Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-29-2013

Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail

Not Engaging Users  Successful CIOs involve users in app design and prototyping, to secure buy-in early on.

Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail

Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail

Failing to Set Limits  While user feedback is helpful, you can't allow non-stop “tweak” suggestions to derail a project’s release date.

Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail

Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail

Ill-Defined Infrastructure  If  the infrastructure is not defined, IT employees all take a "use their own infrastructure" approach, and it isn't clear which tech tools are subordinate to others.

Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail

Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail

Maintaining Platform Loyalty to a Fault  A strong CIO can ably transition to a new platform, making sure required training and support is in place.

Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail

Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail

Ineffectively Managing a Project  IT know-how is great, but CIOs are paid to lead projects as opposed to actually doing them.

Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail

Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail

Overlooking Documentation  Incomplete or bad documentation can undo any extent of quality work invested into a project.

Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail

Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail

Paying Lip Service to Data Quality  Data-based technology doesn’t work with incorrect customer addresses or incomplete phone numbers.

Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail

Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail

Incessantly Dropping Buzz Words  IT jargon is a crutch for CIOs who don't know how to communicate simply and clearly to a broad group of business users.

Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail

Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail

Committing to Unrealistic Deadlines A good leader knows how to communicate to stakeholders that pushing deadlines too hard can result in an inferior or bad product.

Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail

Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail

Dealing Poorly With People If the CIO and his team get a bad rep in terms of interpersonal skills, seek feedback from users and incorporate training if it’s needed.

Ten Reasons Why CIOs Fail