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Who’s Taking Care of Organizational Change Management?

Where are all the Organizational Change experts? I've worked with many companies over the last 45 years or so who were trying to improve business performance by implementing IT-enabled change (or, more precisely, by implementing business process change enabled by IT). I've also worked with IT organizations who were trying to improve their performance by [...]

Razing Silos with Business Relationship Management

  IT Organizations are complex organisms that have to deal with rapidly changing, complicated subjects. Such environments are fascinating places for organizational archaeologists and anthropologists to study, revealing layer upon layer of legacy architectures, organizing structures, artifacts and sub-cultures. While the technologies we manage change quickly, the methods and structures we use to manage them [...]

Scrum: Twice the Work in Half the Time–Really? Part 2

This is Part 2 of a 2-part post. In Part 1 I provided some context for my post inspired by the book "Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time" by Jeff Sutherland, including a disclaimer on why you might not like this book. If you are experienced in Scrum methods, [...]

Scrum: Twice the Work in Half the Time–Really? Part 1

[Note: Originally intended to be a single post book review, but it grew to the point where I decided to make it a 2-part post. Please check back next week for the second part.] This post was inspired by my recent read of the book, "Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half [...]

How Do You Use Competency Models?

This post was inspired by a recent exchange I had with a BRMI member on the member's wiki. I was delighted that he was asking an intelligent question about the SFIAplus competency framework from the UK's BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. If only all my discussions about Competency Models were as well informed! I [...]

How Do You Optimize IT Capabilities for Business Value?

In their groundbreaking book, The Discipline of Market Leaders, published in 1997, co-authors Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema argued that companies that have taken leadership positions in their industries have typically done so by focusing their strategy on one of three value disciplines, and optimizing their business operating models accordingly. They don't ignore the other [...]

The Power of Context

Context is worth 80 IQ points." I've repeated this Alan Kay quote many times. (A little research for this post reveals that the actual quote was probably, "Point of view is worth 80 IQ points" or even, "Perspective is worth 80 IQ points".) Alan Kay was considered by many to be the father of object [...]

Is Your IT Transformation Real? Or Just Another Reorganization?

One of the great things about being a consultant is that you get to see recurring patterns.  This helps you recognize organizational dysfuntionality and have some insights into the default future for an organization.  One of the sad things about being a consultant is seeing the same mistakes being made over and over – sometimes [...]