Fresh Links Sundae – October 13, 2013 Edition

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-sundae-image13526471Fresh Links Sundae encapsulates information I have come across during the past week. Often they are from the people whose work I admire or resonate with me. More importantly, I picked these articles to help my fellow IT professionals be more successful. I hope you will find these ideas thought-provoking at the minimum. Even better, I hope these ideas will, over time, help my fellow IT pros make better decisions, be awesome, and kick ass!

More and more workplaces are demanding more hours from the employees far beyond the typical 40-hour week. If you are in one of those organizations and need to cope with it, Bob Lewis has some insight to share. Escaping the toxic workplace (IS Survivor Publishing)

With enterprises being more software driven than ever, George Colony believes that technology management leaders must not only continue to manage the traditional IT but also need to make large strides on managing BT (business technology). Tech Management in the Age of the Customer (Forrester Blogs)

With ITSM concepts and frameworks in existence for over 20 years, most people thought we probably have reached a plateau in term of squeezing more productivity out of ITSM efforts. Allen Houpt advocates that more productivity can still be had and suggests 10 tips to reduce service costs in a webcast. The Little “ITSM” Engine That Could (CA Service Management)

As a follow-up to a recent discussion in the Software Asset Management group on LinkedIn, Rory Canavan presents a detailed process model for Corporate Governance for a successful SAM implementation. Process of the Month – Corporate Governance Process (The ITAM Review)

As the cloud and big data trends develop, jargons and buzzwords have made them difficult for people to understand the real issues behind those trends. Jeremy Bergsman talks about how data protection and third-party risk management should be addressed in order to master the cloud and big data trends. Are Buzzwords Clouding Your Judgment? (CEB’s IT Blog)

When it comes to creating a strong foundation for customer loyalty management, Ted Rubin believes that your customer service department plays the most important role. He recommends four approaches to leverage your customer service team for effectively turning customers into fans. Customer Loyalty Management via the Customer Service Silo [] (Straight Talk)

Empowerment is a noble notion where people are given the opportunity to fully leverage their capability and contribute to their organizations. For some under-performing individuals, Rob England suggests that “empowering” people can sometime means setting them up for failure. Empowering the hopeless (The IT Skeptic)

In an IT project, a business analyst will often need to create a functional specification. Laura Brandenburg explains what a functional specification is and what information goes into it. What Goes Into a Functional Specification? (Bridging the Gap)

Mitch Joel believes that many people are doing it wrong when it comes to preparing for a public speech. He recommends a 22-step approach on how to prepare for one. How To Give A Great Presentation (Seriously) (Six Pixels of Separation)

After spending three years managing a recent start-up, Jeff Nolan wrote a series of blog posts to document the lessons learned as well as what worked and did not. Startup Lessons Learned: Hiring; Startup Lessons: Dynamic Org Structures; Startups Lessons: Product First; Startup Lessons: Marketing; Startup Lessons: Board Management; Startup Lessons: Tough Decisions (Enterprise Irregulars)

Fresh Links Sundae – June 23, 2013 Edition

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image9076544Fresh Links Sundae encapsulates information I have come across during the past week. They maybe ITSM related or not quite. Often they are from the people whose work resonates with me, and I hope you will find them at least thought-provoking or something of value.

Just graduated and looking for a job? Bob Lewis has some excellent insights on how to position yourself to get the job. I think the same suggestions can also be beneficial to the more experienced job seekers. Commencement 2013 (IS Survivor Publishing)

Robert Stroud advocates that the meaningful IT metrics are those used to run the business. He suggests some questions to ask when creating dashboards to help drive business outcomes. Metrics to Drive Outcomes of Business Value! (CA Technologies)

Based on the feedback he received from a recent Forrester forum, George Colony outlines ten suggestions on how to use technology to win customers. 10 Things The CEO Can Do To Drive Digital (Forrester Blogs)

In IT,  we implement many processes to solve various problems or requests that come along. Patrick Gray points out that questioning and understanding why we perform a process in the first place is just as essential as assembling the process. Is your shop corrupted by unnecessary processes? (TechRepublic)

Asking the question of whether what he is sharing via the social media actually has any value to others, Tobias Nyberg explains why we should be selective with what we share. Do you clog your social media channels with useless crap? (The ITSM Review)

In an increasingly hyper-connected world with social media, Bret Simmons advocates the absolute necessity of operational excellence for any business. Operational Excellence (Positive Organizational Behavior)

Jim Taggart believes the top-down, compliance-oriented communication style is not as effective today as it was. He argues that today’s leaders should focus on an enrollment mindset where people follow an individual towards a shared vision. Creating Your Leadership Footprint through the Practice of LESS is MORE (ChangingWinds)

It’s hard to fix or improve something if you don’t know what is broken. Seth Godin reminds us that we should take the effort to understand fully what metrics in our businesses truly matters. Ping me when it’s broken (Seth’s Blog)

All other things being equal, what skills will help someone rise above the leadership pack? Marshall Goldsmith explains why the higher up you go – the more important your people skills become. Nice Guys Can Finish First (Marshall Goldsmith Personal Blog)

Here is an inspiring and uplifting story to close out the post. Susan Cramm shares her observations about the program Workforce Opportunity Services, which helps underserved young men and women gain access to educational and workplace opportunities for rewarding and robust careers. A Workplace Love Story (about Consulting) (Strategy+Business)

Fresh Links Sundae – March 11, 2012 Edition

Fresh Links Sundae encapsulates some pieces of information I have come across during the past week. They maybe ITSM related or not entirely. Often they are from the people whose work I admire, and I hope you will find something of value.

Robert Stroud commented on a recent released white paper on ITIL study from APMG and asked the question. Is ITIL still delivering the value? What the data tells us (The post also contains the link to download the study whitepaper) (CA on Service Management)

Jeff Wayman at ITSM Lens discussed and highlighted the fact that an ITSM initiative is very much a people endeavor, with the process and tools, while still important, playing more of a secondary role. 10 Reasons Why Your ITIL Implementation Will Fail (ITSM Lens)

Troy DuMoulin authored an excellent whitepaper on “Top 10 Considerations For Successful ITSM Programs” Check out Pink Elephant’s PinkLINK newsletter to download the whitepaper. (Pink Elephant)

Stephen Mann talked about mobile device management and how it relates to his message of “Support the people not the technology.” Enabling Customer Mobility: Why Current Mobile Device Management Thinking Is Flawed (Stephen Mann’s Blog)

Bob Sutton gave an example of when a good boss would intervene when something goes wrong. FUBAR, SNAFU, Fast Company, and Good Bosses (Bob Sutton)

George Colony, Forrester CEO, wrote about his observation from attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. 14 Things I Learned At Davos 2012 (The Counterintuitive CEO)

Finally, nine links in one post and full of experts’ opinions on what’s to come. I listed three just for fun, and you can find more in the post. Big Data Predictions and Opportunities for 2012 from the Experts (Evolven Blog)

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