IT Governance

Improving the Stage Gate

The criticism against traditional stage gate process is that it is inflexible, overly complicated, and bureaucratic. The three things that are known innovation killers. So, how does one use this invaluable innovation implementation tool from killing what it is designed to help? A few tweaks can make all the difference in the world.

Toward that end, this week, we are referring you to a new framework for stage gate. It makes this iconic process nimble, simple, and smooth. CIOs will gain from this framework because what you do all day is innovate, not just support the business in innovation!

e-Book: A New Framework for the Stage Gate Method

E-Book: Six Sigma Bible

IT Governance is a blunt instrument unless supported with quantitative analysis and tools. Fortunately, CIOs can borrow these tools from other disciplines. Six Sigma is one such tool. You might not realize it but you are running a manufacturing shop in more ways than one! But Six Sigma is applicable to most processes – Isn’t quality a basic requirement for all IT processes?

This week, we are referring you to an excellent soup-to-nuts discussion on Six SIgma – what is it and how to deploy it for effect.

e-Book: Six Sigma Bible

e-Book: A Framework for Post Merger Integration of Information Technology

CIOs play a critical role in mergers and acquisitions because often success hinges on post merger integration of information technology capabilities of the two organizations. You can learn from best practices adopted by other organizations.

Toward that end, this week, we are referring you to a framework and approach based upon successful PMI activities at other organizations.

e-Book: A Framework for Post Merger Integration of Information Technology

e-Book: Project Portfolio Management Maturity Model

Periodic evaluation is key to maximizing returns from an investment. Your investment in creating a Project Portfolio Management capability is no exception. The PPM program must be assessed and, if needed, course corrected.

Maturity models are an invaluable tool for assessment. They act like a compass – telling you where you are, if you are moving in the right direction and most importantly, how close you are to your destination. Using a maturity model for PPM can provide insights that guide the CIO in the right direction.

Toward that end, this week, we are referring you to an excellent discussion on PPM Maturity using a model specially crafted for the purpose.

e-Book: Project Portfolio Management Maturity ModelĀ 

Project Portfolio Management Maturity Model

Periodic evaluation is key to maximizing returns from an investment. Your investment in creating a Project Portfolio Management capability is no exception. The PPM program must be assessed and, if needed, course corrected.

Maturity models are an invaluable tool for assessment. They act like a compass – telling you where you are, if you are moving in the right direction and most importantly, how close you are to your destination. Using a maturity model for PPM can provide insights that guide the CIO in the right direction.

Toward that end, this week, we are referring you to an excellent discussion on PPM Maturity using a model specially crafted for the purpose.

Hope you find it helpful in your journey!

e-Book: Project Portfolio Management Maturity Model

Example: Corporate Governance of Information Technology Plan

Alignment is overrated. Fusion is key. IT Governance is no exception. Boards have to take charge of IT Governance and CIOs must have a seat at the table.

Toward that end, this week, we are referring you to an excellent example of corporate governance of information technology. CIOs can use this to understand how to govern IT and as a template to create a plan to govern IT in your organization.

Example: Corporate Governance of Information Technology Plan

Conducting an Assessment of an IT Governance Program

IT Governance is a process. Continuous improvement is the name of the game. So, good governance requires multiple cycles of planning, implementing, measuring, and adjusting. A key step is to measure or assess – are we on track? A periodic, independent assessment helps keep an IT Governance program on track.

Toward that end, this week, we are referring you to a sample IT Governance Assessment. It will help you with “what to expect when your program is being assessed” as well as “what is a meaningful assessment” – both are critical questions for the CIO to answer.

Sample IT Governance Assessment Report

Sample: IT Governance Assessment

IT Governance is a process. Continuous improvement is the name of the game. So, good governance requires multiple cycles of planning, implementing, measuring, and adjusting. A key step is to measure or assess – are we on track? A periodic, independent assessment helps keep an IT Governance program on track.

Toward that end, this week, we are referring you to a sample IT Governance Assessment. It will help you with “what to expect when your program is being assessed” as well as “what is a meaningful assessment” – both are critical questions for the CIO to answer.

Sample IT Governance Assessment Report

How does the quality of information affect stage gate results?

State gate is a valuable tool in managerial decision making. Theoretically, it can help improve efficiency and effectiveness of innovation. However, the quality of information at each stage is critical to the outcomes achieved by decisions made on that information. Often, there is an assumption that this information is of the desired quality. This case study set out to explore that assumption, found it not to be true, and proposes a framework to deal with this issue.

Hope you will find it helpful in your journey!

Case Study: How to Improve Stage Gate Performance

CIOs can learn how achieve results with imperfect information. Good Read!

Case Study: How to Improve Stage Gate Performance

State gate is a valuable tool in managerial decision making. Theoretically, it can help improve efficiency and effectiveness of innovation. However, the quality of information at each stage is critical to the outcomes achieved by decisions made on that information. Often, there is an assumption that this information is of the desired quality. This case study set out to explore that assumption, found it not to be true, and proposes a framework to deal with this issue.

Case Study: How to Improve Stage Gate Performance

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