Why is it that within the Information Technology industry, people generally complain about a dearth of management and leadership skills? What is the difference between management and leadership? And is there anything we can do as an industry to grow these qualities in our IT practitioners?
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It's hard to keep pace these days and the pace is getting faster:
- "My business is having problems: Should I invest in more technology? Or do I need to look at my business practices and processes first?"
- "How can I manage my knowledge base to grow my organization?"
- "Where can I get the advice and expertise I need?"
Sometimes a fresh set of eyes and a new perspective can give you a running start--and get you back into the fast lane so you can avoid the speed bumps and potholes and get on with a smooth path to doing what you do best.
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Recent News and Blog Entries
A sub-discipline of IT called "Enterprise Architecture" (EA) exists to ensure that IT strategy is aligned with that of the business it serves. It sounds simple enough, doesn't it? Get the business to share its strategy with you, and you can make sure that you have the necessary IT infrastructure, chose the appropriate applications and engineer the best environment to support this strategy. There are a number of challenges to consider before most EA engagements can even get off the ground.
Yesterday, I got a "cease and desist letter" in an email from a lawyer:
"By way of follow-up, please be advised that it is not acceptable under any circumstances for an agreement or document to be executed by the [organization] (or accepted by the [organization]) through an email acknowledgment exchange.
I trust this practice will cease immediately."
Yes, the irony of a lawyer sending me an email to tell me to stop using emails was not lost on me.
But it got me thinking, "What is the legal standing of an email sign-off?" After all, we use email to convey agreement or disagreement all the time. As a project manager, my client is not always physically available and if I send them an RFP response, a project management plan or a change request, do I really need to go through the trouble of printing it out, sending it to them by courier and then wait up to a week to receive it back again?
"Great leaders make the minimum number of decisions that...they have to.... If the vested interests of the organization is not at stake, don't make the decision; let someone else make the decision.... Leaders [should] try to limit the number of decisions that they are making to critical or strategic decisions and not believe that you have to make them all because you're the leader....
Do you know what people say about you on the Internet? Search Engines are pervasive but not particularly discerning about protecting a reputation. They catalog everything they find. If you have a name like "Daryle Niedermayer", you can be pretty confident that you're the only one in the world--anyone looking for you on Google will find you and only you!