Perhaps Mike Tyson summarised this best (or at least most brutally) when he said, "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."
Stories by Owen McCall
Owen McCall: 'How to transform technology from a negative disruptive force to a positive opportunity'
In my previous column, I wrote, when it comes to digital, always start with ‘why’! But what if your organisation doesn't have a clearly defined purpose?
When considering the impact of new and emerging technology on our business, we need to start our enquiry from a deep understanding of why our organisation exists in the first place.
Most commentators report that 50 per cent of our projects fail. Until we change these statistics, we will continue to struggle to deliver to our organisations and we will struggle to be taken seriously in the executive room.
What to do when IT is seen as 'the department of no'
The CIO role is complex and difficult, and if you hope to be successful in the long-term you need to look after yourself, writes Owen McCall.
Owen McCall illustrates how Stephen Covey's classic work can help CIOs with the task of creating value from IT.
There are a lot of parallels between the California gold rush and what is going on today in the rush to digital, writes Owen McCall.
You are unlikely to create greatness simply by replicating others. It's the business equivalent of ‘keeping up with the Joneses’.
It is very difficult if not impossible to design a jigsaw puzzle by getting independent actors to design certain pieces only and then expect them to work together - yet that is what a lot of organisations today are doing with their business technology systems.
...and when the system goes live users are expected to perform flawlessly.
“Here is a technology, it's really cool, now, let's identify a problem that we might be able to ‘hit’ with this technology.” Sounds familiar?
Waiting for four hours for a three-minute Harry Potter theme park ride gave me prime insights on working with Gen Y.
Most teams try and do everything, please everyone. Owen McCall discusses why this can impede the goal to build a world class IT team.
Businesses can learn from the principles espoused by a doctor and educator that changed the game for schools at the start of the 20th century – and continues to today.