Social, Agile and Transformation

5 Ways to Better Manage Technical Debt

Social, Agile and Transformation

There are specific topics that will get CIO and IT leaders to vent. Talk about show many spreadsheets bounce around through email, midyear budget cuts, or hundreds of projects everyone won't prioritize, and you'll get an earful.

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From Legacy to Intelligent ERP: A Blueprint for Digital Transformation

Social, Agile and Transformation

Do you cringe when it’s time to upgrade the ERP because of all the testing that’s required? Do you have frequent nightmares of executives and managers coming after you because the ERP is down or performing slowly?

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Transforming the Workforce with Governed Citizen Development

Social, Agile and Transformation

It’s an unprecedented time to be a CIO or any technology leader. On the one hand, technology organizations are working hard on digital transformation and developing many new customer and employee-facing applications.

5 Signs You're in a Hot Potato Culture

Social, Agile and Transformation

In this week's episode of 5 Minutes with @NYIke, I provide three ways to address a hot potato culture. But first, let's define it and identify its signs.

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Data Analytics in the Cloud for Developers and Founders

Speaker: Javier Ramírez, Senior AWS Developer Advocate, AWS

You have lots of data, and you are probably thinking of using the cloud to analyze it. But how will you move data into the cloud? In which format? How will you validate and prepare the data? What about streaming data? Can data scientists discover and use the data? Can business people create reports via drag and drop? Can operations monitor what’s going on? Will the data lake scale when you have twice as much data? Is your data secure? In this session, we address common pitfalls of building data lakes and show how AWS can help you manage data and analytics more efficiently.

5 Critical Takeaways from the 2020 State of Agile Report

Social, Agile and Transformation

The 14th annual state of agile report is now available, and it's one of the papers I look forward to reviewing every year. It surveys over one thousand software development professionals from a mix of company sizes, development team sizes, geographies, and industries.

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Digital Transformation is Absolutely Important in a Volatile COVID-19 World

Social, Agile and Transformation

Should COVID-19 start, slow down, or pivot your digital transformation strategy? The answer is yes, but it depends on how your organization defines digital transformation and where it is in its journey.

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Agile Transformation Everywhere! - Winning over Stakeholders

Social, Agile and Transformation

One of my favorite workshops that I do is called Agile for Stakeholders. Now there are books, frameworks, and tools to help agile product owners, scrum masters, and leads, including StarCIO Agile Planner, but there are limited resources for stakeholders.

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Driving Competitive Advantages with Master Data Management

Social, Agile and Transformation

Do you feel like your databases are more like data vaults? The data vault contains all the information on customers, prospects, products, operations, and finances, only no one knows how to unlock it and discover its secrets. Getting inside the vault is only the start of the challenges.

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CIO Must Pivot to a Safer-Smarter World

Social, Agile and Transformation

My boss used to say to me, "Isaac, read the tea leaves" to get a sense of what to present, share, and focus on depending on the business temperament.

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COVID-19 in the Numbers: Transformation Leadership Needed in Banking, Travel, and Higher Ed

Social, Agile and Transformation

Every business in every industry needs to look at itself in the mirror and decide who they want to be when they emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown. That is if they come out of it. The world's changed.

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

What are Seven Types of Big Data Debt

Social, Agile and Transformation

As more organizations have embarked on agile software development over the last five years as part of digital transformation programs, the term technical debt is more widely understood.

What is DevOps in 5 Minutes with @NYIke

Social, Agile and Transformation

Agile without DevOps can lead to conflict where agile teams want to deploy frequently but are slowed down by operations that preserve reliability over speed.

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What is Agile Planning in 5 Minutes with @NYIke

Social, Agile and Transformation

Why are some organizations stuck with fr-agile development processes? Hint: It's not because you need to "scale" agile. Many organizations succeed in getting an A-team practicing agile and then look to "scale" their best practices to the rest of the organization.

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Four Agile Workstreams in a Data Driven Organization

Social, Agile and Transformation

In this episode of 5 Minutes with @NYIke, I share a four-step process to start getting your organization more data-driven. You can start with any of the four steps.

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What Digital Transformation Means Viewing Through a COVID-19 Lens

Social, Agile and Transformation

It's an interesting time to be thinking about transformation. Some will argue that we have to slow digital transformation efforts because COVID-19 business issues will have higher priority.

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How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

12 Top Posts for Agile Product Managers

Social, Agile and Transformation

The fourth episode of 5 Minutes with @NYIke covers the role of product management. I take on the challenge of defining the role's strategic responsibilities and illustrating how product managers should best work with agile teams.

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Celebrating Two Fantastic Years of Driving Digital

Social, Agile and Transformation

Two years ago I received my "author's copies" of Driving Digital: The Leader's Guide to Business Transformation Through Technology. The picture you see here is just after I opened the box. What a thrilling moment it was!

3 Virtual Meetings Hard to do with Zoom

Social, Agile and Transformation

I use Zoom synonymously for all other virtual meeting technologies, including Google Meet and Microsoft teams. Most of you are getting used to virtual meetings because of COVID-19, and the technology largely works well in many situations requiring teams and people to collaborate.

What is Proactive Data Governance?

Social, Agile and Transformation

If you go to most business leaders to discuss data governance, you are likely to get a glazing stare that screams, "What the heck are you talking about?" And then your mind races to figure out where to begin. Data policies? Data security? Data quality? Data cataloging? Master data management?

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Leading a Defensive to Offensive Transformation Strategy Post COVID-19

Social, Agile and Transformation

There is something quite magical watching pro athletes in a one on one situation. A soccer player defending a striker from getting by or a basketball player holding ground so that the point guard doesn't drive to the basket.

My Top Books 2019: Digital Transformation, Entrepreneurship, AI

Social, Agile and Transformation

One of my 2019 new year resolutions was to read more books. I signed up for GoodReads and stated a reading challenge with a modest goal of finishing twelve books. I finished twenty-four, and many of these books are great reads for entrepreneurs, CIOs, and other digital transformation leaders.

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Where to Place Your Machine Learning and AI Bets

Social, Agile and Transformation

A few weeks ago, I published my 2020 predictions and stated explicitly that enterprises must demonstrate AI and Machine Learning wins. So, in this post, I survey several recent research surveys to determine where organizations should place their bets.

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How to use Spikes and Deliver Agile POCs

Social, Agile and Transformation

In my last post, I discussed shallow commitments, an agile tool team can use to negotiate with product owners when they are asked to commit to more stories in a sprint above their velocity and comfort zone. Teams commit as usual and then define several stories that sit in the shallows.

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Machine Learning for Builders: Tools, Trends, and Truths

Speaker: Rob De Feo, Startup Advocate at Amazon Web Services

Machine learning techniques are being applied to every industry, leveraging an increasing amount of data and ever faster compute. But that doesn’t mean machine learning techniques are a perfect fit for every situation (yet). So how can a startup harness machine learning for its own set of unique problems and solutions, and does it require a warehouse filled with PhDs to pull it off?

5 Reasons for CIO to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving

Social, Agile and Transformation

Six years ago, I wrote a fun post on A CIO 's Top Ten Guide to Preparing a Thanksgiving Feast, where I shared some whimsical advice from building a firewall to outsourcing what you cannot do well.

7 Required DevOps Practices Before Increasing Deployment Frequencies

Social, Agile and Transformation

In my last post, I shared 7 Prerequisites on Whether to Improve Deployment Frequencies with DevOps. I firmly believe that CI/CD is not enough to support stable releases and also shared 5 pre-deployment priorities for Agile DevOps teams.

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How Low Code Platforms Enable Remote Collaboration

Social, Agile and Transformation

As I said in my last post, the world took a hard pivot right over the last couple of weeks. I'm reasonably sure that whatever you had planned to do this week is crossed out and replaced with a new plan and way of working. Many organizations closed their offices and working remotely.

How Business Transformation is Fundamentally Different from Innovation

Social, Agile and Transformation

An interesting debate transpired during the last #CIOChat on Thursday at 2pm around Myles Suer's question, "How is #innovation fundamentally different from business transformation?" I had significant feedback to my tweets and decided to dedicate this week's blog post to detail my perspective. I provided a two-tweet answer require(["mojo/signup-forms/Loader"], function(L) { L.start({"baseUrl". about me digital transformation innovation

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

Why it's been a Remarkable Pivotal Year for Digital Leaders

Social, Agile and Transformation

What will you remember about 2019? I believe 2019 will go down as a pivotal year for how businesses will continue to invest in technology, data, automation, and customer experience.

Delight Employees and Empower IT to Shine at ITSM

Social, Agile and Transformation

Wake up! No one likes opening service desk tickets or using ITSM tools. Employees expect self-service capabilities and easy to use technologies.

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Breakthrough Agile Transformation: The Important Leadership Roles

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I've written several posts on the CIO and leadership roles in agile transformation, agile adoption, and agile practices.

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John Cusack Practical Quotes on Strong Digital Leadership

Social, Agile and Transformation

Every once and a while, I draw inspiration from movies and actors/actresses. I have a post paying tribute to the great movie. What about Bob? Baby Steps - A Guide to Digital Transformation.

Microservices: The Dark Side

Speaker: Prem Chandrasekaran

A few years ago, Barclays embarked on a journey to migrate its legacy services to a modern tech stack with the objective of achieving a high level of scale, resilience, and reliability. During the incremental, iterative move towards an ecosystem of focused, distributed services, it’s fair to say that the company discovered the challenges of distributing objects. Join us for an episode you can’t miss if you’re finding it a lot harder to architect in practice than in theory, and learn how you can shed light on the dark side of microservices.

Episode 4 @DrivingDig : There is More to DevOps and Agile than Rituals and Tools

Social, Agile and Transformation

Going into the Thanksgiving holiday week so maybe you have time to catch up on some reading. Here is Episode 4 of Driving Digital's tip of the day where I cover some of my agile, devops, and other articles. If you missed them, you can also see Episode 1, Episode 2, and Episode 3.

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Becoming a Transformational CIO from the Best CIO Blog on the Planet!

Social, Agile and Transformation

Every once and a while I receive recognition and participate in a webinar that's worth sharing here with everyone. First, I'm very proud that this blog, Social, Agile, and Transformation was recently listed as the #1 blog for CIOs and a top blog on agile software development.

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10 Questions before starting a Machine Learning POC

Social, Agile and Transformation

37% of organizations have implemented artificial intelligence in some form according to Gartner. Since AI is a a broad category of algorithms covering cognitive, natural language, pattern recognition and other areas, I suspect the number of organizations experimenting with machine learning or deep learning is a lot smaller. Yet there are daily stories of different organizations benefiting. agile data AI big data data management data scientist innovation leadership

3 Expert Questions to Focus on Winning Digital Transformations

Social, Agile and Transformation

About a year ago, around this time a year, I spoke to a CIO about how to best kickoff digital transformation initiatives. His question, "How do I start? How do I find opportunities that will make a business impact and have the potential to drive transformation?"

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Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.