Aligning CIO priorities with Business

How can IT better support Business priorities? CEO’s have real business priorities that need attention, often requiring innovative solutions by CIO’s to enable their strategies and keep up with competitors. However CIO’s often use 60% to 80% of their budget just to maintain legacy systems, with increasingly complex system landscapes and their priorities typically being security…

What makes a good Business Analyst?

Here are some key skills for assessing if a BA’s worth his salt: Self-Starter – can they take initiative and run with a project? Analysis – can they delve into a problem and understand it? Facilitation – can they run workshops with stakeholders? Critical Thinking – can they independently assess input? Communication – how good are their language skills? Presentation…

Agile or Waterfall?

In today’s world, IT budgets are constantly under pressure to deliver more for less, with Agile often claimed to be a method that’s a “silver bullet” for developing applications. In theory, it allows delivering software faster by using less rigour (documentation, planning, checks / balances, etc.) and more client / business interaction with the development team as they go, in iterative…