An Agile Business Needs an Agile IT Group

Agile Employees

If you ask any business leader whether they’d prefer that their organization be thought of as ‘slow moving’ or ‘agile’, most would respond with ‘agile’ as their preference.   Those that don’t respond in the affirmative toward agility are most likely running a dying business or are just out of sync with their industry and their […]

The Right Services in the Right Way

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I’ve written a bit about the agile data center lately. I’ve previously defined the agile data center as something that “allows organizations to efficiently and effectively add, remove and change services at the speed of the business, not the speed of technology.” I still stand by that definition but I wanted to expand on it […]

Building an Agile IT Group

Building an Agile IT Group

Like the data center in most organizations, IT groups have been undergoing a transformation over the last few years. IT leaders have constantly been on the lookout for new systems, technologies, people and skills to meet the ‘do more with less’ mantra while continuing to build out the capabilities required of their teams. Thankfully, CIO’s […]

The Cloud – Trend, fad, reality? Yes.

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This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. The Cloud. We all know about it. We are probably all tired of every blog talking about the Cloud. Some call the Cloud a fad. Some call it the trend of the future. Others…call the Cloud reality. So which is it… Trend, fad or reality? All three. Yes…all […]

Oh boy! Another Project Management Certification…

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I just saw an announcement that the Project Management Institute has a new Project Management Certification for Agile that they are piloting now (hat tip to PM Bistro). According to the description on PMI’s webpage about their new Agile certification, the new certificate will: validate a practitioner’s ability to understand Agile principles and concepts. The […]

Links for Dec 19 2010

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Unlocking the Mayor Badge of Meaninglessness by Umair Haque – Harvard Business Review Quote: Social media needs to enlarge its blinkered, myopic perspective on what the social really means. Trivialization, dehumanization, enslaved by the promise of a point, a badge, or a trophy, another friend, follower, or fan — that’s the very definition of antisocial […]

Sunday Links for Sept 12 2010

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Enterprises Consider Business Agility As A Primary Driver Towards Cloud By Krishnan Subramanian on CloudAve Quote: This report has a quantitative survey of IT executives from businesses of all sizes and shapes. Anyone wanting to understand the cloud adoption trends will find this report interesting. Top IT managers in enterprises will find this report useful […]

Big ideas vs Little ideas

Would you rather have one great big idea or tons of little ideas? Me?  I’m fond of having a lot of little ideas. Why?  Little ideas are easier to understand, easier to fund and easier to implement. Little ideas can be brought to life with less effort when compared  to the great big idea.  A […]

Agility & Business

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Michael Hugos had a really good post on CIO.com titled “Agility Means Simple Things Done Well, Not Complex Things Done Fast” that provided the best definition of “agility’ that I’ve found.  He writes: Experience shows me (again and again) that agility is not about working fast but about finding elegantly simple solutions to business problems. […]

Is Perfect worth it?

“Don’t let perfect ruin good” That’s what Harry Beckwith, author of “Selling the Invisible” has to say on the subject. He goes on to say the following: “You easily can get stalled in the shift from strategy to tactics because you are paralyzed by your desire for excellence” I see this type of thing all […]