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Book Review – Be The Business: CIOs in the New Era of IT

I reviewed Martha Heller's last book, The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership back in October 2012, because I thought it was an important book for my typical blog readership, the IT community. When Martha invited me to review her new book, I jumped at the opportunity because: I respect Martha's perspective—she is both an IT executive [...]

What Is Business-IT Convergence? How Do You Create a Converged Operating Model?

I was introduced to the phenomenon of Business-IT Convergence in the late 1980’s by one of the world’s leading IT thinkers and teachers—Professor James Cash, then Professor and Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School. I had just delivered a presentation about Business-IT Alignment to an audience of CIOs. The presentation was well received, and [...]

Shadow IT: Friend or Foe?

Every now and again, I see articles, posts and comments about "Shadow IT", nearly always cast as a negative phenomenon--something to be avoided, challenged, even eliminated. As an example, Information Week recently published an article entitled "Shadow IT: 8 Ways to Cope." While all the suggested 'coping mechanisms' make sense, I'm always concerned that Shadow [...]

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 [...]

IT-Enabled Business Innovation: A Missing Link?

Information technology is enabling business innovation through new types of product and service, transformed business models and improved lives for customers, consumers, shareholders, employees and citizens. For example, when Sam Walton famously recognized the competitive advantage Walmart could gain by 'turning inventory to information' he was experiencing (and then acting upon) an insight that would [...]

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 [...]