Preventing IT Program Failure, Part 1: The Right Question

This is the First in a Six-Part Series on How to Prevent Failure and Accelerate Outcomes I’ve been there, done that, and gotten a lot of t-shirts. This series will be learnings and specific actions to materially increase predictability and effectiveness of achieving the right outcomes associated with technology investment. “Successful people ask better questions, […]

Dear CIO: What Year Is IT?

“Life can only be understood backward; but it must be lived forwards.” Soren Kierkegaard. Is your IT organization in 2019 or 1991? Never did the above Kierkegaard quote resonate more when listening to a millennial relay a sad story that took me back to the 1990s. This 20-something, whom I’ll call Kay, was stoically heading […]

The Ultimate IT Budget Top 5 Q&A

According to the Brookings Institute, the digital economy is growing 2.5 times faster than global GDP in 21st century. In the same article, a Deloitte survey is referenced, whereby companies who have 75% or more of their IT in various “as a Service” (Software, Infrastructure, Platform) models have moved from “reducing costs” to “accelerating innovation.” […]

The Rising Inflation on Technical Debt

As we approach 2020, the inflation on technical debt continues to exponentially accelerate, and organizations may find it increasingly difficult to fund and manage the investment required to eradicate debt. Challenges include: Difficulty establishing current state. Information Technology departments have chronically lacked the time and dollars to invest, maintain and leverage configuration management tools, ergo […]

How To Keep A Customer in 5 Tips

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” Bill Gates, Gates Foundation, Co-Founder of Microsoft.  Vendors are hired to deliver something organization needs or wants done more cheaply, accurately, thoroughly, expertly, and/or quickly than the organization could otherwise do themselves. Among the worst feedback a vendor could get is “you know, we really […]

Five New Metrics for CIOs

“It’s a common misconception that money is every entrepreneur’s metric for success. It isn’t, nor should it be.”  Richard Branson Five 9s is so 1999. IT leaders need to think differently about the performance indicators for themselves and their organizations. 1.     The frequency of features and functions delivered to the customer. How often is your […]

Prioritize or Perish

“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” Henry David Thoreau The late Steve Jobs would gather with his top 100 people to prioritize. They would hammer out top 10 priorities, and he would cut down to three, and declare that no Apple money […]