Saturday, September 30, 2023

IT Super Power

There's a super power available to most IT professionals, if they choose to develop it. Their experiences doing technical work can make them like chess masters, where they can see gaps and several moves ahead when it comes to the software lifecycle.

Developing this skill, and understanding how to exploit it, results in them being able to provide invaluable advisory input to matters of business analysis, IT strategy, project, and change management.

This is one of the angles I pursue with my clients as I help their IT staff position themselves as trusted advisors.

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Formula For Success

The formula for success: Break down problems and identify the simple, elegant solution.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

The Business Strategy / IT Project Execution Gap

                                                            Sebastian Voortman, Pexels

Not enough IT departments have strategic, trusted advisor relationships with the C-suite. Too many operate like pharmacies: taking orders, and delivering medicines. But companies need more "doctors" who can diagnose and proactively help executives take advantage of technology, especially new ones such as AI, machine learning, and quantum computing.

In companies, there is a barrier between leadership and technology that works in both directions. The implementation needs of high level strategy, planning, and roadmapping don't effectively filter down the organization. At the same time, technical initiatives that could help senior leaders improve the organization stay within the technical department, where they struggle to get sponsorship and resources.

This gap represents a big opportunity for CIOs / CTOs wanting to elevate and differentiate their operations.

I created the Strategic Simplicity® Framework to help companies use technology to dramatically drive business growth and improvement. I advise on digital transformation, project execution, streamlining operations, and risk management.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Green Batteries From Iron and Rust

Yesterday's WSJ had an interesting article about how a startup is using a old steel factory in West Virginia to make large rechargeable batteries out of iron (as opposed to lithium) that can run homes / businesses for 100 hours.  The battery uses oxygen to turn the iron into rust, which generates electricity.  Then, it uses solar and wind to generate electricity to recharge the battery by turning the rust back into iron, creating oxygen.

That's why I'm hopeful that we'll eventually solve the climate problem because of innovation.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Don't Do List

Don't make a to-do list, instead make a don't-do list of time wasters. #Productivity

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How To Schedule Tasks

Schedule tasks (such as writing an article) as an appointment on your calendar. Treat it like a meeting. #Productivity

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Cure for Procrastination

The cure for procrastination is to "micro" something by breaking it down. Ex: write a micro-article, or do a micro-task. #Productivity

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

How To Have A Fulfilling Career

Having a fulfilling career: It's 20% choosing the right field and 80% finding the right company / boss. #business #hr #careermanagement

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Disruptive Innovation = Simplicity

Disruptive innovation = simplicity
Because progress occurs by making things faster, cheaper, and easier.

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Simplicity is a Super Power

Simplicity is a super power, and the future of the 21st century's Attention scarcity age.
Our creativity is sapped by complexity and having to make decisions. The amount of info in the world is increasing.
To scale, we need to be able to quickly train employees and educate our customers about our products/services.
Simplicity allows us to do this. #success #simplicity #strategicsimplicity #business

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023


“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” - Alan Kay

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