Joe Stump on Lens.ly, a project by Mokriya

Rajesh Setty

Most recently, Joe served as the CTO of SimpleGeo and now he is dedicating his time to Sprint.ly. Mokriya , a company that I am very close to recently released a photo app for iPad called Lens.ly.

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Pushing Past Your Comfort Zone

Lead Change Blog

In December 2011, I was selected as CTO ? I had access to some key technical expertise in the organization, and I could leverage their expertise in completing the project. The project was successfully concluded in a year. My journey on this project and transition taught me some key lessons: 1. All of us recognize that to develop in our careers we must push out of our comfort zone. The willingness to swim upstream must be strong, as it requires taking risk.

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Are You A Bonus Delivery Officer?

Rich Gee Group

Or a CMO, COO, CIO, CTO or any other C-Level title. Your primary role in your position is not to deliver on projects, motivate the team, present information, or hob-nob with the hoi-poloi. You’re not a CEO. You’re not a GVP, AVP, MVP or VP.

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How Much do Software Developers Make in 2019?

Strategy Driven

The right software engineer will help ensure your development projects don’t fail , which attributes to their high demand and salary requirements.

Learning The Keys To Exceptional Execution

Tanveer Naseer

Michael is a website designer who works on many high profile online projects. Guibert Englebienne, co-founder and CTO of Globant told me, “When you find unique talent, recruit it. The following is a guest piece by best-selling author Kevin Kelly.

To Drive Digital Transformation, Focus on People

Strategy Driven

Humans have been able to organize large numbers of people into a common mission and execute amazing things, from conquering armies to astonishing constructions project like the pyramids.

Team Building Agenda: Kick-off Program for IT Leadership Team

Mike Cardus

Measurement Each IT Director will have working knowledge of the ‘ 7 Steps to High Performance Teams ’ this will be illustrated through content discussions about the model and each director determining where an existing team in on a project and steps to move the team to the next step.

Why Agile Goes Awry — and How to Fix It

Harvard Business Review

It is no wonder that the CTO of this company said, “my engineers feel like short order cooks in the back of a diner.” Project management Motivating people Technology Operations management Digital ArticlePeter Dazeley/Getty Images.

Whose Job Is It to Manage Freelancers?

Harvard Business Review

Most organizations aren’t good at project management , and fewer still have a well-defined and structured protocol for engaging and managing agile talent other than contractually. One approach that 10X has recommended is creating a roving CTO or project managers.

How to Tell If You’re Delegating Too Much — and What to Do About It

Harvard Business Review

Everyone knows leaders should delegate to ensure that they are working on the right projects and deliverables. Take on a symbolic project. One CTO I coached realized he’d been delegating too much because he no longer had proper visibility into what his teams were working on.

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11 Ideas for Economic Recovery

Strategy Driven

One retail CTO summed it up well at a recent SAS event when he said, “We don’t want to just struggle through and be hanging by our fingertips when the economy recovers. StrategyDriven effective executives, efficient employees Home About The StrategyDriven Organization Our Company Our Contributors Karen K. Juliano Howard T. Dickens Jr. Lucas D. Ives Sharon Drew Morgen Hank Moore Jamie P.

IT Governance is Killing Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Some of the key challenges: Companies don''t identify the very best ideas for investment because most capital allocation processes start with business partners'' existing ideas about projects to fund. Prioritize Capabilities, not Projects. The New CTO: Chief Transformation Officer.

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What's Your Medal Tally? – Behind the Scenes of myPicks | Rajesh Setty

Rajesh Setty

Here’s what I found out from Pramati’s Co-founder & CTO Vijay Prasanna Pullur. We started this project about 8 weeks ago. HELLO THERE AND WELCOME. You are a new visitor to this blog.

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How Self-Managed Teams Can Resolve Conflict

Harvard Business Review

Can’t agree on how to prioritize projects, or on which deadlines need to shift? As Etsy CTO John Allspaw says , people are “the most expert in their own error. In a traditional team structure, conflicts can be escalated to the boss to resolve. Ask the team leader to step in and make a call. Think a coworker is acting snarky, or that their work is too sloppy? Advise the manager to give them some feedback. But for flat or self-managed teams, that’s not an option.

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A Board Director's Perspective on What IT Has to Get Right

Harvard Business Review

For mature, large-scale, multinational companies, there is a virtuous cycle of efficiency improvements that frees up resources, which can then be deployed for growth and innovation projects. The biggest opportunities for these companies are simplification and horizontal integration projects.

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To Come Up with a Good Idea, Start by Imagining the Worst Idea Possible

Harvard Business Review

They applied her discoveries to an Autodesk research project called Primordial, and at McManus’s urging, it was Lisa who presented the project to 400 top executives and clients. He had her sit next to the CEO, and enabled her to wander around and ask questions to everyone, including the CEO and the CTO. He asked her to teach him stuff, and had her give the big presentation at the end of the project.

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A 5-Part Process for Using Technology to Improve Your Talent Management

Harvard Business Review

And because organizational change tends to be driven by those who most acutely feel the pain, it’s often line managers who are the strongest champions for “talent tech”: innovations in how firms hire people, staff projects, evaluate performance, and develop talent. ” The company organized a series of road shows that exposed high-potential managers to new developments in AI and enabled them to propose and run with projects of their own.

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Leading Innovation Is the Art of Creating “Collective Genius” - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM HBS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Harvard Business Review

Blindsided by news that Cars Toons was behind schedule, coauthor Brandeau had to figure out how to finish both projects on time with limited computing resources while also limiting friction among the forces. Executive education students at Harvard Business School.

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C'mon, IT Leaders. Take a Chance!

Harvard Business Review

Execution risk: A wrong execution model or poor execution can make a project run too long and cost too much, leading to a total loss of focus and a reduction in value creation. Almost half of IT projects run over budget and about 56 percent deliver less value than predicted.

How to Manage People Who Are Smarter than You

Harvard Business Review

’” Project confidence, but not too much. Even if it sometimes feels as if you’re in over your head, it’s important to project the right amount of confidence. The best managers hire smart people to work for them.

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The First 90 Days in a New CIO Position

Harvard Business Review

The following are a few key areas on which I''ve focused in my first 90 days that I think would be valuable for other new CIOs to consider as they plan for their own organizations'' future: Create a Sound Service and Project Management Framework. The New CTO: Chief Transformation Officer.

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Reversing the Curse of Dominant Logic

Harvard Business Review

Immediate and radical change within small teams spearheading projects from the bottom up. Radical goals such as this one apply constraints to a project — and the constraints illuminate novel ways of thinking. Paliwal not only thwarted the coup, he supported Lawande's leadership and even made him the new CTO. Western multinationals — especially the most successful ones — consistently struggle to achieve their growth targets in emerging markets.

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Why Can't a CIO Be More Like a CFO?

Harvard Business Review

Given this failure to establish responsibility and accountability, it is also not surprising that most ECM projects fail, and a large percentage of IT projects generally fail to realize their potential or go well over budget. They have remained, instead, CTO''s.

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Get the Most Out of Your Board

Harvard Business Review

Many not-for-profit board members work on various special projects or white papers with disparate members of the staff. For example, the CTO of DonorsChoose is in regular contact with board member Jeff Weiner , the CEO of Linkedin. Sometimes the best way to re-imagine the use of an asset is to think about it as your only asset. Imagine slashed budgets, a hiring freeze, a tough competitive landscape, and unreasonable time constraints (or perhaps you don't have to imagine this state).

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Leading Innovation Is the Art of Creating “Collective Genius” - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM HBS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Harvard Business Review

The book, Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation , was written by Hill, the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration, with Greg Brandeau, former CTO of The Walt Disney Studios and current COO/president of Media Maker; Emily Truelove, a PhD candidate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management; and Kent Lineback, Hill’s cowriter on, Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Good Leader.

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The One Unbreakable Rule in Business Writing

Harvard Business Review

For example, if you want clients for your CTO coaching business, then chief technology officers (and the people who know them) are your audience. Generally speaking, people actively share writing (or anything) if it makes them look smart or successful, they got a lot of value from it, or it somehow projects an identity they want to broadcast to the world. People do not share things that make them look or feel stupid, project an undesirable image, or are hard to explain.

Act Like a Leader Before You Are One

Harvard Business Review

Show her that you''re willing to pick up the baton on important projects." It doesn''t have to be an intense, months-long project. Another way to prove your potential is to take on projects in the " white space."

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Do You Have the IT For the Coming Digital Wave?

Harvard Business Review

Company and unit leaders need to ensure that IT is in a leading position on all key digital projects. Different standards of project and portfolio management are also required with more flexibility in demand management and budgeting methods. The New CTO: Chief Transformation Officer.

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The Brief and Fascinating History of What You’re Wearing and Where It Gets Made

Harvard Business Review

For a time, having a BlackBerry was the ultimate status symbol in business, as well as the ultimate addiction: One former global account manager recalls a CTO referring to the blinking red light as "digital heroin." The inventions, Antonio Regalado writes in Technology Review , range from automated cars to balloon-based data networks to images of keypads that can be projected onto a user''s hand.

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What to Do When Your Peer Becomes Your Boss

Harvard Business Review

You may be able to get projects more easily approved or bend her ear when you have an idea.” ” You might help them get organized, shape their vision, strategy, and goals, or volunteer to tackle a particular project that would help them have a significant impact in a short period of time, says Watkins. Ankit became CTO. Marion Barraud for HBR. Your colleague just got a promotion. Now, instead of being your peer, she’s your boss.

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The Chief Innovation Officer’s 100-Day Plan

Harvard Business Review

This should go without saying, but it’s vitally important to develop relationships with the CEO, business unit leaders, and other key executives to understand the company’s strategy, so that the innovation approach and projects you pursue align with overall corporate goals. So don’t be afraid to ask why a decision-making meeting ran the way it did or challenge the wisdom of pursuing a certain strategy or project. Congratulations!

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How IBM, Intuit, and Rich Products Became More Customer-Centric

Harvard Business Review

Charlie Hill , Distinguished Engineer and CTO, IBM Design, told us, “To deliver fundamentally different and better user experiences, designers want to take a step back and observe users actually doing their jobs. How well do you know your customers?

What It Takes to Become a Great Product Manager

Harvard Business Review

” Self-awareness: PMs must be self-aware so as to remain objective and avoid projecting their own preferences onto users of their products. Pros: A streamlined prioritization process that values technical debt and plumbing projects; better design processes leading to a more positive user experience; higher performing teams with improved product velocity, quality, and, typically, happier customers. Aron Vellekoop Len/Getty Images.

CMOs and CIOs Need to Get Along to Make Big Data Work

Harvard Business Review

The CMO and CIO (and potentially the CTO) must bring complete transparency to the process. Don’t be afraid to fail, but keep the projects and teams small enough at first to both fail and learn quickly. A global telecoms company recently decided to do what many companies are doing: figure out how to turn big data into big profits.

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The Professional’s Guide to a Stress-Free Vacation

Harvard Business Review

Let key colleagues and clients know that you will be away, and either pause your projects or ready them for a temporary handover. Leave projects behind. He alerted his executive team that he would be gone, and tapped his co-founder and CTO as the final voice for any decisions that needed to be made. There’s lots of advice out there about how to disconnect from work and return to the office refreshed. But what’s the right vacation approach for you?

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