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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: The Three Sins Of Software Development

I recently received a software upgrade to a utility used widely by both IT and non-IT users alike to help maintain and protect their systems. I am planning on rolling it back to the prior version. Why? Because while the company invested a great deal of time and money in their new product … they violated all three primary sins of software development in the process, making it nearly unusable. [Originally published 01/18/2011. Republished to replace lost posting.] … 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. [...]

NotesOn: IT Fundamentals – Simple Defined More

After posting “NotesOn: IT Fundamentals – Simple Defined”, a discussion and debate began on Herding Cats (the site referenced in my post). The result of that series of comments is quite educational and furthers the searching look into the definition of “Simple”. … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: IT Fundamentals – Simple Defined

In various articles for this website I have used, and will continue to use, the word “simple”. But using it without clarifying what it defines is a fundamental error, as “simple” must be understood within the context of its subject. It must be appreciated and accepted (or not) within the framework of a discussion area. … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: IT HR – Part II – Characteristics of IT Newbies

IT, more than any other industry I know of, has and requires people with a certain amount of “attitude”. Attitude, a certain status as a “prima donna”, can be a good thing. As long as it is managed and focused. Allowed to “run amuck”, however, and there can be problems. … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: First-Aid Kit for IT Management Plans

In “NotesOn: A Quick-Fix IT Repair Plan” I mentioned that there are only three steps necessary to begin to get an IT group’s house in order: 1. Stabilize, 2. Simplify, 3. Standardize. To do these steps you need to generate a plan or plans. But. What happens when a plan goes awry? … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: An IT Executive’s Checklist And Survey – Part II

This is Part II of my IT Executive checklist, or survey list. It is focused on a continuation of the Software Environments and Tools used, and then with Security and IT Controls. Over the years I’ve worked in quite a few different IT groups, large and small. From experience I’ve learned that there are “things” I need to know almost as soon as I walk into an IT Group. This is a living “work in progress” document that is the result of my “need to know”. It will be upgraded and refined from time to time as conditions and “states of IT” change. … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: An IT Executive’s Survey And Checklist – Part I

This is Part I of my IT Executive checklist, or survey list. It is focused on the first Overview of the company and its IT organization, its Infrastructure and its Software Environments and tools. Over the years I’ve worked in quite a few different IT groups, large and small. From experience I’ve learned that there are “things” I need to know almost as soon as I walk into an IT Group. This is a living “work in progress” document that is the result of my “need to know”. It will be upgraded and refined from time to time as conditions and “states of IT” change. … Click on the title to read more. [...]

NotesOn: A Quick-Fix IT Repair Plan

To do a “quick fix” repair of an IT group there are only three steps that are necessary for you to execute. The key, the motto, and the guiding principle behind these steps is “don’t over complicate them”. Completing these action items (they are not thinking items) will not only make you and your IT group’s life easier but it will have the added benefit of helping to recession proof your organization. … Click on the title to read more. [...]