Future leaders, and IT contradicts

Interrupting my series of Terrible Innovators for a moment, you may be interested in these recent things:

Over at Computing magazine, I write about the future of IT leadership, specifically, that in an era where the ownership of IT systems is becoming unclear, the role of technologies leaders is also becoming blurred. Do they have a role in the future? I don’t know, but what I do know is that our new managers, the ones coming up IT now, are way better rounded than their siloed predecessors. Anyway, read the article, and especially the rebuttal from one of the current generation IT leaders who says I’m wrong.

Then, over at Finextra, they are running a feature (pulled from the book, actually) on the prioritisation that CIOs have, compared with what innovators need to make change. My point, there, is that CIOs have such vastly different priorities to innovators that they are fundamentally unable to embrace innovation and keep on keeping on.

Hope you find these interesting , and I’ll be back with Terrible Innovator No. 4 – the Lone Ranger – tomorrow.

2 Responses to“Future leaders, and IT contradicts”

  1. Stephen
    January 6, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    I think there are some things we need to understand though….
    a) An election is on its way
    b) With Government IT systems the implementation date is often chosen before the requirements are understood
    c) An ever increasing backdrop of constraining legacy systems
    d) Within a fixed time box, the only other parameters available are cost and quality – the thing everyone complains about!
    So in terms of innovation……
    a) How can we do it better, faster, cheaper
    b) How can we eliminate constraints
    c) How can we reduce, time, cost and risk
    d) How can we better collaborate with all Stakeholders in terms of time, cost, risk & quality?
    Innovation is not just about gizzmo's and technology – it can also be about new ways of doing things, seeing things differently and building constructive relationships…

  2. January 8, 2010 at 4:53 am #

    Stephen, I agree with all of that. Especially your last paragraph.

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