Category Archives: Consulting Excellence

Leadership … Taking the lead when you need to

My daughter (working in an office job now) posed the following question on Facebook last night. “How did it come to be that stereotypical group dynamics acknowledge the loudest, most social and conversationally dominating person in the room as a … Continue reading

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You’ve Got Mail… and more mail, and more mail and ..

This year marks the time where I change my CV from “20+” years of experience to “30+” years of experience as it passes 3 decades since I first transitioned from a passionate computer hobby to making real money in IT. … Continue reading

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Kevin Turner@ Microsoft – is KT the new SteveB?

I was in the Microsoft office in Aug 2005 when the announcement of Kevin Turner’s (KT) appointment to COO was made. Like many others I had quizzical look when everyone found out he was from Wal-Mart and wondered what the … Continue reading

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Why is Enterprise Architecture failing?

First of all I am not talking about the chief architect, application architect, solution architect or technical architects. These are well-defined roles that have specific deliverables and have been in existence for many, many years. The EA however is a … Continue reading

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What’s your GQ?

No I am not referring to a subscription to Gentlemen’s Quarterly. Like an IQ or the softer EQ, the GQ is the Governance Quotient. Specifically how much complexity is an organization capable of governing before it falls over and becomes … Continue reading

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Everything you need to know about the CLOUD in one short blog post…

Everyone is talking about the CLOUD but it is really not a cloud but CLOUDS. If you want to take an application from your datacenter and have someone else run it you need an IaaS Cloud. Infrastructure as a Service, … Continue reading

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Learning from Other’s Mistakes– The Power of the Anti-Pattern

Definition An Anti-Pattern describes a commonly occurring solution to a problem that generates decidedly negative consequences. You would think that an IT book written in 1998 would be grossly out of date by now. The book Anti-Patterns: Refactoring Software, Architectures, … Continue reading

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People with ODSS–What’s the cure?

ODSS. Despite significant diagnosis and study, it appears that no one has yet determined what causes the on-set of ODSS. It has been postulated that  it is a genetic pre-disposition to ODSS, however there is no scientific evidence to support … Continue reading

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The waning world of the Individual Meritocracy, eclipsed by the NETocracy.

There is an old saying “it’s not what you know, but who you know”  that was used to explain the nepotistic hiring practices of some organizations.  Today a new hiring paradigm could be restated as “it’s not what you know, … Continue reading

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Self-Marketing – the Advantages and Perils of Social Networking.

  It is obvious to most consultants that keeping an on-line presence in networks like Linkedin is beneficial. You grow your business network with colleagues you have worked with and provide a profile for future clients/employers/partners to peruse. You can … Continue reading

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