Digital Transformation: The Challenge of Company-Wide Alignment

Most company leaders are aligned on WHY they need to transform digitally.  Some are aligned on WHAT “digital transformation” really means. But very few are aligned, across the company, on HOW to orchestrate and execute digital transformation. If company leaders had any lingering hesitation about fully committing to the need for fundamental technology-enabled transformation, the […]

Building a ‘Team-of-Teams’ Culture in IT

Sky divers in team formation with arms linked. Team-of-teams culture in IT may require a new operating model but not a new organizational model.

The traditional hierarchical organizational structure in which most of us continue to work is a remnant of the early industrial age. This management approach was developed in the early twentieth century to address business efficiency and profitability in business cycles measured in years.  Typical working environments in enterprises of the day involved applying many linear […]

Back To The Future Series: Alignment

Charlie Feld discussing alignment. Video

Charlie Feld has always stressed the importance of making sure leaders have a shared vision throughout a transformation. 20 years ago, I had the good fortune to work for a company where Charlie Feld was the CIO and I can share first hand the positive impact of maintaining this alignment. Charlie spent much of his […]

Enterprise Architecture – Beyond Frameworks and Standards

dark blue, black, green digitized image. Enterprise architecture beyond frameworks and standards.

In his ongoing series about Thriving in Dynamic Times, Charlie Feld recently wrote about the importance of Architectural Principles and Architectural Outcomes.  In that article, he emphasized the need to “make the call” – avoiding endless debates on architectural decisions and getting on with the business of implementation. But once enterprise architects have made the […]

Common Traits Of Great Enterprise Architects

Enterprise Architects. Just think about that for a second. Also, consider what people around the organization think when they hear the words…Enterprise Architect. What comes to mind? That depends on who you are and what organization you belong to. It’s one of the more interesting questions I ask when talking with business leaders. Here is […]

IT Leaders Can Learn to be Game Changers

Two men discussing information technology issues at The Feld Group Institute

The Feld Group Institute (TFGI) is a leadership development organization with one mission: To help complex, enterprise-scale, legacy corporations achieve IT-enabled business transformation. The Institute provides training, mentoring and comprehensive support from a network of experienced IT operating leaders and management strategists. Together, we serve executives with a special focus on current and next-generation IT […]

Structuring a World-Class IT Organization

Woman executive leading meeting.

Creating a world-class Information Technology department requires more than scrum masters, servers, tablets, software, IoT, artificial intelligence and the technology lingo of the day – Cloud, Bi-Modal, Containers, DevOps, Agile. All of these are useful and have a place. However, we often lean on these new technologies and technology fads so much that we tend […]