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Design Thinking and Emerging IT Roles

This is the third and final part in a multi-part post inspired by Robert Pirsig's masterwork, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.  In Part 1 (titled "Reflections on 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' 38 Years Later ") I discussed the implications for IT professionals of Pirsig's musings on 'classic' versus 'romantic' worldviews, [...]

Are Linked-In Groups Worth the Time and Effort?

I love the idea of LinkedIn Groups!  The reality, however, from my perspective leaves much to be desired! As a huge believer in social networking as a business tool, but so far disappointed in the impact this has had on most businesses, I really hoped that LinkedIn Groups would work for me.  Let me define [...]

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 [...]

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 recommend how agility [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Account Teams and Business-IT Relationship Management

I've posted quite frequently on this blog about the role of the Business-IT Relationship Manager. It's a key role - crucial, in fact, at mid-levels of Business-IT maturity.  It's a role that typically does not work well at lower maturity, yet is essential to reaching higher maturity. It's also a role that is hard to [...]

IT Organizational Implications of Cloud Computing

First off, let me make myself clear.  I firmly believe that Cloud Computing, in its various forms, is real, absolutely inevitable and will completely revolutionize the form and role of the IT Organization.  Some readers will look at that sentence and laugh - it's like saying "day will pass into night."  Obvious, beyond dispute, devoid [...]