Archive for September, 2012
“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by way of Sherlock Holmes, -The Hound of the Baskervilles
No matter what business you’re in, helping employees understand how what they do connects to something important matters – both for the business to be successful, and for your employees. Here are two CEOs who recognize this point.
ManagementSpeak: We are the hands and feet for the teams we support, and will help them in any way possible. Translation: Hands get slapped and feet get stepped on. But not for providing terrific translations like this one.
When faced with shadow IT and shadow projects, IT often takes on the role of Internal Audit’s deputy, even though Internal Audit never asked us to.
“Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” “I never said half the things I said.” – Yogi Berra
Most companies have lots of shadow projects going on. They’re low-risk/high-reward opportunities, except for one thing: They’re usually led by project managers who know nothing about project management.
ManagementSpeak: Sure, we received the documentation. Translation: We refuse to read any of this until someone comes and gives us training. Fortunately, knowing how to spot and translate ManagementSpeak doesn’t require any documentation or training.
IT has done its best to stomp out shadow IT. We can’t, and that’s a good thing. Here’s what we should do instead: Embrace it.