I recently had the opportunity to talk with Terry Doerscher, Expert-In-Residence for Planview, about a topic that seemed to strike a nerve when we hosted the recent Webcast, Positioning Your PMO as a Change Management Office. When we got to the segment in the Webcast on operational alignment the questions from the audience came pouring in. How do I measure alignment in my IT organization? What questions should I ask of the business to get IT aligned? How do I even know if I’m aligned?
So, when I had the chance to talk with Terry, I had to ask him more about this. As we learned from the Planview 2010 PMO 2.0 Trending Survey Report, alignment issues are among the most common of operational hindrances. Departmental silos are the greatest single challenge reported by survey respondents, with 68% characterizing organizational disconnects as a “significant challenge” or “critical problem.” If you are experiencing similar challenges in your IT organization, I invite you to take just a few minutes of your time to listen.
Listen to the podcast as Terry breaks down the elements that make up operational alignment and how you can (and why you should) work to improve your organization’s alignment to begin improving overall operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Are you ready to tackle your IT organization’s alignment challenges? As Terry explains, it may not be as daunting of a challenge as it may seem at first. What do you think? How will you work towards being more aligned with the business? Would you consider your IT organization to be well aligned with the business already? What did you do to get to that point? Let me know what you think! I look forward to hearing from you.