Tips of the Week

Tips from CIOs to CIOs

Tips for Enterprisers, from Enterprisers

Every week, we hear lots of interesting insights and pieces advice from Enterprises that might be worth considering as you work to transform your organization, or simply be more effective each day.

Tip of the Week #1

"Change the title of your teams so that they make sense to your internal customers."

Tip of the Week #2

"Think about embedding IT people into the company’s functional units—put an IT person in every meeting, or even sit with the functional teams."

Tip of the Week #3

"Set up a monthly feedback session with the functional teams so that your IT team can create solutions for business issues."

Tip of the Week #4

"Visionary thinking is critical to IT senior leaders. Set aside a few hours each week to write down your long term game plan. Think big."

Tip of the Week #5

"Remember your real customer is the purchaser of your products, not your internal IT customer."

Tip of the Week #6

"Launch a 6 week cross functional project to deliver a specific result."

Tip of the Week #7

"Get out of your office. Walk the halls. Get to know what really matters to those outside of IT."

Tip of the Week #8

"Make time to meet with your peers at other companies—for perspective on where to take your organization, and practical suggestions on how to get there."

Tip of the Week #9

"If you're considering a new vendor, make sure to talk with someone in your industry who is using them in the way you will be using them. Every industry is different."

Tip of the Week #10

"Think about a daily huddle with your leadership team to improve communication and collaboration."

Tip of the Week #11

"Feedback is a gift - Do these three things to collect more feedback from your organization this week: open up the floor, innovate through feedback and listen first."

Tip of the Week #12

"Money is not the biggest motivator—IT teams like to create new things because it helps improve the business. Empower them to innovate."

Tip of the Week #13

"Never waste a good crisis. Be ready to get out ahead of it, and turn your next crisis into an opportunity to positively impact the business."

Tip of the Week #14

"The 5- and 10-year IT plan is gone. Structure IT initiatives so you can abandon them in 3 years when today's technology becomes irrelevant."

Tip of the Week #15

"IT is Sales. Think about how you're positioning IT inside and outside the company, and make sure you're getting credit for great work."

Tip of the Week #16

"Developing talent is key. Encourage promising members of your team to find a mentor—whether it's inside IT or (better yet) within the business."

Tip of the Week #17

"To get a seat with the CEO, know the LOB. Co-create IT and sell its value with the business proactively, rather than reacting to their concern from the CEO."

Tip of the Week #18

"Many executives only have functional expertise. CIOs should leverage their cross-functional perspective to offer broader strategic insights to improve the whole business."

Tip of the Week #19

Build your "systems of engagement" with scrum teams that can quickly build, respond and secure increasingly mobile customer relationships.

Tip of the Week #20

"Create a need-to-know operational process with your team that provides details of any system or user issue. This will eliminate surprises and help strike a better work/life balance."

Tip of the Week #21

"PMOs who can read and write code close the gap between business and engineering goals—and ease the transition to agile."

Tip of the Week #22

"In order to fully maximize the resources of the enterprise, technology needs to be applied to the activities that identify, engage, interact, and connect with customers."

Tip of the Week #23

"True agile requires CIOs to move to rolling releases and continuous integration."

Tip of the Week #24

"Rather than communicating top-down, encourage staff to 'co-create' the future vision of your IT organization."

Tip of the Week #25

"Spend time with people in your organization that are in different stages of their career, not only to mentor them but also to try to learn from them."

Tip of the Week #26

"You must encourage and facilitate innovation. Some ideas won't succeed, but you must keep fueling those ideas. It's okay to fail."

Tip of the Week #27

"Stay connected to the business by focusing on where the seams are in your organization, then find ways to connect them."

Tip of the Week #28

"The entire IT team needs to feel responsible for building relationships and opening the lines of communications across all business groups."

Tip of the Week #29

"To implement DevOps, break people out of their traditional thinking and entrenched mindsets about how things 'should be done'."

Tip of the Week #30

"Constantly review and rejuggle your organization. Does it make sense for IT resources to be in business units?"

Tip of the Week #31

"True agile requires CIOs to move to rolling releases and continuous integration."

Tip of the Week #32

"In order to fully maximize the resources of the enterprise, technology needs to be applied to the activities that identify, engage, interact and connect with customers."

Tip of the Week #33

"Spend time with people in your organization that are in different stages of their career, not only to mentor them but also to try and learn from them."

Tip of the Week #34

"You must encourage and facilitate innovation. Some ideas won't succeed, but you must keep fueling those ideas. It's okay to fail."

Tip of the Week #35

"Stay connected to the business by focusing on where the seams are in your organization, then find ways to connect them."

Tip of the Week #36

"Use IT metrics to prove your value to the business."

Tip of the Week #37

"The ability to do things quickly will make the typically opportunistic chief marketing officer happy."

Tip of the Week #38

"Marketing the business value of IT has never been more critical, so don't let technical detail stand in the way of telling great stories."

Tip of the Week #39

"Embrace consumerization and BYOD because it is happening regardless of you."

Tip of the Week #40

"Be a leader, which means taking risks and acting on the direction set by the CEO and the board."

Tip of the Week #41

"Focus on strategic initiatives first and technology fifth."

Tip of the Week #42

"Work through industry forums to build peer relationships with clients and prospects, understanding their challenges and opportunities as well as direction for IT management."

Tip of the Week #43

"When IT takes responsibility for service delivery, users no longer have to worry about how a service is being implemented and acquired and can focus strictly on using it."

Tip of the Week #44

"Be certain that technology is viewed as an enabler and accelerator of new products and services in your company."

Tip of the Week #45

"Don't limit your candidate searches to traditional majors like engineering and computer science."

Tip of the Week #46

"Think from the customer's perspective. What is painful about doing business with you? Without fail you'll find a chasm to cross."

Tip of the Week #47

"Encourage failure at the beginning of a process to get people to innovate, in the middle as long as people react and learn from it, and at the end to use your learnings to ensure success."

Tip of the Week #48

"Think less about buying servers, storage and networking gear and more about solving business problems by smart configurations of technology."

Tip of the Week #49

"Continue to educate and hone new hire skills, especially leadership skills, long after day one on the job."

Tip of the Week #50

"Don't look at the divisions between life and work as absolute. See them more as integrating into each other. An occasional work email at a child's sports event beats missing the event entirely."

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