Obsessed with IT Outcomes Are CIOs supposed to avoid risk or embrace it? It depends. For digital programs to flourish and fuel the growth of the larger organization, entirely new behaviors need to be adopted by IT leaders—but they each come with an assumed risk.
Obsessed with IT Outcomes Sure, the first days in your role as CIO are critical. Advice abounds in books, blog posts and presentations for how to approach your initial 90- or 100-day period. These recommendations are compelling and directionally sound. In reality, it’s rare when a CIO nails their first 100 days in perfect form. But that’s OK! The real issue is what you should do after the first 100 days are up.
Obsessed with IT Outcomes You might be a little of both. Where are you on the spectrum? What type of CIO does your organization need, and why?
Obsessed with IT Outcomes As with most significant changes, digital transformation can elicit both passive and aggressive reactions. In the correct context and with the right audience, both perspectives can be valid and useful. How can IT leaders embrace these representations to enact true transformation within an organization?
Obsessed with IT Outcomes While IT implementation challenges may seem similar across industries, it often takes a deeper dive into a profession’s nuances and specific constraints to fully understand potential barriers to success. I was reminded of this recently at home during dinner.
Obsessed with IT Outcomes Today, headlines about digital transformation dominate blogs and journals. IT leaders feel that they should have already started their organization’s transition into the digital age. But the amount of buzz around this trend shouldn’t force you into a hasty decision.
Obsessed with IT Outcomes We often get distracted by the strategies and tactics of a given IT initiative when looking for reasons it performed the way it did. There’s a bigger, less tangible reason for why a project succeeds or fails: is it in the hands of someone who cares?
Obsessed with IT Outcomes As business undergoes a massive digital transformation, IT's mission statement needs to evolve as well. Here's what NOT to include in an effective, aspirational mission definition for the modern IT organization. (SPOILER: It's time to leave "enablement" and "cost-effectiveness" behind!)
Obsessed with IT Outcomes Often, it’s a management consultant who gets the call for help. But, for most IT issues, executives need to also talk to software developers for their advice and perspective.
Obsessed with IT Outcomes IT typically manages a portfolio of vendors. At any given time, each vendor relationship is in one of 5 stages of maturity. Here's how to think about balancing and adjusting the distribution of vendor relationships to best suit your organization.
Obsessed with IT Outcomes We don't call for a "long hose operator" when we need a firefighter! Let’s upgrade how we talk about IT roles and projects to reflect the desired outcomes.