We Want to be Digital, But What Does that Mean?

| A few weeks ago I got a call from a client “Owen, we presented our digital strategy to the board yesterday.  It went well but the board wants us to go quicker and are prepared to invest in that.  Can we talk?” “Of course we can talk” I replied,…

A Renovation Approach To Going Digital

On January 10, 2017, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,, , With No Comments

| I reckon that for most large incumbent organisations (that is those born in an analogue age) going digital is a bit like embarking on a significant house renovation and extension.  But first let me take you back to the beginning of 2004. My wife and I decided to buy…

When it comes to digital, always start with why!

On November 4, 2016, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

| In the third most popular TED Talk of all time Simon Sinek urges leaders to start with why.  Sinek’s message was fairly simple.  Great communicators communicate very differently to most people.  Whereas most people communicate from the outside in, by describing what they do, great communicators communicate from the…

Persistent Problems and Conventional Thinking

On September 8, 2016, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,,, , With No Comments

I I have been thinking a lot about projects and project management lately.  Why?  Because effective project delivery is critical to delivering value from IT and as an industry we don’t do a great job of delivering our projects.  We are all aware of the statistics.  Most commentators report that…

Facilitated Governance

On August 30, 2016, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

| There we were halfway through the workshop with the IT leadership team and our attention shifted to the team’s project delivery performance.  The insight from the executive was very clear.  They saw the IT team as the department of no!  It didn’t matter how good an idea it was…

Is the Internet Safe? Of course not!

On July 30, 2016, Posted by , In Uncategorized, By ,, , With No Comments

| The internet is not 100 percent safe, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be using it to support you to take your business forward.  And rather than worrying about all those things that you don’t understand I think you should think of the internet in the same way you…

The Technology Puzzle

On April 21, 2016, Posted by , In Uncategorized, By ,,, , With No Comments

For more than a decade now the proportion of organisational technology spend being managed outside of the IT team has grown rapidly.  Most industry analysts reckon that the split in IT spending is nearly 50/50 between IT controlled and spent outside of IT.  There are many reasons offered as to…

Driving Digital Competence

On April 14, 2016, Posted by , In Uncategorized, By ,,, , With No Comments

My daughter Sarah has just passed her learner’s driving licence.  It is a very exciting time for her and a somewhat nervous time for myself and her mother.  The day after she passed I took her out for her first ever drive.  I decided that having her actually drive on…