Key Frameworks

A collecation of frameworks that I’ve come across that help cast light on the journey to IT 2017.

Why a Good Business Case or ROI Analysis Doesn't Ensure Value Realization

I find that most companies I work with nowadays are pretty good at insisting that business requests for IT solutions are accompanied by a robust business case that surfaces all the costs (including total life cycle costs), expected return on investment (ROI), risks, mitigation strategies, and so on.  They have good business case templates, and […]

By |January 20th, 2009|IT Management, IT Maturity, Key Frameworks, Uncategorized|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, […]

IT Organization Design: Part 2

Picking up on my previous post on Organization Design and the Value Disciplines, my colleague Roy Youngman reminded me of the theoretical work by Henry Mintzberg that we drew from many years back.  At that time, Roy was helping me to write a book, Development Effectiveness: Strategies for IS Organizational Transition.  (Note:  I’m not plugging the book […]

By |September 10th, 2008|IT Management, IT Maturity, Key Frameworks|1 Comment

Fresh Approaches to IT Leadership Competency Assessment

Virtually all CIO’s recognize they have a talent challenge – the competencies they have in their IT organization are often not the competencies they need today.  This is an issue I’ve wanted to post on for some time, but it’s complex and requires highly specialized expertise – people who both fully understand the Human Resources […]

Managing IT Infrastructure vs. Platforms

I was in an interesting discussion with one of my consulting clients recently.  I was with a group of IT managers responsible for their firm’s shared IT assets.  This is a large, global enterprise that has been on an aggressive journey over the last 5 years to transform business-IT maturity.  By any measure, they have been […]

Podcast on Business-IT Maturity Model

I’m very proud that Tom Parish, host and audio producer for the excellent Enterprise Leadership web site, invited me to deliver a podcast on the Business-IT Maturity model.  Just click on the last phrase in the previous sentence, or right-click to download the mp3 file.

It was a great deal of fun to do – Tom […]

The "Secrets" of Consulting: Principles as a Problem Solving Tool

I want to continue on this ‘secrets of consulting’ thread, and deal with one particular tool – principles.  Over the years, in many different situations, I’ve found this to be a remarkably powerful tool for resolving problems, clarifying positions, and, in many cases, driving significant change in behaviors.

As a tool, Principles are both easy to understand, […]

By |February 13th, 2008|Business-IT Governance, IT Management, Key Frameworks|0 Comments

Business-IT Maturity – Implications of Discontinuities

Yesterday I suggested a refinement to the single, continuous “S” curve Business-IT Maturity model, to one comprised of a series of “S” curves, with discontinuities between them.  I think the refinement is more than trivial, and certainly not simply cosmetic.  I’ve blogged before on the notion of Level 2 “sticking points.”   These are behaviors and […]

Re-thinking Business-IT Maturity

It’s time to update our venerable Business-IT Maturity curve – this is a BIG DEAL!  (Well, at least it is to some of us!)
For the last 10 years or so I have been drawing a simplified version of the Business-IT Maturity curve as a single ‘S’ curve, or learning curve.  I typically talk about three […]

Improve or Innovate?

My last couple of posts have been on ITIL, where I presented my argument that approaches such as this (and CMMI) are necessary but not sufficient to take Business-IT Maturity to the next level.  They are necessary because they help build a solid foundation for IT operations and services.  They are insufficient because they typically […]

By |January 24th, 2008|IT Maturity, Key Frameworks, Next Generation IT, Web 2.0|0 Comments