We tend to design things that are complex, and that can be our undoing.
“Technical debt” refers to releasing software products that have significant bugs in them. The cost of removing the bugs after release must be paid if the software is to survive in the long run. So the concept is similar to financial debt: the longer you leave it unpaid, the more you must pay in compound [...]
When you ask for advice from an IT specialist, often the response is too technical, too closely tied to a commercial product, or simply off the mark because the underlying problems are management problems. Who can you turn to for useful and practical advice?
Cloud-based services are transforming business IT in major ways. What does this mean for structure and mission of the enterprise’s IT department? Is there anything left that can’t be done by the cloud and by cloud service vendors?
If you lead, manage or work with teams, you know that teams have their highs and lows, just like individuals. Energy is a quality of the interactions going on in the room the team is working in, a quality that you feel when you’re in the room with them. The energy of a team is [...]
How do you evaluate how well a team is functioning? A key indicator is energy. Energy is a quality of the interactions going on in the room the team is working in, a quality that you feel when you’re in the room with them. There are a variety of types of energy. A team may [...]
Risk management is a key area for financial leaders. When we look at IT development projects, we’re usually focused on opportunities rather than risks. But IT investments have risks beyond security and privacy issues. Project failure can lead to losses even beyond the intended investment. Here are seven ways to look at IT development projects from a risk management point of view.
Collaboration thrives on trust, truth and a willingness to talk things through. When these elements are present for people in a team or in a department, those people take responsibility, use their authority wisely, and develop a climate of openness.
The right thing is to plan, organize and execute with long-term results in mind. But nearly every manager is so driven by short-term metrics that they fail to account for longer-term effects of their decisions and actions. As a result, they accomplish less for themselves and for their organizations, making them less effective and less [...]
With all the news about IT projects that go bad, you would think that we’d hear more news about projects that go well. Then we could just copy down the “best practices” that led to the success and – voilà – our projects would come out perfectly every time. But life is not so simple. [...]