How to IT Strategy
By Richard Sage
How to IT StrategyJun 02, 2021
Strategy drives strategy drives strategy
In this episode we discuss the scenario where you need to create an IT Strategy but there is a lack of clarity around the Business strategy that should necessarily inform the IT Strategy, what do you do?
IT Strategy Elevator Pitch
In this episode we discuss why it can be useful to think about what your IT Strategy ‘elevator pitch’ is and how you can make sure you’ve got one up your sleeve.
Why IT Strategy?
In this episode we talk about 4 reasons (there are more) why an IT Strategy is essential for any business.
3 Steps to improve your IT Strategy
In this episode we talk through 3 simple steps you can take to improve your IT Strategy
Credit: Episode Photo by Kyle Smith on Unsplash
Why do IT Strategies fail?
In this episode we talk about common reasons why IT Strategies fail, what failure means in the context of IT Strategy and what you can do to avoid common pitfalls and maximise your strategies chance of success
Business Capability Models and IT Strategy
In this Episode we talk about Business Capability models, what they are and why they are useful when you are thinking about and developing your IT Strategy.
Current State IT Architecture
In this Episode we will cover what is essential for us to understand about the IT Current State to ensure we can accurately develop an IT Strategy from the correct starting point. In order to know where we are heading with an IT strategy we first need to know where you are.
Value Streams and IT Strategy
In this Episode we talk about Value Streams, what they are and why you should use them when developing your IT Strategy. Value Streams are an extremely useful technique we should have in our arsenal that can really help inform our understanding of our business and therefore inform our IT Strategy.
Demand Statements and IT Strategy
In this Episode we talk about what i like to call Demand Statements, what they are, why they are useful in developing your IT Strategy and how to create them.
IT Strategy Vision and Mission
In this ‘How to IT Strategy’ episode we discuss how to nail down your IT Strategy Vision and Mission statements, why it’s a good thing to do and techniques we can use to help come up with good ones :)
Assessing your team's ability to execute your IT Strategy
In this episode we discuss techniques that you can use to help you think about your team’s capabilities so that you are clear on areas of deficiency or gaps that will need to be addressed in order to successfully implement your IT Strategy.
IT Strategy Principles
In this Episode we will discuss the value in defining Principles as part of your IT Strategy, we’ll discuss what they are, how they can be used and why you need them.
Structured Interviews: how to optimise learning from stakeholders to inform your IT Strategy
In this episode we’ll discuss techniques to make sure you get the most value out of your time with stakeholders. Stakeholder interviews are an essential source of information to inform your IT strategy and provide rich context about your stakeholders concerns and the organisations culture and prevailing narratives.
Suppliers and IT Strategy
An important part of defining the current state of IT in order to inform your IT Strategy involves developing and making explicit your current supplier landscape. In this episode we talk about 4 key questions to answer about your suppliers and 4 useful techniques you can use to answer them, in order to inform your IT Strategy.
IT Culture and Strategy
In this episode we discuss the importance of understanding company and IT Culture and provide a simple 5 step process to do just that and help inform your strategic thinking and improve the chance of successful IT Strategy execution.
Analysing the business to inform your IT Strategy
In this week’s episode we talk about some techniques that I find useful to analyse and understand your business in order to inform your IT Strategy. The include Business model canvas, Wardley maps, value propositions, value streams and capability models
Stakeholders in IT Strategy
In the previous episode we discussed key things to consider in the mobilisation phase and talked about the importance of effective stakeholder analysis and engagement in creating a great IT Strategy. In this post, we’ll delve a little further into Stakeholder analysis and engagement.
Mobilising the creation of an IT Strategy
In this episode we start to delve into some key things to consider right at the start of your IT Strategy journey, in what I’d term the Mobilisation phase and discuss important elements of mobilisation such as: logisitics, research, communications, stakeholders and more
Do you need Consultants to create a great IT Strategy?
In this episode we discuss what value external consultants might bring to the creation of an IT strategy, some scenarios in which it can work and also some scenarios in which it won't work and the potential pitfalls and impact.
IT Strategy Mistakes
In this episode i talk about 3 examples of mistakes i've made when trying to create great IT Strategies and what i've learnt from those mistakes.
The IT Strategy Creation Process
In this episode I summarise the process i’ve used in multiple companies to create great IT Strategies. that covers Mobilisation, Discovery, Analysis, Creation, Approval and Implementation Planning
What makes a great IT Strategy? What are the essential elements?
In our first episode i set out to very quickly answer the question what is strategy? and then focus in on some essential elements that i believe make a great IT Strategy.