Weeknote 502: presenting

This week I have learned: that we have permission to proceed to the next stage for our transformation project. Numbers and timeframes are the next step.Oh, that I need to find an alternative to calling it a "transformation project". I'm really starting to dislike the term. Answers on a postcard to...I'm increasingly suspicious of organisations … Continue reading Weeknote 502: presenting

CIO Archive: Of Clocks and Clouds

Orginally published on CIO.co.uk, June 2015. A longish article to try and explain some of the useful stuff that came out of the Socio-Technical movement of the 1960s and 70s... Matt Ballantine debates the importance of culture change as part of the move to a cloud based operating model for CIOs  We are facing uncertainty … Continue reading CIO Archive: Of Clocks and Clouds

CIO Archive: eMeetings, bloody eMeetings

Orginally published on CIO.co.uk, July 2015. During lockdown I've been observing that online meetings strip out much of the value of getting people together. Seems it took a tube strike to observe this first time around... This week we saw transport chaos in London with the walkout of London Underground staff causing the most significant … Continue reading CIO Archive: eMeetings, bloody eMeetings

CIO Archive: Ideal CIO Personality Traits

Orginally published on CIO.co.uk, December 2015. I still wholeheartedly believe that Curiosity, Empathy and Humility are the key to successful technology leadership. This week the panel for the 2016 CIO100 awards met for the first time and we discussed what we thought would be the important facets to look for when judging the awards in … Continue reading CIO Archive: Ideal CIO Personality Traits

Weeknote 501 – Chrysalis

This week I have learned: that maybe butterfly metamorphosis is the metaphor I need to describe the change work that is coming up. Building a structure around what in many cases will be a matter of taking things right back to basics.the teardown of a "digital" pregnancy test is a perfect example of when a … Continue reading Weeknote 501 – Chrysalis

CIO Archive: Agile methodology best avoided when you have known answers

First published on CIO.co.uk, March 2016. The early glimmers of what became the Play Matrix. In Project Management 101 there is the concept of the Project Golden Triangle. There are three dimensions: cost, time and specification. The idea is that for any project, some of these dimensions are likely to be constrained. If cost is … Continue reading CIO Archive: Agile methodology best avoided when you have known answers

CIO Archive: Sitting on the board might not make you a more effective CIO

First published on CIO.co.uk, May 2016. CIOs should still be careful for what they wish for. For some time I've been voicing scepticism of the importance of the CIO having a seat on an organisation's board to be effective. Too often it has sounded to me like a perceived shortcut to the hard work of … Continue reading CIO Archive: Sitting on the board might not make you a more effective CIO

CIO Archive: The rise of the anthropomorphs

Humanoid intelligence is more than just skin deep First published on CIO.co.uk, July 2016. Sticking a face on technology is still a cheap trick used regularly. There's a friend of mine, a colleague from back in the days when I worked at the BBC, who is a touch obsessed with the psychological concept of pareidolia. Every week … Continue reading CIO Archive: The rise of the anthropomorphs

CIO Archive: The siren call of the unicorn

Agile, Waterfall and stupid ideas First published on CIO.co.uk, November 2016. I still see people making the mistaken assumption that a methodology can make a bad idea good. From my extensive research I can tell you exclusively that the following three things do not exist: UnicornsMermaidsA software development methodology that will always successfully deliver From … Continue reading CIO Archive: The siren call of the unicorn

CIO Archive: #noPC

CIOs need to prepare for a future business computing model without the PC First published on CIO.co.uk, January 2017. This one has turned out to be a bit wrong, given Covid... In my work in the last few years I've been skirting between the worlds of digital and traditional IT. One of the things that … Continue reading CIO Archive: #noPC