5 risks CIOs must assume in the digital age

5 risks CIOs must assume in the digital age

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...

09/13/18

Your first 100 days as CIO came and went. Now what?

Your first 100 days as CIO came and went. Now what?

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...

08/20/18

Traditional or transformational: what kind of CIO are you?

Traditional or transformational: what kind of CIO are you?

You might be a little of both. Where are you on the spectrum? What type of CIO does your organization need, and why?

07/25/18

Agile sprints for better vendor management

Agile sprints for better vendor management

The benefits of Agile extend far beyond software development. Here’s how Agile can enhance your vendor engagement efforts.

06/27/18

The passive-aggressive side of a digital transformation

The passive-aggressive side of a digital transformation

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...

05/30/18

Lessons learned from an EHR implementation (and my wife)

Lessons learned from an EHR implementation (and my wife)

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...

04/30/18

Don’t wag the dog: digital transformation starts with company strategy

Don’t wag the dog: digital transformation starts with company strategy

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...

03/30/18

The risk-taker CIO paradox

The risk-taker CIO paradox

Leadership requires taking risks. But technology must work reliably. How do IT leaders square these two realities?

02/26/18

Who cares about your IT initiative?

Who cares about your IT initiative?

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...

01/25/18

4 pitfalls to avoid when defining IT’s mission in the digital age

4 pitfalls to avoid when defining IT’s mission in the digital age

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...

12/12/17

A software developer makes a great executive advisor

A software developer makes a great executive advisor

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.

11/22/17

A maturity model for vendor relationships: you can’t marry all of them

A maturity model for vendor relationships: you can’t marry all of them

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...

10/06/17

IT professionals should watch their language

IT professionals should watch their language

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.

09/05/17

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