Web 2.0

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 […]

A World Gone Social, by Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt: Book Review

I’d selected several books to take with me on a recent family vacation at the Florida Gulf coast. I was frankly skeptical about A World Gone Social, by Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt, published by Amacom.  The social media domain is vast and I was doubtful that any book could really do justice to the […]

Business Relationship Management and Cloud Services – Friends or Foes?

Cloud computing is a reality in most corporate computing environments today and, like it or not, is an increasingly important part of the enterprise computing landscape. There are several important aspects of cloud computing, particularly in its Software as a Service (SaaS) variation. These include:

Little to no capital outlay.
Low barrier to entry for the customer–sign […]

By |August 13th, 2014|Business Relationship Management, IT Management|1 Comment

What You Probably Don't Know About Wikis

Several of my posts talk about uses of semantic wikis.  In fact, my company is largely based upon a semantic wiki platform, called Symcordia™.  But the more people I talk to, the more I realize that:

While just about everyone has used Wikipedia as a reference source, few people have ever really thought about what a […]

Accelerating Individual and Organizational Learning – Case Study from a Rock Band: Part 1 of 2

My regular readers know that I post from time to time about how wikis can enable organization performance and increase organizational clarity.  (For example see here, here and here.)

In the interests of full disclosure, my company is centered around a semantic wiki platform (currently optimized for IT groups – see Symcordia.com for more) so I […]

The Semantic Wiki – Driving IT Organizational Clarity and Performance: Part 3

This is the 3rd and final part of a 3-part post.  (See Part 1 here and Part 2 here.)  This short series represents the culmination of 5+ years of work for my business partner, Roy Youngman, and me.
A Quick Recap
In Part 1, I discussed the frustration Roy and I felt with the state of management […]

The Semantic Wiki – Driving IT Organizational Clarity and Performance: Part 2

This is the 2nd in a 3-part post representing the culmination of 5+ years of work for my business partner, Roy Youngman and me.
A Quick Recap
Roy and I had become frustrated with the state of management consulting and the lack of “stickiness” with our consulting work.  In helping clients develop business-IT strategies and realign their […]

The Semantic Wiki – Driving IT Organizational Clarity and Performance

This will be Part 1 of a 3-part post.  This short series represents the culmination of 5+ years of work (on top of a 40 year career in IT!) for me and my business partner, Roy Youngman.  The series of posts also marks the formal announcement of The Merlyn Group, LLC, a business venture we […]

Why Some Projects Should Be "Led," Not "Managed"

I’ve posted before (many times!) about Business-IT Maturity, and the common “sticking points” that most IT organizations run into around the mid-point between low and high maturity.  (See, for example, here, here, and here, or enter “Sticking Point” into the search box.)
Walking Ever Faster Will Not Get You Running!
If, arbitrarily, you pick 3 levels of […]

Changing the Culture of an IT Organization – One Wiki Page at a Time!

I’ve been a student of IT organizational culture since I began my management consulting career some 30+ years ago.  It’s wrong, of course, to generalize too broadly, but I’ve worked with literally hundreds of large enterprise IT organizations (i.e., IT organizations of 250+ members) and have seen more commonalities than differences.  Of course, within any […]