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André was a member of the Xuviate team until June 2019. He has more than 20 years of experience in Information Technology with a primary focus on designing and developing software solutions on all application tiers. Also, he has a solid theoretical background in curriculum studies and a thinker on the topic of new education.

Nov 28

62. Let’s Chat About PopcornFlow Stealth: How to Fight Organisational Inertia From the Shadows

By Andre Badenhorst |

62. Let's Chat About PopcornFlow Stealth: How to Fight Organisational Inertia From the Shadows

Starring: Claudio Perrone (Founder of Agile Sensei Consulting)
Episode Type: 
Let's Chat About...

Abstract:
We want to be faster. We need to learn faster. Tools and technology can help, but only to a point. We know it’s a battle of mindsets. But most of us are so busy firefighting, that it’s hard to see how we can grow and leverage the human potential of the people we lead and serve. Companies who try some of those big, planned, top-down, and loud transformation initiatives, quickly discover how organisational inertia can violently fight back. Most “successful” examples took years of blood and sweat. Plus, they usually required sustained sponsorship... which you may not have. Let’s face it: Nobody likes to be a change recipient. We want to be players, not pawns.

In this session Claudio will introduce us to his favourite stealth tactic to quietly hack into the prevailing culture and terraform organisations. Do you want to bring “light” to your team/organisation? Start from the shadows!

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Nov 28

61. Running IT as a Business

By Andre Badenhorst |

61. Running IT as a Business

Starring: John Fisher (CIO and Business Executive, Rethinking IT)
Episode Type: 
Expert Webinar

Abstract:
In John's words:

"I have often heard IT leaders comment on how they know the business better than anyone in the organization because they have a cross-departmental perspective.  While I agree that IT has a unique perspective, I contend that IT does not really have a good understanding of what it is like to actually run the business.  IT often does not have P&L responsibility and does not have to meet quarterly revenue targets, but your business partners do and that’s what separates knowing about the business from running the business.

So, what does it really mean to Run IT as a Business?  It is something that many CIO’s have thought about and it is a whole new way to look at the IT function.  In most cases, IT operates as a cost center or a shared service, not as a profit center.  Running IT as a business is not really about IT being a profit center; it is about IT running as if it was a business.  IT departments have customers like any business, but do you have a marketing plan, do you have a product development organization, how aligned are you with the business you serve?"

During this session we did explore the topic of running IT as a business and running IT as part of the greater business outcome of the entire organisation. But we quickly also realised that this very much starts with the mindset of the IT Leader. "Keeping the lights on" is seen as "table stakes" and the real value can only be unlocked if the IT Leader stops seeing themselves as a technical person and starts thinking, talking and acting like a leader and business manager who also knows technology.

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Nov 28

60. The Impact of Adding Business Analysts to the IT Team

By Andre Badenhorst |

60. The Impact of Adding Business Analysts to the IT Team

Starring: Hendré Claassen (Information Systems Manager, Fruitways)
Episode Type: 
Case study

Abstract:
In this Episode, Hendré gives some background as to what triggered Fruitways to add Business Analysts – first to the IT team and later into the different business units. He does touch on the prerequisites and gives recommendations on how to start and evolve this service to the business by interrogating his own journey. Mathias and Hendré furthermore discuss what the role of a Business Analyst comprises of and how the ideal candidate for this role looks like. They also touch on how to select the tools for the service, with the specific eye on the constraints of any midmarket company.

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Nov 28

59. 5 Years from Chaos to Control

By Andre Badenhorst |

59. 5 Years from Chaos to Control

Starring: Richard Doucet (IT Manager, Armour Transportation Systems)
Episode Type: 
Case study

Abstract:
In this Episode Richard Doucet and I talked about the five years he is now at Armour Transport. When he arrived, he found a team in disarray and without much pride in their work.

Throughout our discussion he shared quite a few nuggets about some key initiatives and milestones that helped him to build a well-performing IT department, a team that understands that their eventual purpose is to keep the trucks moving.

It was not always plain sailing, but one can hear the pride when he shares how business leaders are these days praising the work and attitude of the team. See for yourself. I am sure you will find the one or other tip that could also assist you and your team.

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Nov 28

58. From Technician to IT Infrastructure Manager and Beyond…

By Andre Badenhorst |

58. From Technician to IT Infrastructure Manager and Beyond…

Starring: Emile van den Berg (Head of IT Operational Services at GWK Ltd)
Episode Type: 
Case study

Abstract:
Being more than 15 years in the IT industry, Emile has been around the block several times.

In this session he is sharing some of his background and we discussed the differences between having been at several ICT service providers and now being part of an internal IT team, between having worked for corporates vs now in a mid-market organisation and between having spent most of his time in and around cities to now work in a rural setting. 

We also delved a bit into his own focus change from being a technician to now leading a team and how he had and constantly has to change his mindset.

And lastly we touched a bit on the future and how the three GWK IT leaders are approaching the next steps for IT to enable the business to thrive.

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Nov 28

57. Taming Your Inbox: Let it Flow the Kanban Way

By Andre Badenhorst |

57. Taming Your Inbox: Let it Flow the Kanban Way (Featuring the Team behind Flow-e)

Episode Type: Panel

Abstract:
“I am too busy to clean up my inbox and reach the inbox-zero state.” But being busy is what drives us to success, right? And, of course, it is naïve to think that the amount emails we receive every day will drop in number. To resolve the email problem of the busy professional, we need to apply a different approach to the way we visualize our inbox.

In this webinar, the core team behind Flow-e - Mila, Dani and Deni - will show you how to apply the right email principles and methods to create and preserve a continuous flow toward a clean email inbox:

  1. Why the need for the new approach of reading, visualizing and digesting emails?
  2. The primary productivity methods behind Flow-e – Personal Kanban, GTD, and Inbox Zero.
  3. Why you need to destroy procrastination and multitasking, before they destroy your productivity.
  4. How to apply and adjust Flow-e’s core principles to your own workflow: Practical Examples

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Mila Chervenkova
Growth and Marketing, Flow-e

Dani Dekova
Technical Lead,
Flow-e

Deni Gencheva
Web Developer,
 Flow-e

May 29

55. Let’s Chat About the Evolution of Information Management – with Paul Galland

By Andre Badenhorst |

55. Let's Chat About the Evolution of Information Management - with Paul Galland

Starring: Paul Galland (Director and Value Creator, Flipside Enterprise Services)
Episode Type: Mastermind

Abstract:
Have a look what other IT leaders asked Paul about this topic. Do these insights also apply to you? Is here maybe an answer to a question you always wanted to ask, but did not yet have the chance to?

  • Should we keep all data and for how long?
  • Does the cloud vs on-site discussion influence your data strategy?
  • How does compliance, legal and security play into these decisions?
  • How should you approach Master Data Management?
  • Is data analysis in all its forms really the panacea it is touted to be?
  • Are AI and machine learning going to materially change the playing field?
  • And why is the human component still so important?

This session gave a glimpse of the power of a Mastermind Group by not only "Asking The Expert", but also engaging with other IT Leaders during this multi-party video session.

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May 29

54. Let’s Chat About GDPR – with Jochen Köcher

By Andre Badenhorst |

54. Let's Chat About GDPR - with Jochen Köcher

Starring: Jochen Köcher (Senior Manager: Forensics, Deloitte)
Episode Type: 
Mastermind

Abstract:
Have a look what other IT leaders asked Jochen about this topic. Do these insights also apply to you? Is here maybe an answer to a question you always wanted to ask, but did not yet have the chance to?

The discussion focused more on the basics of GDPR and what IT's role in the entire discussion/implementation is.

This session gave a glimpse of the power of a Mastermind Group by not only "Asking The Expert", but also engaging with other IT Leaders during this multi-party video session.

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May 28

53. Let’s Chat About The Modern IT Organisation – with Mike Sisco

By Andre Badenhorst |

53. Let's Chat About The Modern IT Organisation - with Mike Sisco

Starring: Mike Sisco (Founder & CEO of MDE Enterprises, Inc.)
Episode Type: 
Mastermind

Abstract:
Have a look what other IT leaders asked Mike about this topic. Do these insights also apply to you? Is here maybe an answer to a question you always wanted to ask, but did not yet have the chance to?

  • How can IT break out of the purely technical narrative?
  • What is the role of the IT Leader in strategic business discussions?
  • Who are the people in the C-Suite that the IT Leader should partner with and whom should IT report to?
  • Is communication really that important? And if yes, what type of communication?

This session gave a glimpse of the power of a Mastermind Group by not only "Asking The Expert", but also engaging with other IT Leaders during this multi-party video session.

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May 28

52. Let’s Chat About Personal Development – with Bettina Horvath

By Andre Badenhorst |

52. Let's Chat About Personal Development - with Bettina Horvath

Starring: Bettina Horvath (Trainer/Consultant at Protea Training)
Episode Type: 
Mastermind

Abstract:
Have a look what other IT leaders asked Bettina about this topic. Do these insights also apply to you? Is here maybe an answer to a question you always wanted to ask, but did not yet have the chance to?

  • Why is personal development important?
  • What makes you tick? Who do you want to be in future? What kind of person is this? And what do you need to do to become this person?
  • How can we "future proof" ourselves and our career in the light of the looming technological upheaval?
  • How do you approach this and what are the options?
  • What is "applied improv" and how can it help with personal and team development?

This session gave a great glimpse of the power of a Mastermind Group by not only "Asking The Expert", but also engaging with other IT Leaders during this multi-party video session.

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