How Many Hero Points Do You Have In Your Portfolio?

IT leaders need a seat at the table. But getting the organizational credibility to be accepted as a strategic colleague is an art. Of course you need to build relationships with the C-team. And you need to pull your weight strategically. Here’s a non-scientific, self-test you can take to assess whether you’re on the right track:   Question Scoring your answer 1.       What percentage of your budget is devoted to projects with no visible upside? [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:35:17+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Project Management|Comments Off on How Many Hero Points Do You Have In Your Portfolio?

Getting What You Hope For (Part II of the COTS or Not Series)

Gartner’s forecast of a 75 percent BUILD-NOT-BUY rate for digital business applications raises the question of how IT executives keep their hard-won seats at the table. The success rate of software development projects hovers around 65 percent.  That’s an F. No matter who is doing the building—in house or appdev vendor, the buck stops with the IT leadership. Even if they can get all the money back for a dev project that’s gone south, they [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:35:23+00:00 November 4th, 2016|Project Management|Comments Off on Getting What You Hope For (Part II of the COTS or Not Series)

Information Strategy’s 3 Big Surprises

I finally got around to unpacking that last box of stuff from our move last summer. I pulled out a pile of articles and reports I had written over the years—mostly when I was a senior executive at Accenture’s Institute for Strategic Change. What was on the top of the pile? “Capping the Gusher,” a management report on information strategy-how organizations leverage information to create value in a dynamic business environment.[*]  Copyright date: 2001. Of [...]

By | 2018-03-09T15:16:23+00:00 May 26th, 2016|Project Management|Comments Off on Information Strategy’s 3 Big Surprises

A Crazy Idea for Managing Projects Based on Surprise

Put your skeptic’s hat on… this is going to be out there. NPR aired a segment yesterday about an economist’s view of suspense and surprise. Suspense means wondering what’s going to happen, and surprise means getting an abrupt change of perspective. Economists[1] argue that suspense and surprise make an activity engaging, and that there are ways to optimize both to heighten the effect. Too little and the activity is boring; too much and it’s overwhelming. [...]

By | 2018-03-09T15:14:27+00:00 May 25th, 2016|Project Management|Comments Off on A Crazy Idea for Managing Projects Based on Surprise

Seeing the Big Picture

My first large fiber art wall hanging—four feet square—has been lying on the floor of my studio (aka guest bedroom) for two weeks now. Normally I lay out my pieces as I work on them to allow them to soak in. I walk away then come back to them again and again with fresh eyes and new ideas. Sometimes I take photos along the way so I can glance at them in odd moments for [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:04+00:00 March 21st, 2016|Project Management|Comments Off on Seeing the Big Picture

What is the Business Value of Business Intelligence?

Maybe we should define Business Intelligence (BI). According to CIO magazine,“Business intelligence, or BI, is an umbrella term that refers to a variety of software applications used to analyze an organization’s raw data. BI as a discipline is made up of several related activities, including data mining, online analytical processing, querying and reporting. Companies use BI to improve decision making, cut costs and identify new business opportunities. BI is more than just corporate reporting [...]

By | 2017-10-23T16:00:15+00:00 February 19th, 2016|Big Data, Project Management|Comments Off on What is the Business Value of Business Intelligence?

Loving Your Things

Call me weird, but I love some of my things. I can’t quite explain what makes a suitcase or a computer system lovable, but I swear there’s a difference between the things that just tickle me and those that don’t. Of course, there’s the IKEA effect. It’s real. If I’ve put some energy into assembling or enhancing something, I love it more. This matters even if I didn’t have to do all the work myself. [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:05+00:00 February 10th, 2016|Project Management|Comments Off on Loving Your Things

Leading Without Getting Your Hands Dirty

One of my wonderful step daughters and her husband taught me something about leadership recently. Keven has a responsible position in an environmental engineering firm and has been receiving leadership training lately as part of his company’s career development program. Keven’s summary comment? It all seems like common sense. Nonetheless leadership was on Keven’s mind when we got together, along with 25 other members of the family, for a long-weekend housewarming at our place. Yes, [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:05+00:00 September 10th, 2015|Project Management|Comments Off on Leading Without Getting Your Hands Dirty

Jane Linder Interview About Power Woman Award

Dr. Jane Linder, Managing Director, has been named to The Channel Company’s prestigious 2015 CRN® Women of the Channel, and has been recognized as one of this year’s Power 50. The annual list honors outstanding female executives across solution provider organizations prominently involved in the IT channel ecosystem for their achievements and the far-reaching impact they are having on the technology industry going forward. We wanted to get a little more information about what the [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:05+00:00 June 16th, 2015|Project Management|Comments Off on Jane Linder Interview About Power Woman Award

What Public Sector Leaders Should Know About Fact Based Management

Who doesn’t want fact-based management in the public sector? Wouldn’t it be great to have ready, reliable answers to those legislative questions that seem to arrive just when things are busiest? Wouldn’t it be much more efficient to settle stakeholder disagreements with evidence rather than opinion? Yes! There’s no question that fact-based management has the power to give organizations an order of magnitude improvement in effectiveness. Service will improve, organizational relationships will strengthen, and well-placed [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:37:27+00:00 March 10th, 2015|Project Management|Comments Off on What Public Sector Leaders Should Know About Fact Based Management