Feb 14

SMEs Potentially Biggest Losers of Digital Disruption

By Mark Geschke | Digital Transformation , Strategic IT Leadership

My year started on an absolute high as I had the privilege of joining Peter Diamandis’ Abundance 360 Summit via video-streaming.

It was an absolutely mind-blowing experience and the best reminder of why every company should embark on a digital transformation or DX journey.

I got the inside track from some of the world’s leading authorities on the current state and future prospects of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, 3D Printing, Autonomous Vehicles, Sensor Networks and Virtual Reality to name a few.

But then I had to get back to earth and in my case this means working with SME IT leaders from around the world who participate in our Mastermind groups.

And while facilitating one of these sessions it finally hit me:

The risks and opportunities from digital disruption are not evenly distributed.

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Oct 28

Who Should Start the Digital Transformation? It Is Not Who You Think…

By Mark Geschke | Digital Transformation , Strategic IT Leadership

The term digital transformation is rapidly becoming the Y2K rallying call of our times.

Every business knows they need to do it, yet there is a lot of confusion about what it really is and how to best get started.

In Digital Transformation for Dummies I tried to answer these questions.

Now it is time for the equally important follow-up question of "Who should actually kick-start everything?”

The quick and obvious answer given by most is "the CEO, of course".

Our experiences, however, suggest that the answer is not so clear-cut for many organisations.

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Oct 21

4 Easy Steps to Project Coordination

By Andre Badenhorst | Operational IT Leadership , Tactical IT Leadership

Can you relate with these words: Overwhelmed, Time-constrained, Firefighting, Out of Control, Overworked, Exhausted, Frustrated, Alone, Intimidated?

Are you constantly confronted with limited resources, dragging projects, thrown into the deep end, being on the receiving end of decisions time and time again?

If so, we have quite something for you here. Much more than you would get out of an advanced course in project management. Much less intimidating with easy and practical quick wins that will certainly help you gain more control to get better throughput on important projects that are of real value to your business.

We'll start with the bigger picture and break it down into practical steps. The infographic that comes along with this article will show you where you are at this stage and what next steps you need to do.

We need to step out of firefighting (reactive mode) to focus on things that really matter, such as preparation, planning, prevention, relationship building and personal development (proactive mode).   
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Oct 16

7 Steps to Balance the Business Technology Project Portfolio

By Andre Badenhorst | Operational IT Leadership

There is growing unease amongst the team members. Some of them are not happy at all. The task at hand is becoming highly complex. There's disagreement and over time some projects never get the attention it deserves. Others are held back by resources not being used optimally.

This causes most IT Managers to feel that they have hit the limit with their project coordination attempts.

Our goal here is to continue building on concepts that will help you take your IT management capacity even to a higher level.

Whilst addressing this goal, we'll be introducing a methodology to show you how to balance capacity through effective resource management.

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Sep 29

Top 10 Most Talked About Project Tools for IT Teams

By Anine Burger | Operational IT Leadership , Tactical IT Leadership

So you have probably seen some (if not all) of the blog articles we have been writing within our project management series. At the time of publishing this article, we have progressed from mindset change via project identification to project coordination and although this blog article does not form part of the sequence, it is still very much related. 

In the main series we are using Excel templates to illustrate principles and provide you with usable sample tools, but you know there has to be a better alternative!

And there is!

But for this I need to stretch your imagination.  Are you ready?

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Sep 23

Coordinate Business Technology Projects Across the Organisation

By Andre Badenhorst | Operational IT Leadership

This is the third article in the series 4 Easy Steps to Project Coordination. If you have not already read through the previous articles, we strongly recommend you to do so.

A couple of months ago you took bold initiative; and boy, did it pay off! You got everybody excited by a complete overview of all your Business Technology projects.

For the first time ever they have started to realise the actual workload of your team. This bought you quite a bit of goodwill from people previously hitting you with unreasonable requests. The result was a lot more focus within your team.

This euphoria has now faded, the low hanging fruit have been plucked and eaten, your team still multitasks between many tasks and projects seem to drag on forever and you are again being pulled from pillar to post.

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Sep 07

How to take your IT Management Capacity to the Next Level

By Andre Badenhorst | Operational IT Leadership , Tactical IT Leadership

You are running. You are all over the show.

Your skeleton staff is seriously time constrained, constantly firefighting concurrent operational and user issues. Not to mention the overrunning of sticky projects. And if that is not enough, management demands answers in constant meetings that only keep you further away from the tasks at hand. You catch yourself doing those technical jobs escalated by incompetency.

Compare this to Paul. The one with the humongous salary who radiates the confidence of “all-the-time-in-the-world”. Everything was still okay until you ask him what he’s doing for a life. His effortless answer: “IT Manager”.

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Aug 25

Relevant IT for Startups in 5 Powerful Stages

By Mark Geschke | Relevant IT

Business leaders really like the structure and execution focus Relevant IT brings to a company that embraces uncertainty and embarks on a digital transformation journey.

But there are some that feel they need less process guidance in their business to become more agile and better at emulating successful startups.

And they are right!!  But not in the way they think.

It may be surprising, but Relevant IT actually provides as much guidance to startup businesses as it does to established organisations.

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Jul 10

5 Striking Commonalities Between Brexit and Digital Disruption

By Mathias Tölken | Digital Transformation , Strategic IT Leadership

I have in the past week followed the fallout from Brexit with interest as we here in the South African economy do definitely feel more than just a few ripples.

Is this a looming apocalypse?

I could not fail to notice that there are many similarities between what happened in Britain and the general views I hear about Digital Disruption.

Let me highlight 5 of these common themes.

I am definitely not going to regurgitate the entire Brexit discussion, but will rather use some news headlines from the past few days to illustrate my points and then draw the parallel.

My personal favourite is without a doubt the last point and I would invite all of you to live by that mantra… and not only on this topic.

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