Define the Business Context Needed to Complete Strategic IT Initiatives

Ensure your IT initiatives are based on an understanding of organizational objectives.

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Without a well-defined business context:

  • The IT organization’s efforts and projects may miss the mark on addressing the business’ core needs.
  • The perception of IT is a cost-center.

With a well-defined business context:

  • There is a concrete, clear, and documented business context for why IT is pursuing certain initiatives.
  • The business understands that IT is working towards helping them and are more willing to accept asks for additional resources.

Module 1: Identify the Missing Business Context (pre-work)

The Purpose

  • Conduct analysis and facilitate discussions to uncover business needs for IT.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A baseline understanding of what business needs mean for IT

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Define the strategic CIO initiatives our organization will pursue.
  • Business context scope
1.2 Complete the Business Context Discovery Tool.
  • Completed Business Context Discovery Tool
1.3 Schedule relevant interviews.
1.4 Select relevant Info-Tech diagnostics to conduct.
  • Completed Info-Tech diagnostics

Module 2: Uncover and Document the Missing Context

The Purpose

  • Analyze the outputs from step 1 and uncover the business context gaps.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A thorough understanding of business needs and why IT should pursue certain initiatives

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Conduct group or one-on-one interviews to identify the missing pieces of the business context.
  • Documentation of answers to business context gaps

Module 3: Uncover and Document the Missing Context

The Purpose

  • Analyze the outputs from step 1 and uncover the business context gaps.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A thorough understanding of business needs and why IT should pursue certain initiatives

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Conduct group or one-on-one interviews to identify the missing pieces of the business context.
  • Documentation of answers to business context gaps

Module 4: Review Business Context and Next Steps

The Purpose

  • Review findings and implications for IT’s strategic initiative.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A thorough understanding of business needs and how IT’s strategic initiatives addresses those needs

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Review documented business context with IT team.
  • Finalized version of the business context
4.2 Discuss next steps for strategic CIO initiative execution.

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