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Archives for September, 2011


Escape Velocity by Geoffrey Moore – a book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 30, 2011  |  2 Comments

Escape Velocity by Geoffrey Moore addresses the fundamental issue of driving deep innovation and value realization in your company not by some new silver bullet but by the hard work required to free your company’s future from its past.  Moore’s central premise in this well written, actionable and highly recommended book, is that companies have […]

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Does your organization have a Technology Attention Deficit?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 28, 2011  |  3 Comments

Technology Attention Deficit  (TAD) refers to the degree to which your company chases new technologies and solutions only to move onto the next big thing. Using the description of an organization having an ‘attention deficit disorder’ means no offense to people who have ADD or ADHD which are serious a biological disorders that can significantly […]

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How you create causality with IT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 26, 2011  |  1 Comment

Organizations are complex making it difficult to assign specific actions to specific results. In an environment of ambiguity executives and managers fall back in financials and assigning credit to the people closest to observable success. They cannot go deeper because as soon as they move away from the immediate source it becomes difficult to separate […]

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The Lean Startup: a book review

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 23, 2011  |  Comments Off

A must read for anyone to looking to start something new either in a new company or within a company – Five Stars Every organization faces the need to create new solutions, processes, products and services better, faster and cheaper.  Often mislabeled as innovation what firms need is a better approach to ‘start up’ new […]

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What is the difference between a good CIO and a great CIO?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 22, 2011  |  1 Comment

This is a question that CIOs ask either formally in search of a performance yardstick or informally as they ponder their own career and success. I have written a few posts in the past about this issue and the other day I came across a quote that provides another dimension worth thinking about. “I knew […]

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Thinking Small means ‘dating’ the business

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 21, 2011  |  2 Comments

This post is the companion to others that describe what ‘Thinking small’ about IT means.  This post concentrates on a different way of thinking about how IT builds relationships within the enterprise, customers, suppliers etc.   It describes how leaders are evolving the ideas behind building relationships from ones based on specialist skills or restrictive processes […]

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Developers do not want a job, they want a role

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 19, 2011  |  Comments Off

Are young developers leaving your company?  You know the ones who you have hired in the last few years with skills in developing web services, web sites, mobile apps etc.  The ones who naturally work in an agile environment, have the energy, and want to innovate in your organization.  If you answer no, then great […]

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How the iPad’s parts can deliver more than a whole PC and why I cannot toss out my PC, just yet.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 17, 2011  |  2 Comments

I was working with a colleague this week and we were sitting across a conference room table. He had is MacAir out as we were working.  Me, I was working on my iPad 1.0, yes an iPad One, which is in a Gorilla mobile case from Joby and accompanied by an Apple wireless keyboard.  The […]

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Thinking Small — Thinking value

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 16, 2011  |  4 Comments

This post is the companion and conclusion to the issue of Thinking Small about IT cost and value.  In that post we discussed how thinking about IT as BIG, complex and important creates an environment where the only way to control IT is to control its costs.  Thinking small about IT opens the door to […]

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Re-Imagine IT, Lead from the Front: a preview on the CIO experience at Orlando Symposium

by Mark P. McDonald  |  September 15, 2011  |  Comments Off

It is time to re-imagine IT and lead from the front.  As the world continues to change, IT must find new answers to new questions concerning growth, cost efficiencies, innovation and productivity.  This post is a brief synopsis of the CIO experience at this year’s Symposium in Orlando. The theme of this year’s Gartner Symposium […]

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