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Blaming sales or has sales technology outpaced sales management?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 22, 2013  |  2 Comments

There is much to talk about in last week’s news of the Free Fall in PC sales, IBM’s results and potential sale of its server business.  Coupled with prior misses at Oracle, Dell’s dilemma and HP, it is easy to describe these events as evidence of a fundamental and tectonic shift in technology. (Link to […]


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Enterprise architects, creationism and absolutism

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 19, 2012  |  15 Comments

This blog post is going to get me into  trouble, but I think that the issue is worth discussing, so I wince as I hit the publish button, but here goes. Recently I had the opportunity to listen to an Enterprise Architect describe enterprise architecture, its importance and role in an organization.  It was an […]


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Signs of weak analysis and advice

by Mark P. McDonald  |  March 3, 2012  |  Comments Off

If information is power, then information is more equal than others. It can be difficult to separate the strong from the weak, particularly in todays modern media world where everyone is an expert and every media outlook is looking for a talking head. What follows are some examples of concepts, responses and way of thinking […]

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Is the quality of executive sponsorship falling?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  February 6, 2012  |  2 Comments

Every business book you read says that you need to have ‘executive sponsorship’ for any major initiative.  Fail to involve the executives and you are likely to fail.  That advice has become so prevalent that it is almost worthless.  Getting executive sponsorship is not what matters; it’s the quality of the sponsorship that makes all […]


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Hiding reality from your CEO — a sign of weak management

by Mark P. McDonald  |  December 5, 2011  |  Comments Off

I was at a large conference recently and I noticed a very helpful ad hoc tool a team had developed.  The tool was a list of people and rooms taped to a wall so people could see where their peers were without having to stand in line and ask a coordinator to direct them.  Now […]

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Are you leaving your project managers stranded on an island?

by Mark P. McDonald  |  November 16, 2011  |  Comments Off

Project management performance and capability is a perennial issue among IT leaders.  Project management is critical to the success of IT and the organization.   Given the dismal rate of project success, one can call the competence of project managers into question. Just about every, conversation I have about project management centers on what is wrong […]

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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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Drive out FEAR, UNCERTAINTY AND DOUBT from the root.

by Mark P. McDonald  |  July 22, 2011  |  Comments Off

Technology is a complex and confusing industry and therefore subject to miss-information either by accident or by plan.  This post deals with the impact of that complexity and how it has led IT to be influenced by tactics based on creating fear, raising uncertainty and creating doubt in IT capabilities and capacities. A surprising amount […]

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Overcoming the achievement paradox

by Mark P. McDonald  |  May 9, 2011  |  1 Comment

Last week’s events and the general reaction to them reminded me that for every achievement there is a criticism of that achievement.  Reach a goal and rather than celebration or satisfaction there is criticism and analysis from just about everyone, even your friends.  You should have done it sooner, you should have done it this […]

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We have the same list, therefore we are aligned — NOT

by Mark P. McDonald  |  April 29, 2011  |  1 Comment

The prior post discussed a comparison between CEO and CIO priorities and the observation that the two are more aligned then many would want.   This post talks the limited value of a simplistic view of the CEO/CIO relationship and the nature of the alignment. Comparing priority lists is a popular way of assessing the relationship […]

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