Map - Strategy, Operations and Performance Measurement - 5 Simple Actionable Phases

There is a lot of sophisticated writing on Strategy Management, Operational Planning and Performance Measurement. In this post, I present a simple, actionable Map on these topics. The content of this post will also be released in the form of a single Infographic to Newsletter subscribers on 15 December 2017. 

Trends - The Future of Legal Services (International Bar Association Report)

The International Bar Association recently released a Phase I Report on Drivers for Change in Legal Services. If you look at the Table of contents, it is a literature review done quite scientifically with computer assisted methods (such as Natural Language Search & Processing technologies). You can access the report here or watch the 20 mins video here. Why would this Phase I Report be a missed opportunity?

Digital Transformation Starts with Why -- I bet you never heard that one

"Start with Why!" We all have heard that one. Simon Sinek made it famous in his book and TED Talk and Stephen Covey also made it indirectly popular in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People  in Habit 2 "Begin with the End in Mind". What would this habit mean in relation to Digital Transformation?

I believe successful digital transformation journeys are best built on solid strategic planning. That planning requires the following: 

  1. A clear and meaningful Vision 
  2. A logically related Mission
  3. An assumed Statement of Values
  4. Supporting Stories

The 2005-2006 Information Management Now Blog

In 2005, the read-writable web, software as a service (SaaS), blogs, wikis and RSS feeds were fairly new. I started a blog on Information Management which tied neatly with my lifelong interestsThe blog was titled Information Management Now. Fast forward to 2017. I am resuming an online presence after more than ten years of absence. In doing so, I thought it would be fitting to bridge the old with the new so I curated my old blog and imported the few following posts from the old blog.

[former 2005 blog] Why Defining Requirements is Not Good Enough

Once upon a time, the mainframe was. The mainframe hosted complex corporate applications that required a very disciplined and sequential approach to requirements definition. In particular, it required requirements to be fully flushed out before coding began. Changing requirements en route was a big no-no and (mostly) constituted a too expensive proposition. That era is gone (...) The generally accepted approach in software development now calls for iterative (or evolutive) development.

[former 2005 blog] Government of Canada IM Day 2006 | Web 2.0 "Track"

Last week, the planning committee of the Fall 2006 Government of Canada "Information Management Day" (GC IM Day) met, and we flushed out some ideas on what topics to put on the schedule. In our current planning, one track will have the "Leading" flavour, in the sense of leading change, and that one or two sessions under that track will specifically deal with Web 2.0 implementations in the Government of Canada - existing, proposed and suggested.

[former 2005 blog] The Relationship Between Business and IT

I suggest that their paper points to a missing piece in the organizational picture: an intermediary function, or person or Department, providing the necessary interface between IT and the business. Such people know the language of the business and of IT. In a law firm, for example, this person might be a lawyer with a strong IT background, knowledge and interest. This allows business users to remain focused on their business and IT staff to remain committed and engaged in IT problem solving without the unfair added responsibility to tackle the whole IM Problem Space.

[former 2005 blog] Information Management as a Unified Discipline

Until quite recently, Information Management (IM) practitioners have practiced their craft in isolation. Typical stereotypes and perceptions often portrayed records managers belonging to the basement, IT specialists in high paced I can do anything settings, Librarians in I go on managing my collections and serials mindsets and business users in why does IT not solve my problems as expected exasperations. This era is coming to an end. Why? The commoditization of IT, the increasing pressure to achieve better cost-efficiency and higher management expectations are forcing IM to reorganize itself into a coherent field of practice. IM is becoming more “unified” or “integrated”.

[former 2005 blog] Inaugural Post - Information Management Now!

In 2005, when blogs were still relatively new, I started a blog on Information Management. This inspiration for that blog was summarized in this head note:

So much stuff on information management, content management, information technology, data management, records management, library management... But how does it all come together? Where to find an "Information Management Body of Knowledge"? (IMBOK)

For the sake of continuity, I am importing here a few posts from that old blog to give my readers a sense of continuity from the old Information Management paradigm to the new Digital Transformation paradigm.

Here follows the inaugural "Information Management Now" post.