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8 Speed Dating Questions for IT to Ask the Business

Okay, so we understand that getting to know the enterprise is not exactly like speed dating. But Ryan Ogilvie for Service Management Journey thinks it is a good way to approach the task of familiarizing yourself with the business unit, and we tend to agree. Just imagine you’re sitting across the table from an attractive, intelligent person. Don’t be nervous. It will work out just fine.

8 for the Date

What do you do for a living? Understand your job better by getting the in depth scoop on what the business does. You may find that their definition of what they do has some key differences from what you previously thought.

Where did you grow up? The business has a past, a history just like any person. Many things that were previously perplexing will come to light when you understand where your business is coming from.

Name something about yourself that is unique. Some unique qualities of the business are not advertised on their web page or company website. Do some investigation into what goes on behind the scenes.

What was your previous relationship like? Get some insight into previous relationships between IT and the business. This is a great way to avoid repeating the mistakes that others made in the past.

What are you looking for in a partner? Find out what your business wants out of the relationship. In other words, discover what they expect from IT. 

What do you like to do with your time? Every business is different and has its own set of priorities. Knowing their particular approach is important for aligning your interests and the interests of IT.

What have you achieved in your life so far? The accomplishments of the business are important too. If you want to get an idea for how compatible your interests are, this is one way.

Where do want to be in the future? The time component is always important when establishing a new relationship. Try to get a sense for where they want to be in a year, five years, or ten. You can then establish your goals accordingly.

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About Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., pursuing his master's degree in communications at Penn State University.

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