Limitations of System Thinking: Confessions of an Enterprise Architect

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Written by: Neil Brown

We need to have a word about systems, and that word is ‘no’.  If ever there was a term that was more over-used and less helpful, I’ve yet to hear it.  I redden to recall how many systems diagrams I have personally drawn in my career, and how many architectural discussions I’ve attended…

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IT Project Manager or Superhero?

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Written by: Dan Biggs

The following is only my opinion, which you are free to disagree with.

Project Managers in the IT world must work harder than in any other field.

Modern project management was born out of the Civil Engineering and Heavy Defence activity in the 1950’s when core engineering fields came together to work as one. This has obviously moved in to the IT world…

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Implementing Flexible Work

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Written by: Scott Adams

“69% of professionals in NZ state that work life balance, including flexible working, is their top priority when seeking a new role.” ¹

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How Preparing for a 600km Tramp Compares with Preparing for a Major Project

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Written by: Colin Anderson

A few years back I decided I needed some time our from my busy schedule and post-earthquake dramas. I have always found heading into the back country is particularly good for the soul…

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Change in the dark, a chance to do things differently

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Written by: Neil Brown

It seems not just possible, but likely, that much good will come from our COVID confinement. We may all be thankful for the chance to rethink priorities – personal and professional. In the past, I might have wasted a lot of this extra time playing PC Strategy games – a terrible weakness of mine.

As it is, during lockdown, I have spent a great deal of time gardening, walking with the wife and planning out a rainwater gathering system to rival the fabled ‘hanging gardens of Babylon’.

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Kick Start Your Post-Lockdown With No Prevarication

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Written by: Dan Biggs

Ask the Specialists and Don’t Prevaricate

After prevaricating for years around a pain in my hip, I took myself to a specialist who identified early onset of Arthritis and recommended having it replaced. My initial reaction was one of concern around both the procedure and on-going effect. So I read some information on the internet and found the advice conflicting and not very helpful, so I consulted the specialists…

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Info-Tech 2020 Trends Report

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Discover what’s trending for 2020…

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Innovative Kiwi

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Written by: Scott Adams

Cunning as a CIO

Some offerings to the brave CIO who would like to transform their orginisation through IT led innovation.

Is innovation in our Kiwi DNA?

There are many good reasons for going to Invercargill, but a really good reason is to go to the E Hayes & Sons Hardware Store which stores Burt Munro’s fastest Indian motorcycle in it’s dual role as a place to buy a hammer and a museum to two wheels. Putting aside the brilliance of its resting location Burt’s Indian represents Kiwi innovativeness at its core. Burt created success by using ingenuity, as well as cunning, and fortitude that we should celebrate and encourage more of. It isn’t easy to achieve innovative success and arguably it is harder as a CIO than it should be.

 

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We want this! And that! And we want it now!

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Written by: Craige Benjamin

How To Align IT Strategy With Business Expectations

“CIO” may no longer stand for “Career Is Over”, with Chief Information Officer tenure at around 4.5 years on average, just below the 5.3 years average across the C-suite. Many IT Execs are moving between industries too, with Digital Transformation being the trend du jour driving much of this movement.

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Creating a Change Ready Culture

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As digital technology solutions and vendor expertise continues to mature, managing the deployment of new software solutions becomes less risky from a technology point of view. At a reasonable cost, you can spin up a virtual environment to prove the concept, provide training, and prepare for production release.

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