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How CIOs can make Business Relationship Management (BRM) work

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Book Review – Be The Business: CIOs in the New Era of IT

I reviewed Martha Heller’s last book, The CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership back in October 2012, because I thought it was an important book for my typical blog readership, the IT community. When Martha invited me to review her new book, I jumped at the opportunity because:

I respect Martha’s perspective—she is both an IT executive […]

The Value of Business Relationship Management? A 3-Fold Increase in IT Effectiveness!

Highly respected McKinsey & Company has just published a ground breaking research report entitled, “Partnering to shape the future—IT’s new imperative.” The opening statement powerfully expresses the raison d’être for Business Relationship Management:
“When IT acts as a partner to the business, rather than as a technology consultant or supplier of IT services, the benefits are striking. […]

By |May 17th, 2016|Business Relationship Management|Comments Off on The Value of Business Relationship Management? A 3-Fold Increase in IT Effectiveness!

Exciting News: Announcing a 1-Day BRM Training Session, Charlotte, NC on April 15, 2016!

I’m very excited to announce a one-day BRM training session in Charlotte, NC on Friday, April 15, 2016! This will follow the 2016 BRMConnect conference in Charlotte—the world’s second such event. BRMConnect runs from Tuesday, April 12 to Thursday, April 14!

I am also proud to be giving a keynote presentation at that conference.

The training session is intended […]

By |April 1st, 2016|Business Relationship Management, IT Management, Next Generation IT|Comments Off on Exciting News: Announcing a 1-Day BRM Training Session, Charlotte, NC on April 15, 2016!

IT Demand Management is More Than Managing Business Requests!

I was recently reading some “brochureware” from a prominent IT consulting firm that defined Business Demand Management as “managing business requests.” This is a travesty! It implies a low level of relationship maturity, what BRMI would define as “Order Taking”, which is Level 2 on a 5-Level Business Relationship Maturity scale, where Level 1 is […]

By |March 22nd, 2016|Business Relationship Management|Comments Off on IT Demand Management is More Than Managing Business Requests!

The Process Obsession Trap!

Process is good, but…
To be clear—I’m a big believer in process discipline! The importance of and evidence for strong process discipline is all around us! I was on an airplane this weekend and happened to peek into the cockpit while boarding. The pilot and co-pilot were going through their pre-flight checklist. It was comforting to […]

By |February 2nd, 2016|Business Relationship Management|Comments Off on The Process Obsession Trap!

Who’s Taking Care of Organizational Change Management?

Where are all the Organizational Change experts?
I’ve worked with many companies over the last 45 years or so who were trying to improve business performance by implementing IT-enabled change (or, more precisely, by implementing business process change enabled by IT). I’ve also worked with IT organizations who were trying to improve their performance by deploying […]

By |September 1st, 2015|Business Relationship Management, Change Management|Comments Off on Who’s Taking Care of Organizational Change Management?

Why ITIL® Can Be Dangerous to Business Relationship Management Health

While establishing robust Service Management discipline is essential 'table stakes' for an IT organization with low supply maturity (i.e., one that is not good at keeping the proverbial 'lights on and trains running on time') it does not address the most important and powerful capabilities for driving business value realization from information and IT. And while ITIL® can be an effective framework for establishing good Service Management discipline, the ITIL framework describes BRM from a mostly tactical and operational perspective—a woefully restricted flavor of BRM compared to that described by Business Relationship Management Institute (BRMI) and embodied in the APMG-International accredited Business Relationship Management Professional® and Certificate of Business Relationship Management® training and certification. BRMI's Business Relationship Maturity Model defines five levels of relationship maturity. ITIL focuses on reaching Level 3—Service Provider. This is certainly significantly better than an Ad Hoc or Order Taker relationship, but should not be the ultimate relationship ambition, and should not be the primary focus for the BRM.

Business Relationship Management is a Contact Sport!

I sometimes find my Business Relationship Management (BRM) trainees, coaching and consulting clients assume that BRM is a somewhat passive role, lacking in accountability and without ‘sharp teeth’. This perception is badly mistaken and can be harmful to the successful deployment of the BRM role.
Putting on the Boxing Gloves
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By |June 23rd, 2015|Business Relationship Management, IT Management|0 Comments

Scrum: Twice the Work in Half the Time–Really? Part 2

This is Part 2 of a 2-part post.

In Part 1 I provided some context for my post inspired by the book “Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time” by Jeff Sutherland, including a disclaimer on why you might not like this book. If you are experienced in Scrum methods, please […]