The CIO has a to-do list that seems never-ending. They receive demands for innovation, must keep up with their own day-to-day operations, and engage their peers. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels explores some tips that will help to keep the CIO’s to-do list from becoming an unstoppable beast. There are four tactics to follow in an effort to manage a grueling to-do list:
- Take a pragmatic approach to planning.
- Review priorities.
- Meet new people to generate new ideas.
- Match leading research with weekly targets.
CIOs are busy people, and it is often difficult for them to manage the present and the future. Long-term goals are vital because they keep the business sustainable and profitable. Short-term goals are just as important too, but they can often get in the way of completing the long-term. The CIO needs to prioritize what the business needs first, and then look to tackling short-term problems as they may come about.
Nick Hopkinson, CIO at Devon Partnership NHS Trust, emphasizes that day-to-day concerns cannot be the CIO’s only priority. This line of thinking will only lead to failure. Priorities should be revisited frequently, and constantly adjusted so that they align with shifting business needs.
CIOs are too often bogged down with the tasks of technology enough that they neglect communications with their C-suite peers. Conversations with other executives in the business will dramatically help the CIO to better align their priorities with the business needs.
Lastly, one of the benefits of being a part of a larger organization is the capability to set longer-term goals. Colin Lees, CIO at BT Business, epitomizes this ideal with his technology roadmap that spans three years down the line. He gets input form the research team that helps for him to create this wonderfully planned roadmap. This relationship is crucial for his own success.
You can read the original article here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/is-your-to-do-list-stopping-you-from-getting-anything-done/