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Why do we need to create IT Strategies?

1) Focus

Creating and communicating a clear strategy that makes strong strategic decision can help provide focus for your teams and the teams you collaborate with. This focus comes as much from clearly stating what you will not focus on as it is from stating what you will focus on. A good IT Strategy is something to govern against to ensure your teams are working on the right things and saying “no” to the myriad of tactical and “can you just” tasks that do not move the IT Strategy (and therefore your business) forward

2) Investment


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In this article we’ll talk about 3 key steps you can take to improve your IT Strategy.

1) Listen

Actively listening to your stakeholders to understand their concerns and needs is critical to creating a great IT Strategy. Specifically here are 3 things you can do:

  • Adopt a “Beginners Mindset” when talking with your stakeholders, so that you are as unencumbered by assumptions and prejudice when engaging
  • Practice Active Listening techniques to maximise the value you get from you conversations
  • Accept that you might think you know what your IT Strategy needs to be, but the only way you’ll know is through…

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Originally posted on my Free ‘How to IT Strategy’ Newsletter and accompanying Podcast. The How to IT Strategy Course is coming soon sign up for early access and an early bird discount

In this post we’ll talk about 3 key steps you can take to improve your IT Strategy.

1) Listen

Actively listening to your stakeholders to understand their concerns and needs is critical to creating a great IT Strategy. Specifically here are 3 things you can do:


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Originally posted on my Free ‘How to IT Strategy’ Newsletter and accompanying Podcast. The How to IT Strategy Course is coming soon sign up for early access and an early bird discount

In this post we’ll talk about common reasons why IT Strategies fail, what failure means in the context of IT Strategy and what you can do to avoid common pitfalls and maximise your strategies chance of success

What is Failure?

I guess when we initially think about what failure might be in the context of IT Strategy its simply “We haven’t executed what we said we would in the timescale that…


In previous newsletters we’ve talked about various techniques that we can employ to help improve our understanding of the organisation so we can create a great IT Strategy, we’ve covered for example, Business environment analysis, business model canvas, wardley maps, demand statements etc. In this Newsletter we’ll talk about Value Streams, Value Streams are an extremely useful technique we should have in our arsenal that can really help inform our understanding of our business and therefore inform our IT Strategy.

What is a Value Stream?

The terms Value Stream and Value Chain are often used interchangeably in many different overlapping contexts with slightly different and/or…


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In this ‘How to IT Strategy’ Newsletter we will discuss how to nail down your IT Strategy Vision and Mission statements, why it’s a good thing to do and techniques we can use to help come up with good ones :)

Why?

Nailing a Vision and Mission statement for your strategy is a valuable thing to do for a number of reasons:

  1. It helps encapsulate your understanding of what your team and strategy is meant to achieve in a way that is recognisable and meaningful to both your team and your stakeholders
  2. It can help provide something for your team to…

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In this week’s ‘How to IT Strategy’ Newsletter we will discuss techniques that you can use to help you think about your team’s capabilities so that you are clear on areas of deficiency or gaps that will need to be addressed in order to successfully implement your IT Strategy.

From my own experience I have seen sound IT Strategies fail to be successfully executed due to unaddressed deficiencies in key skills and capability areas, sometimes these deficiencies can be complete gaps, or just lack of skills/experience.

As with all analysis that forms part of creating your IT Strategy, how much…


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In this newsletter we will discuss the value in defining Principles as part of your IT Strategy, we’ll discuss what they are, how they can be used and why you need them.

It is very easy, when going through any significant change to lose your way, there will be challenges, pressures and forces at play that might cause you to deviate from the plan that you have agreed on. This is true of both the definition and execution of an IT Strategy, your assumptions, decisions, strategy and tactics will be constantly tested by internal and external factors.

What is a Principle?

Principles are a…


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In this newsletter we’ll discuss techniques to make sure you get the most value out of your time with stakeholders. Stakeholder interviews are an essential source of information to inform your IT strategy and provide rich context about your stakeholders concerns and the organisations culture and prevailing narratives. You should go into stakeholder interviews with 3 objectives:

  1. Learning: set aside your assumptions and prejudices and engage with a ‘beginners mind’ focused on learning as much as you can from the stakeholder in order to inform your IT Strategy
  2. Build Rapport: Actively seek to build a relationship with the stakeholder as…

Understanding your supplier landscape to inform your IT Strategy

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[Originally posted on the ‘How to IT Strategy’ newsletter, subscribe so you don’t miss out the next instalments. If audio is more your thing also consider subscribing to the accompanying podcast, available on Anchor, Spotify, iTunes and all major podcast services]

An important part of defining the current state of IT in order to inform your IT Strategy involves developing and making explicit your current supplier landscape, in doing this there are 4 key questions to answer and 4 key techniques with which to answer them

  1. What is your view of…

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