The business driven portfolio approach

I have just been editing Jon’s chapter for the book on managing IT investments in the style of a business driven portfolio, and as is happening quite a bit on this project, it got me thinking and I couldn’t help incorporating some of my own views and advice (hopefully the joins won’t be that apparent…

The need for a common language: avoiding technobabble

One of the principles we are advocating in the book is the need to create a common language between business and IT to ensure that there is a common understanding of what the business is trying to achieve, relative priorities, the role of IT, measurement of the business value of IT and so forth. A…

The role of management in effective IT adoption

In a recent post Nicholas Carr calls out a recent Harvard Business Review article (currently freely accessible) by Andrew McAfee, whose work I highlighted in August. In the article, McAfee sets out to help managers grapple with the challenges of technology adoption in the face of an abundance of technologies, a chequered history of IT…