ESTABLISH BUSINESS GOALS and OBJECTIVES
You are in business for a reason. What is that reason? What are the real BUSINESS GOALS and OBJECTIVES that support that “reason”? This is where it all begins. With sound business driven goals, a Fractional CIO can immediately begin to establish tactical and strategic elements of a technical roadmap. This is the Roadmap that supports the “reason” you are in business.
BUILD A ROADMAP
Establishing a ROADMAP is where the experience of a Fractional CIO stands out. Exposure to many technical products, processes, architectures and knowledge of new requirements and functionality, allow them to efficiently and effectively plan and sequence short, medium and long term goals into manageable portions. These portions should support resource and budgetary interests along the way.
CREATE A CADENCE
We are all creatures of habit. The success of any effort requires constant attention to detail. In other words, we must track progress and remain flexible to address changes or challenges. A weekly meeting to address the current status and issue resolution, is critical to staying on track.
TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
In a more strategic light, PROGRESS is the fourth “key” to success. Based on your needs, it is important to have a monthly or quarterly review. In this, you will refer back to the roadmap to gage project completion, goal achievement and to manage overall time and budget parameters. It is highly desirable that all sides of Leadership are represented in this meeting.
As a business owner or leader, it is critical that YOUR ENGAGEMENT and support are well known. The collaboration amongst your teams nurtures a healthy culture of fresh new thought. When done right everyone wins which leads me to the final “key” to a successful CIO program.
CELEBRATE! The cultural value of an employee or team spotlight with honest gratitude is priceless. It supports the internal health of your organization and promotes your brand to the public. Not to mention, that people want to do business with enthusiastic people. So get out there and show it!
"With sound business driven goals, a Fractional CIO can immediately begin to establish tactical and strategic elements."