Why Some Projects Should Be "Led," Not "Managed"

I’ve posted before (many times!) about Business-IT Maturity, and the common “sticking points” that most IT organizations run into around the mid-point between low and high maturity.  (See, for example, here, here, and here, or enter “Sticking Point” into the search box.)
Walking Ever Faster Will Not Get You Running!
If, arbitrarily, you pick 3 levels of […]

Changing the Culture of an IT Organization – One Wiki Page at a Time!

I’ve been a student of IT organizational culture since I began my management consulting career some 30+ years ago.  It’s wrong, of course, to generalize too broadly, but I’ve worked with literally hundreds of large enterprise IT organizations (i.e., IT organizations of 250+ members) and have seen more commonalities than differences.  Of course, within any […]

More Hurdles in the Shift from Documents to Wikis

Last week, I posted about The Painful But Rewarding Shift from Documents to Wikis.  In the post I shared some of the lessons my partner and I have learned from our experiences helping IT organizations shift to a Wiki approach for creating organizational clarity and getting people in the organization to engage in continuous improvement.  […]

The Painful But Rewarding Shift from Documents to Wikis

I posted recently on the question, Can Social Media Significantly Improve the Ways IT Work Is Performed?  The post began to share some of the lessons learned as I continue to work with IT organizations that are pushing into the “social media” age and using tools such as Wikis and Social Networking to drive IT […]

Can Social Media Significantly Improve the Ways IT Work is Performed?

It’s been a while since I posted to this blog.  My excuse, if one is needed, is that I started a new business venture earlier this year.  Unfortunately, shortly after incorporating the company, I was admitted to hospital for quintuple heart bypass surgery!  I’m pleased to say that while I’m more than fully recovered from […]

Leveraging the Cloud to Accelerate IT Renewal – Part 3

This is the third and final part in a three-part post on how Cloud Computing can provide a fast path to “IT Renewal.”
What is IT Renewal?
In the first post in this series, I discussed how information and technology are becoming ever more central to what an organization does and how it does it and how […]

'Social' IT Management – Part 3

In Part 1 of this series on ‘Social’ IT Management, we discussed the inherent complexity of the IT management function, and how a more ‘social’ and emergent approach can represent a better way to manage IT.  In Part 2, we talked about the types of things that would be in a ‘Social’ IT Management Platform […]

'Social' IT Management – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series on ‘Social’ IT Management, my esteemed colleague, Roy Youngman and I discussed the inherent complexity of the IT management function, and how a more ‘social’ and emergent approach can represent a better way to manage IT.  In Part 2, we will briefly discuss the types of […]

The Accidental Project Manager

Some IT organizations invest a great deal in the processes and disciplines of Project Management.  As well they should – much of an IT Organization’s work is performed through projects.

Various approaches are deployed to bring consistency and effectiveness to Project Management disciplines – Centers of Excellence (CoE), Project (and Program and Portfolio) Management Offices (PMO), […]

Do You Approach Strategy Formulation as an Event or a Continuous Process?

I find that most strategy efforts aren’t very strategic.  Nor do they have much real impact, or lead to significant change.
The Problems with Traditional Strategy Formulation Approaches
I think the supporting evidence for my findings lies in the fact that most companies either:

Don’t undertake strategy formulation initiatives unless they feel they have to (e.g., 5 […]