A prior post introduced the idea that we need to ask the right questions about IT before we can consider how to lead and change IT. This is the first in a series of questions posted each Friday in December. Here is the list of questions:
- December 7th: Is the IT organization, as we currently know it, worth saving? (This week’s question)
- December 14Th: What are the reasons we need IT in the future?
- December 21st: What are the issues that need to be addressed in creating the future?
- December 28th: Where do we, as technology professionals, need to go to realize our future?
The first question goes deep. It is intended start a discussion about the question before we start to derive an answer. This is not a reprise of the question – does IT matter? A question that opened the floor to describe IT’s strategic relevance. No I would rather push the envelope a bit harder and ask:
Is the IT organization, as we know it, worth saving?
I am not sure it is.
Not sure in the sense that what we have now as IT, which has worked for more than 30 years, is what we need to have in the future. IT was founded on the premise that it created value through technology implementation and operation. IT was a specialization, a function, a team set apart. I am not sure that is the right foundation going forward – it’s a question.
Considering today as if it is your first day on the job
It is easy to say that IT needs a re-boot, update or revised reason for being that updates IT roles, responsibilities, metrics, et al.; what if we were to agree that its time to walk out on what we know as IT and start fresh.
Ok so print out this post, or load it onto your tablet, grab your jacket and walk out of your building. I mean it get outside your building. I will wait a few minutes …
… A few minutes latter.
There you are out on the sidewalk or in your company’s parking lot. You are on the outside. I hope it is not raining or too cold.
Now give yourself a choice, do I walk back in or continue outside and head home?
If you decide to walk back in, then walk back in then consider it your first day on the job.
Imagine that you are brand new to the company and you have the ability-responsibility to change everything. Everything
So we are back to our original question – is IT, as it currently exists, worth saving?
What do you see and think as you go into the building for the first day of the rest of your career? Not what you would do, but what do you think before your act.