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Herding the Smart Cats: Successful IT Change Leadership

Herding the Smart Cats: IT Change Leadership

Herding the Smart Cats: IT Change Leadership

Technologists are notorious for having independent thoughts and ideas. Sometimes this is a help to organizations, such as they’re innovating a new process or technology. Other times, this is a challenge, like when trying to change behavior. Now imagine that those desired behaviors are perceived as limiting freedom and independence on projects. Change could be hard.

One organization, a former client, succeeded in herding a group of smart cats—technologists—to implement software engineering best practices by adopting the Capability Maturity Model (CMM). For those of you who live outside IT Land, CMM is a proven approach to process improvement implemented by many companies throughout the world.

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Blogging for IT Leadership: Future of Work Enabled

Future of Work Enabled

Workforce planning, tech leaders with poor people skills, and critical job vacancies are three topics I’ve recently covered for a new blog called the Future of Work Enabled. The blog explores issues of IT leadership in the networked, hyper-connected enterprise.

Here’s the description of the blog:

New forces are changing the way corporations are organized, how they get work done in the most efficient ways to meet their goals, and how employees approach their workdays. Information technology that makes all of these changes possible – but only when the IT group and its partners in the business community select the right opportunities, the right technologies, and the right strategies to enable this new way of getting work done.

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“Becoming a Change Leader (Yes, You!)” at PMI Mass Bay’s Professional Development Day

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PMs are on the front lines of organization change. Yet the statistics on change are dismal. McKinsey Quarterly reported that only 38% of leaders believed their recent transformation effort was better than somewhat successful. And the project success rates (coming in on time, within budget, and to scope) are lower than anyone would like. Clearly, there’s room for improvement. In this engaging, participatory session, participants learn what it takes to become successful change leaders. Specifically, we will discuss:

  • The one method that makes a change initiative 10 times more likely to succeed.
  • The six ways of creating change in organizations.
  • How PMs can use the six way to help provide effective change leadership.
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