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Regulation 2.0 – hopefully NOT Regulation 1.0 (squared) 2 of 2

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 31, 2009  |  Comments Off

NOTE: this post is a continuation of a prior discussion on Regulation 1.0. Regulation 2.0 will be shaped as a direct response to the shortcomings of existing regulatory regimes, the potential of emerging technologies and the desire to incorporate state and non-state actors into regulatory regimes. Regulation 1.0 is based on prohibitions defining the wrong [...]

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A blow for innovation advocates?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 30, 2009  |  3 Comments

Proctor and Gamble and their Connect + Develop process for innovation is a leading example in the potential of innovation to restore growth and profitability.  Yesterday I was reading The Design of Business by Roger Martin that dedicates a whole chapter on P&G and its innovation process. Latter that day I read an article in [...]

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Regulation 2.0 – hopefully NOT Regulation 1.0 (squared) 1 of 2

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 29, 2009  |  2 Comments

Regardless of your political philosophy, the role of government in today’s economy is a reality in most if not all countries.  The challenge for elected and government officials, in my opinion, is not the need for regulatory change, but how will they use technology  tools to create proactive rather than reactive policies and legislation. Regulation [...]

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Put tactical demands on IT in a job jar

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 28, 2009  |  4 Comments

Prioritizing and managing the demands on IT resources is complex and fraught with risk. IT executives balance across multiple factors making IT planning complex and time consuming. The plan, also known as demand management seeks to address the imbalance between fixed IT resources and an apparent infinite demand for IT solutions. Business executives can find [...]

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Blog entries related to three CIO questions about today, tomorrow and the future.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 26, 2009  |  Comments Off

I have had the priviledge to talk with you all through this blog for almost a year and more than 160 posts.  That is a lot of dialogue and I thank you for it.   Anything of that size contains good things and other things that perhaps are best unread.  This post highlights entries related to [...]

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The rules for IT are changing and for good reasons

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 21, 2009  |  9 Comments

This post is coming from Gartner’s Annual Fall Symposium in Orlando where more than 1,500 CIOs and another 5,000 other IT executives are gathering to discuss what is going in IT.  I had the privilege to talk with them in a session focusing on the 2010 agenda for CIOs.  Here are a few thoughts. It [...]

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How CIOs can sense if their companies are getting ready to fall?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 19, 2009  |  1 Comment

Jim Collins has researched and written extensively about the characteristics of successful companies.  Recently he has published a short book, “How the Mighty Fall,” describing the characteristics of companies that fail. Collins defines five stages of decline prior to the company’s failure.  Thinking about these characteristics it should be possible to provide insight into changes [...]

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Design thinking makes innovation accessible and applicable: Book Review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 16, 2009  |  1 Comment

When you think of a book about design, you tend to think that it is more about art and form rather than function and process.  This book presents a new way of management thinking and problem solving centered on human interaction, innovation, information and insight.  Change by Design by Tim Brown the CEO of IDEO [...]

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Defects: muda in IT matters

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 15, 2009  |  4 Comments

Defects are the last of the seven sources of waste aka Muda in lean thinking.  Defects in manufacturing are errors, damage, mistakes and other situations that do not confirm to standards and processes.  Defects and defect elimination is the focus of a range of improvement methodologies and tools from traditional Total Quality Management (TQM) to [...]

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Unnecessary or Excess Motion aka habitual heroism: Muda in IT matters

by Mark P. McDonald  |  October 14, 2009  |  2 Comments

There are seven sources of waste or muda in lean thinking. One of these sources of waste is unnecessary or excess motion.  In manufacturing, workers having to engage in overly strenuous or damaging movements create waste. In IT there are few overly strenuous motions – even in extreme programming.  Think about Unnecessary/Excess Motion as the [...]

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