Here's a link that describes Lewin's theories. It's sort of what I thought it was. Once change is implemented, you put it in a bottle. Replicate! Amazing that we're talking about applying concepts dreamed up the 30s to today's to the change management today.
Well, we always have a ways to go, don't we. That's life. I am not sure I agree with the analogy. Borders are political in nature and whether they are opened or closed is up to the bureaucrats. However, the cloud and the Internet -- like railroads -- put enormous pressure on decision-makers to open them up. Let's face it: few politicians have a world view....quite the opposite with many of them.
Do I think the cloud will have the same impact as the railroads? No. Railroads launched the industrial revolution and opened the west here in the U.S. More than 150 years after their inception, they still play central roles in the world's transportation infrastructure. The cloud as with all things in technology will come and go in a much shorter span of time...or will morph into something else.
Maybe the cloud will be supplanted by something called "blue sky."
Crowdsourcing revealed you can get people to engage in almost anything if you make a 'game' out of it, including mundane tasks. Ironically, sometimes the more inconsequential the reward for the desired behavior the more of an inducement it was.
How to Become a Rainmaker is one of my all time favorite books which offers a very useful blueprint for becoming a CIO rainmaker. This post is not a book review of How to Become a Rainmaker. It is about how CIO’s can retool their thinking to that of a CIO Rainmaker in order to raise their value contribution and set themselves apart from their peers.
(Originally posted March 3 on The Higher Ed CIO) IT performance management requires a balanced scorecard approach using both internally and externally oriented metrics that are also a good mix of leading and lagging indicators.
The role of IT was never static. Technology changes alone bring about major changes in the role of IT and influence the future of IT. This really should not be debateable since we see everyday how technology changes redefine various professions or business functions through automation and simplification. Yet, when you describe a future of IT that is less strategic people get upset and accuse you of being a contrarian just for the sake of it.
If more IT departments functioned like human resources or facilities and worried less about being strategic there would be fewer complaints about IT and CIO’s would be happier for it. The support for this belief comes from the consumerization and democratization of technology which is accelerating the shift to commodity services and enabling more decision making by non-IT folks while rendering more and more of the technology stack decisions irrelevant.
Evaluating IT investments for funding is one process where using a simpler approach is not always better. That is because the process of evaluating IT investments should involve an two step process for each project under consideration in order to support an objective IT project ranking of all proposals and ultimately, the IT project selection decision.