through the perennial ‘centralize vs. decentralize IT’ question?

This post was triggered by a question I received from a CIO over the holidays (yes, CIOs and management consultants don’t take holidays!)  He was trying to deal with a number of departments which insisted on having their own IT departments, […]