Replaceable You

We all like to think that we are that one person in our family, team or company that is irreplaceable. The bad thing…most of us are replaceable. Sure…you can try to be the best at what you do…but unless you ARE the BEST at what you do, you are replaceable. Very few people can be the […]

Learning from those who ‘did’

Last night, I watched Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations show on the Travel Channel. I’m a fan of Mr. Bourdain’s…I read (actually listened) to Kitchen Confidential (amazon affiliate link) and really enjoyed it. I’ve watched many of the No Reservations episodes and have always come away from each show with some new-found piece of of knowledge and/or appreciation about […]

Finding the Agenda

Everyone has an agenda. I”m not talking about a meeting agenda…I’m talking about the personal agenda that everyone has built their lives around. This agenda is the driving force for everything a person does. Its the motivation behind most decisions a person makes throughout their personal and professional life. This personal agenda can be either […]

A look into RIM’s Culture?

I ran across a great post this morning over on Boy Genius Report titled Open letter to BlackBerry bosses: Senior RIM exec tells all as company crumbles around him.  Its a long letter but very very insightful. First off there are a lot of lessons to learn from that letter.  A couple of key sentences: You have many […]

Splitting IT – Operations and Innovation

I don’t think there’s anyone out there who would argue that the world of IT has become a complex one. The systems are complex. The processes are complex. The people are complex. And…the business is complex….and its getting complexier (I just made that word up!) Its tough enough for most IT organizations to keep the […]

Not What, but How – Connecting IT and the Business

This post sponsored by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP. Bill Laberis had an interesting article on the Enterprise CIO Forum in late April titled Connecting IT and the business. In the article, Bill points to the latest State of the CIO survey and that survey’s two top priorities for CIO’s in the next […]

To manage it, measure it…but don’t destroy it in the process

I’m a big believer in the mindset that you’ve got to measure it to manage it. If you can’t measure something, its very difficult to manage that ‘something’.  If you want your websites to load faster, you need to know what ‘fast’ means and have something to compare past, present and future measurements too. You […]

The Strategy Disconnect

Strategy…its a word that conjurs up a lot of images…some good and some bad. There are a lot of people writing and talking about strategy. There are tons of books. Lots of consultants and lots of material on the subject. There are many many millions of dollars spent each year on ‘strategy’. There are courses […]

The Asshole CIO

This is based on a true story…its long but worth it…I hope. As long as Little Johnny could remember, he wanted to be ‘the boss’. He came from a long line of bosses.  His Dad was an important boss.  His grandfather was too.  In fact, his grandfather was fairly well known in some circles as […]

Guest Post: Personality Assessments by Jurgen Appelo

This article is an adaptation from a text out of the book “Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders,” by Jurgen Appelo. The book will be published by Addison-Wesley, in Mike Cohn’s Signature Series, and will be available in book stores near the end of 2010. As a manager you need diversity in your […]