IT Alignment & Performance – Free Resources & Tools

Learn how to make IT work through IT alignment. Browse our articles on IT-business alignment, IT talent management, and project management.

IT Alignment

  • Building Successful Alliances Across Divisions – Technology executives live in a world of change where the only constants seem to be the need to boost performance, increase productivity and collaborate with others. Here are some tips on how to build effective alliances across divisions. Published on
  • Managing Competing IT Priorities – The pressure to perform, along with the competing demands from customers, creates a stressful and confused environment. Here are four of the most effective actions you can take to manage your organization’s priorities. Published on
  • Return on Investment: Why Talking about Values Makes Sense  – The story is familiar to anyone in technology: IT and business leaders clashing over how a project should progress. It happens all the time and causes project delays, overruns, conflict, and ill will. Sometimes these conflicts are due to miscommunication. Often, though, these conflicts stem from a deeper difference: that of values. Learn how simple conversations about values can result in huge returns for project performance and success. Partnering Resources White Paper.

IT Talent Management

  • How to Apply the Principles of Network Management to Talent Management – Talent management shares many similarities with IT network management. Maya Townsend and Bob Akerley explain what IT networks can teach CIOs about talent, and how IT leaders can optimize the essential human networks inside their organizations. Published on
  • Handling Tech Leaders with People Problems – There are solutions to the challenge of handling the technical leaders who never will be great at managing people. You’ll find some ideas here. Blog post on Future of Work Enabled. 
  • I Can’t Fill This Job – For CIOs struggling to fill IT jobs, the right candidate may be right under their noses among the existing IT staffers. Blog post on Future of Work Enabled.

Project Management

  • An Open Letter to Project Managers, the New Rock Stars – It’s time for project managers to stop thinking they can do it all themselves. In the process, they can become rock stars. A love letter with advice for Project Managers. Blog post on Future of Work Enabled.
  • Industry Exploration: What It’s Like To PM – Crossing industries can be daunting. The hope is that the learning curve will be small and new hires will quickly become a valued member of staff. The worst case scenario: the milieu will be so different that the new hire never learns enough to contribute and, after struggling, leaves to find a new job.Maya recently facilitated a seminar that helped project managers (and PM hopefuls) understand how project management operates in different industries. Participants had the opportunity to interact with subject matter experts, ask questions about what it’s really like to work in specific industries, and network with peers. Presented to the Project Management Institute Central Massachusetts Chapter.
  • The Missing Link: Leveraging Informal Networks to Improve Project Success Rates – The statistics about project success are daunting: too many fail to finish on time, within budget, and according to scope. Only 5% of change initiatives are completed on time and with minimal disruption to the organization, according to Gartner. Clearly, traditional tools are not enough.Every organization has hidden networks of relationships that employees use in order to get work done, make decisions, and solve problems. These networks have been largely ignored, but hold the keys to improving performance and accelerating change. In this presentation, PMI Mass Bay Chapter members learned how PMs can use hidden networks to improve project performance. Presented to the PMI Mass Bay Chapter. 

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