Politicians have debated the need for immigrants to be able to speak English. I don’t really want a piece of that debate, but, maybe CIOs need to be able to speak English – or more specifically, speak
I recently had the pleasure of hearing a Gartner Analyst, Richard Hunter, talk about the merits of CIOs speaking and measuring their performance in terms that the business understands. I explained to him that at NASA, we would understand that to mean CIOs should speak and measure in terms that “the
I was talking to one of my colleagues at Goddard not too long ago; a very smart gentleman, Dr. J. I was telling him that one of the things that we need to do strategically is establish (and live in) a federated architecture to help us define and identify our “as-is” state, our “to-be” state, and develop our IT Capital Plan for how we are going to get to the “to-be” state in terms of our business, applications, data, and technology infrastructure. He nodded politely with approval and thus affirmed in my mind that indeed I was a very smart CIO. Then he said to me that was all well and good, and a great idea, but what we really need is something that documents what we have, documents our mission requirements, and gives us a plan for how to meet the mission requirements – then we just need to figure out if we can afford it. Gulp. Isn’t that what I just said?
I had a flashback to an encounter I had in a store. I ran into Sanford Speight, a former classmate of mine in Mr. Cave’s eighth-grade Latin class. After 30 years, I was surprised I still recognized him and called out his name. I reminded him that I was in his Latin class at
I got a real lesson from Dr. J. that day and from
Hunter emphasized this in his discussions with us. CIOs who successfully deliver business (
Linda Y. Cureton
Linda Y. Cureton