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​Make it so! Agile is not an instruction

Jenny Beresford | March 8, 2016
View from the bridge: Musings of a reconstructed CIO.

If on the other had you have sent out the ‘make it so’ instruction and retreated up the one-way lift to the executive floor, into your office and behind your minions to wait for news from the heralds (aka the PMO) once a month, you have just failed the agile test. Go home now.

To make IT more agile, first we must make the CIO agile. I say: CIO, reconstruct yourself.

Over the next few months, I’ll write a column musing on the travails of the Captain Jean-Luc Picard CIO and how to make yourself an agile CIO. Agile is a mindset, not an instruction. Make it so.

Jenny Beresford is a research director with Gartner's CIO Advisory team. Previously, she served as a CIO, VP and GM in consulting and technology firms, an agile coach and a digital program manager, through to hands-on roles in strategic planning, change management, innovation, enterprise architecture and portfolio management.


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