Mike Rollings

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Entries Tagged as 'IT Delivery'

Why projects fail? Hint – It’s not technical skills.

by Mike Rollings  |  March 28, 2013  |  Comments Off

A large area of concern for many Gartner clients is “How do I get a large organization to do new things, to collaborate effectively, and to improve overall delivery effectiveness?” This area is a huge focus for our Professional Effectiveness research – it not only applies to architects, but also to our entire constituency of […]

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Career Survival Skills for Gearheads

by Mike Rollings  |  July 19, 2012  |  1 Comment

The Gartner for Technical Professionals (GTP) research team is fond of gearheads. You know, the technical professionals who get things done within organizations, the ones who find the answers. For the past 5 years the Professional Effectiveness team has been doing gearheads workshops at our Catalyst conference to help technical professionals in different aspects of […]

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Taylorism – A Pox upon Agile

by Mike Rollings  |  April 11, 2011  |  Comments Off

This past Thursday my colleague Kirk Knoernschild pointed out a blog post by Alistair Cockburn about Taylorism creeping into the world of agile. Alistair’s post ignited a discussion within Gartner’s IT1 team reflecting on how it applied to our own agile work practices. What follows are some of my insights about the dangers of Tayloristic […]

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The burden we create by what we value

by Mike Rollings  |  December 10, 2010  |  1 Comment

The notion of value is ambiguous and abstract.  An object or an act is not intrinsically valuable.  We define what is valuable.  We have a choice. Some cultures decided that stones would be used to reflect something of value that can be exchanged — their currency.  Eventually, the stones were so large that they could […]

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IT Value and Delusions of Effectiveness

by Mike Rollings  |  November 15, 2010  |  1 Comment

Too many times I speak with people in organizations who proudly state that they know and achieve their priorities.  What once was a hidden list of projects is now given visibility.  They consolidate their project list , they sort on value of each business division, and manage resources (e.g. funding, people) more effectively than before. […]

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Demonstrating EA and IT Value is not Theoretical

by Mike Rollings  |  October 29, 2010  |  5 Comments

Recently, Twitter #entarch has erupted in the recurring discussion about the value of enterprise architecture. I say ‘recurring’ because illustrating value is a constant challenge for IT and especially for EA practitioners.  This particular Twitter value discussion falls mainly into two piles: Value theory Value realities Value theorists describe how value “should” work in an […]


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Is an Enterprise Architect the Medieval Barber?

by Mike Rollings  |  September 15, 2010  |  2 Comments

My father was a barber but he was a specialist focused on grooming.  Back in medieval days you could go to a barber for just about anything.  You could receive a haircut, a shave, a blood letting, a tooth extraction, surgery… the barber could do it all. I’m sure there was confusion about the various […]


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Altered States: When IT Cannot Deliver

by Mike Rollings  |  July 14, 2010  |  Comments Off

What alternative causes and actions should an organization consider when business demand has exceeded IT’s capability to deliver? The first reaction that many organizations have to “IT cannot deliver” is to think about it as a production problem.  Businesspeople react by engaging outside resources and the IT organization reacts by squeezing out more staff productivity.  […]

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