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NotesOn: IT Management – Strategic vs. Tactical Roles

This post is the result of a fascinating discussion with an IT Executive on the subject of Strategic versus Tactical responsibilities for different roles. While the subject center is IT, the ratios described herein apply to any type of company that I can think of. The “who does which” ratio, who is strategic versus who is tactical, isn’t at all one way or the other, i.e. execs are not just Strategic and technical folks are not just Tactical. … Click on Title for more [...]

NotesOn: Project Management – IT Testing 101

The opportunity is just too good to pass up. Absolutely classic. Setting all political discussions aside, after three and a half years and tens to hundreds of millions of dollars (depending on to whom you listen) invested, the release of the “Obamacare” website was an unmitigated disaster. There couldn’t be a better poster child example of how not to run a project, of any magnitude. But. … Click on the title to continue [...]

NotesOn: IT Fundamentals — Project Management 101

This is a very simple and straightforward post. It has to do with lessons learned … and learned … and learned … and … Apparently some management type folks have to learn “things” the hard way. Or. Never thought there was anything regarding Project Management to be learned. Except. Of course. Nothing could be further from the truth. For those who don’t know it, here is Lesson 1 from Project Management 101. … Click on the title to continue [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity – More

The subject of differences between Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity came up again. During the discussion another idea came to me on how to graphically represent the two concepts, one that looks at the matter from another facet of the same jewel, … Click on the title to read more [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Disaster Recovery Maturity Model

Being able to gauge where one is at in regards to Disaster Recovery is an important part of Risk Management in particular and company management in general. The question is “Where do we stand?”, or, “How do we stack up against where we should be?”, or “How mature is our DR effort?”. … Click on the title to read more [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Cumulative Recovery Time Objective

A good friend and I were discussing Recovery Time Objective (RTO). During the conversation an heretofore “too obvious to mention” concept related to RTO crystallized into absolute clarity. There is a flaw in the basic definition of RTO, an assumption that is built into it that can have serious negative effects on a business during and post a disaster event. … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Definitions

As promised, this is the next post in the series to address Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity. Its purpose is to define the key terminology used in the business of “DR and BC” so we are all on the same page. Why? Well, Socrates allegedly said “If you would speak with me you must define your terms”. Others have attributed this to Voltaire. But. Whomever first said it, they were absolutely, critically correct. To know anything at all about DR and BC you must first know and fully comprehend these terms as an absolute bare minimum. … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Essentials

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity are becoming hot topics (again) so I thought I would refocus my efforts and leave other elements of IT Fundamentals for another day. It so happens that I have quite a few subject notes in draft mode, accumulated over the years, so I thought I would start with a basic, essential, outline of the subject. … Click on title to read more [...]

NotesOn: Risk Management – Disaster Recovery versus Business Continuity

During a recent discussion the question came up: “What is the difference between Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Planning?” A number of the folks I was speaking to had the idea that the two subjects were pretty much one and the same. But. Of course. They are not. Let’s find out why not. … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: IT HR – Part III – IT Organization Models

The structure of an IT organization is absolutely fundamental to the success of that organization. Good or bad, it provides the foundation for and sets the tone and tenor for all else IT that follows. Being traditionally under IT HR’s purview, CIO’s / CTO’s often spend a good deal of time with them as regards the best layout of their IT team. However. Based on direct experience and years of observation it is clear that the concept behind the business version of KISKIF is unknown, for too many IT organizational charts leave “something” to be desired. … Click on the title to read more. [...]