Finance: ROIC for the Uninitiated

ROIC is the Return On Invested Capital and, simply put, indicates how well a company is using it’s capital. As such, this is a very powerful indicator and forecasting tool for the current and future profitability of a company. However, because of it’s relative complexity, it is often overlooked in favor of simpler metrics. If …

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Human Resource Management for IT Leaders, Part 2

Part 2: Hiring, Developing, and Maintaining High-Quality Talent Human Resource Management for IT Leaders Part 1: The Role Human Resource Management in the IT Department Part 2: Hiring, Developing, and Maintaining High-Quality Talent (this page) Part 3: Maintaining a Healthy Work Environment (pending) Human Resource Management for IT Leaders, Part 2: Introduction Understanding Recruitment Applicant …

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Finance: WACC for the Uninitiated

WACC stands for “Weighted Average Cost of Capital”. WACC is used by investors and analysts, for a variety of purposes including as a way to assess perspective investments. This post is meant to give a very basic overview of what this concept is, and why it is important. The Cost of Capital A company’s capital is …

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Human Resource Management for IT Leaders, Part 1

Part 1: The Role of Human Resource Management in the IT Department Human Resource Management for IT Leaders Part 1: The Role Human Resource Management in the IT Department (this page) Part 2: Hiring, Developing, and Maintaining High-Quality Talent Part 3: Maintaining a Healthy Work Environment (pending) Human Resource Management for IT Leaders, Part 1: …

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Managing IT Strategy in a Non-Technical Organization, Part 3

Part 3: Finalizing Your IT Strategy Managing IT Strategy in Non-Technical Organizations Part 1: Analyzing your IT Environment Part 2: Communicating and Coordinating with Stakeholders Part 3: Finalizing your IT Strategy (This page) Managing IT Strategy in Non-Technical Organizations, Part 2: Introduction Identifying Essential IT Components Perform a Gap Analysis Compose the IT Strategy Proposal …

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Managing IT Strategy in a Non-Technical Organization, Part 2

Part 2: Communicating and Coordinating with Stakeholders Managing IT Strategy in Non-Technical Organizations Part 1: Analyzing your IT Environment Part 2: Communicating and Coordinating with Stakeholders (This page) Part 3: Finalizing your IT Strategy Managing IT Strategy in Non-Technical Organizations, Part 2: Introduction Determining Stakeholders Determining Stakeholder Communication Needs Creating the Stakeholder Communication Matrix Introduction …

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Managing IT Strategy in a Non-Technical Organization, Part 1

Part 1: Analyzing your IT Environment Managing IT Strategy in Non-Technical Organizations Part 1: Analyzing your IT Environment (This page) Part 2: Communicating and Coordinating with Stakeholders Part 3: Finalizing your IT Strategy Managing IT Strategy in Non-Technical Organizations, Part 1: Introduction Defining IT Strategy Defining the Non-Technical Organization and the Intended Audience The Problem …

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Sun Tzu and Competitive Advantage

The Five Constant Factors Sun Tzu’s “Five Constant Factors” lends itself to an application in modern business competition. Understanding and leveraging these factors can help firms maintain their existing competitive advantages as well as grow those advantages as they expand into new markets. In the opening passages of Sun Tzu’s classic The Art of War, …

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The Basics of SWOT Analysis

I’ve had the opportunity to do some thinking about SWOT analyses lately. When I was working through my undergraduate program (and even now in my MBA program) SWOT analyses are often necessary for completing a project. With that in mind, I decided to write up a brief explanation of what a SWOT analysis is, what …

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Study Guide for the PSM I Certification

Towards the end of my Bachelors, I decided to do something that I’d been meaning to do for a long time – get the Professional Scrum Master I certification. I’ve always been interested in both software development and iterative, Agile development methodologies, and so I decided I might as well turn that latter interest into …

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