IT Organization

Digital Keystone Skills

One of my clients is faced with retooling its IT workforce as a wave of employees approach retirement. Our conversations about how they should shape their recruitment strategy got me thinking about the post I wrote back in 2009 “IT’s Keystone Skills,” and how I would refresh it for today. The idea behind IT keystone […] MORE

September 11, 2013

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Social Collaboration vs. Quiet Contemplation

Roughly 20-30% of the population is acknowledged introverts and it’s no secret that IT has its fair share. One of the more famous is Steve Wozniak who dreamt up the first Apple computer in solitude. It’s highly unlikely that this quantum leap of imagination that changed the world would have bubbled to the surface in […] MORE

April 12, 2012

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6 Steps to Close the IT Skill Gap

Guest Post by Rob Boudrow and Bob Audet Recent research reveals that 72% of executives place above average importance on talent management, yet only 44% of their companies have done an above average job in building the foundational capabilities to manage and improve talent.  During a recent project with a health care CIO, we observed […] MORE

August 28, 2010

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Two Organization Questions Facing the CIO

co-authored with Rob Boudrow A few days ago, we had a great chat with Marc Cecere, Forrester’s CIO and IT organization expert on the trends and changes we are seeing in IT organizations. The great thing about talking with analysts is that it forces you to summarize your thinking. In gathering our thoughts, we think […] MORE

April 20, 2010

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Thinking Globally - Where Should a CIO Begin?

A few weeks ago, I participated in a workshop with a global financial services CIO and a few of his leadership team to discuss what the coming 3-5 years would mean for the IT function and its role in the business. The most important driver of this kind of conversation has to be where the […] MORE

October 23, 2009

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Software as Soulcraft?

In his book Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew Crawford contrasts the fulfillment from working with your hands with the abstract world of the knowledge worker.  For an abbreviated version, check out his NY Times essay.  Being a closet Maker myself (more here), I was drawn into this topic as I often struggle with the creative […] MORE

September 07, 2009

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