'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 […]

Threats and Opportunities in the Cloud – Coming to a City Near You!

I’ve posted before about Cloud Computing and I am delighted to let you know that I have been invited to speak to this topic at an upcoming CIO Forum Series sponsored by Pariveda Solutions and Microsoft Windows Azure.

I believe that there is an inevitability to the Cloud as a new way to deliver capability and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Innovation and Web 2.0 – A Compelling Relationship?

I had a very interesting and exciting week!  I was a speaker at an nGenera Senior Executive Summit, which drew about 60 top executives from mostly large companies – CEO’s, CIO’s, CFO’s, HR and shared service heads, and even a couple of Lawyers and Platform/Brand managers.  It was an auspicious group – both in terms […]

Design Thinking 2.0: Enabling Innovation with Web 2.0 – Part 3

In the first part of this series I examined the case for, and some of the key aspects of Design Thinking.   In Part 2 of this series, I distinguished between “Core” and “Edge” Capabilities and made the point that Design Thinking typically is heavy on Edge capabilities, whereas most businesses, and certainly, most corporate […]

Design Thinking 2.0: How Web 2.0 Might Foster and Enable an Innovation Revolution

About 3 years ago I first become aware of what can best be called a ‘movement’ dedicated to “Design Thinking,” when the term started showing up in some of my favorite blogs (e.g., Idris Mootee’s Innovation Playground).  The concepts became clearer and more compelling to me in June, 2008 when the Harvard Business Review published […]

Exploring an IT Operating Model for Enterprise 2.0 – Part 4: IT Governance

In Part 1 of this series, I suggested that the implications of Enterprise 2.0 for the IT organization are dramatic.  I also suggested that the ways of designing and executing an IT Operating Model in a Web 2.0 context are quite different from traditional approaches.  In Part 2, I outlined the major elements of an […]