CIO shares Gartner VP Ken McGee's 16 long-held business practices that need to be discontinued:
The short list of targeted items includes:
1. Stop recommending mega projects
2. Eliminate differences between CIO/CEO projects
3. Terminate projects that do not improve the income statement
4. Abandon CIO priorities that don't support CEO priorities
5. Stop recommending mega projects
6. Terminate existing apps that do not yield measurable business value
7. End the practice of putting the enterprise IT spending within the CIO budget
8. Abolish environment of little or no IT spending accountability
9. Eliminate IT caused business model disruption surprises
10. Kill cloud-a-phobia
11. Abandon level 1,2,3 tech support
12. Kill chargeback systems
13. Stop issuing competitive bids
14. Stop holding onto unfunded projects. Stop IT hoarders
15. End discrimination against behavioral skills around social sciences
16. End unbalanced support between back and front office
The Role of CIO and CTO
Excerpt from Andy Gravvet's 08-Sept article on GovLoop
Chief Information Officer's Role
The primary role of the CIO is to provide policy direction, maintain the IT infrastructure of the organization, ensure proper security measures are followed, and to evaluate and control capital expenditures to facilitate the portfolio management of the organization. The graphic below illustrates a more detailed list of the functions of the CIO. Clinger-Cohen defines the general responsibilities as follows:
"(1) providing advice and other assistance to the head of the executive agency and other senior management personnel of the executive agency to ensure that information technology is acquired and information resources are managed for the executive agency in a manner that implements the policies and procedures of this division, consistent with chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code, and the priorities established by the head of the executive agency;
(2) developing, maintaining, and facilitating the implementation of a sound and integrated information technology architecture for the executive agency; and
(3) promoting the effective and efficient design and operation of all major information resources management processes for the executive agency, including improvements to work processes of the executive agency."
Chief Technology Officer's Role
The CTO's responsibility is to provide overall awareness of technologies that can be used to advance the mission of the organization. This role is illustrated in the graphic below and the primary functions of the CTO are described below:
Russell Working over @ Ragan.com shares his techniques before responding to those snarky emails.
Instead of a scorched earth policy, try these tips to avoid a "reply-all firefight":
Conventional wisdom holds "do not argue with an idiot, people watching [reading] may not be able to tell the difference." Sound advice for limiting a CLM (career limiting move) via email.
Have a great day
Behavioral Interviewing STAR Method
The MIT Career Development Center shares the STAR method of interviewing. Behavioral interviews are replacing the general "tell me about yourself" approach. Behavioral interviews help interviewers assess the candidates responses given a specific situation.