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Preparing IT for 2025

Nov 13, 2021

We just released our Wisdom Wednesday #4 and CHAOS Tuesday Show #125 is on preparing for 2025. In this show we explore how to prepare general IT by 2025. Wisdom Wednesday #4 and CHAOS Tuesday Show #125 is on preparing for 2025. In this show we explore how to prepare general IT by 2025. Our guest speaker is Bruce Barnes. Bruce is a proven C-Level executive and college educator with a strong multi-industry background. He is a strategic thinker with very successful tenures in leading large organizations. Bruce will lay out what he has learned from high-level IT executives on preparing for 2025 during many of his The Digital Solutions Gallery events.  We will also be releasing the show as a podcast under CHAOS Tuesday.  In addition, our adviceblogs will feature excerpts from this show during the week on November 15, 2021

In this show you will take away:

  • ·      Technology advancements
  • ·      Workforce
  • ·      Global Playing Field
  • ·      Cybersecurity
  • ·      Culture

You can watch or listen to Preparing IT for 2025 by going here 



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Infinite Flow Sponsor

Nov 12, 2021

This week we issued five new adviceblogs on the role of the infinite Flow Sponsor and the relationship to the FlowMentor. We also consider the how skills of Scrum Masters can jump start the implementation of Infinite Flow Teams and educating the skills of the Flow Sponsor.  These are the five skills, and you can click on them to review them. 

  1. Inspiration
  2. Hard work
  3. Imagination
  4. Decisiveness
  5. Connection

Note on the week of November 29th, we will release five more Infinite Flow Sponsor adviceblogs.   These adviceblogs will also feature how FlowMentors and Scrum Masters can help and educate the Infinite Flow Sponsor. 

Healthcare Moonshots

Oct 30, 2021

We just released our third Wisdom Wednesday. This show is on Healthcare Moonshots. Our guest speaker is Tim Chou. Tim is a founder in Bevel Cloud, an edge platform for sharing medical data. Joining us is Harry Scott, Software entrepreneur and angel Investor. Harry is an investor and special advisor to Dyad Medical, which is a partner with Bevel Cloud and uses large datasets with AI for cardiac diagnostics. We will also be releasing the show as a podcast under CHAOS Tuesday.  In addition, our adviceblogs will feature excerpts from this show during the week on November 1, 2021.

In this Moonshot show you will take away: 

  •     How medical edge computing works
  •     How Dyad uses Bevel Cloud in their Services
  •     Future of edge computing, large datasets, and AI
  •     What is the Bevel Cloud Studio
  •     How HIROs are Continuous Learning Environments

You can watch or listen to Healthcare Moonshots by going here https://www.standishgroup.com/chaostuesday/podcast/view/id/126


Oct 20, 2021

We just released a research report titled THE GOOD PLACE: A Guide to Improving Your Software Workplace Environment. The Good Place” Report is how we describe the ideal environment in which a sponsor and team work to create and implement a software product. It’s a “place,” of course, but that place is actually made up of people—the people who support the sponsor and the team. These people can be helpful or destructive, and that makes this area hard to mitigate. It’s imperative that the organization work to improve their skills if a software product is to succeed. “The Good Place” is broken down into 10 principles and 50 skills that will help an organization improve the software workplace.  Premium Members can download this report from the https://www.standishgroup.com/premiumReport


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Change Dynamics

Oct 16, 2021

Wisdom Wednesday #2 and CHAOS Tuesday Show #123 is on Change Dynamics. In this show we explore why digital transformation projects are challenged and slow to materialize. You will learn the contrast between the need for change and the effectiveness of change that is taking place. The difference between the traditional decision making and decisions during digital transformation projects.  The culture change needed for digital transformation projects. Our guest and speaker is Dion Kotteman.  Dion Kotteman is a former CIO, a current author, and consultant. Joining us on our panel is Hans Mulder, our director of European Research, Allan Salek, Program Leader: Complex, High-Risk or Troubled Transformations. Joining us on our panel is Hans Mulder, our director of European Research, Jim Crear, our CIO, and Allan Salek, Program Leader: Complex, High-Risk or Troubled Transformations. 

Takeaways for digital transformation are:

·        Contrast of Change

·        Decisions of Change

·        Culture of Change

·        Importance of Change

·        Risk of Change

Go here to watch this show: www.standishgroup.com/chaostuesday

Wisdom Wednesday

Sep 16, 2021

The Standish Group announces a new video series called: Wisdom Wednesday.  Wisdom Wednesdays will feature a cast of notorious speakers and timely topics. We plan to release one or two shows per month. Our first Wisdom Wednesday is on the Philosophy & Ethics of Cybersecurity. We will release this show on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Our guest speaker is Thornton May.  Thornton is a noted speaker, author, and futurist. He is the Founder at The Digital Value Institute. We will also have a panel of 2 to 3 people. In this show our panel is Harry Scott, Software entrepreneur and angle Investor, and Allan Salek, Program Leader: Complex, High-Risk or Troubled Transformations. 


Future shows include: Preparing IT for 2025 with Bruce Barnes, David West on the Future of Work, David Struman on Technology Due Diligence and Dion Kotteman on Change Dynamics/Project Saboteur.


If you would rather just listen to these programs, we will also be releasing them on our podcast platform, CHAOS Tuesday. 

Scrum Master’s Mentor Guide to Infinite Flow

Sep 11, 2021

The Standish Group in partnership with Strong Tower is in the process of developing a guide for Scrum Masters to be able mentor Infinite Flow Teams. The working title is The Scrum Master’s Mentor Guide to Infinite Flow. In addition, this guide will also serve as introductory guide to Infinite Flow Mentor Skills.  Infinite Flow Mentor performs many of the same skills as a Scrum Master, plus additional skills need to mentor and advice Infinite Flow Sponsors, producers (business analysts) and actors (technical staff). We will be releasing a series of microblogs in the advice section as drafts of small parts for the future guide. We expect the guide to follow the principles (P) and skills (S) in the outline of Infinite Flow.  Jim Johnson is the prime writer for The Standish Group and Gene Sorbo is the prime writer for Strong Tower. 


Jun 23, 2021

Achieving Successful Program Execution: A Research-Based Approach 

July 8, 2021

Hosted by William Ulrich

Guest Jim Johnson 


Episode Description

Why do projects fail, or fall well short of their original goals? That is the topic that this episode of The North Star will explore. Jim Johnson, researcher, author, inventor, and Standish Group Chair, will join William Ulrich to share what he has learned over the past three decades on this topic.  Jim is the author and researcher behind the widely quoted Chaos Report. He will share his insights into the report’s findings based on 25 years of data into failed, challenged, and successful projects, discussing why some projects fail, where others succeed. The Chaos Report has consistently shown that roughly only one third of projects have historically been successful. Jim will also discuss the concept of decision latency and its effect on project performance. In addition to latency, Jim will discuss team maturity, scoping challenges, user involvement, complexity, and a host of other project performance factors. He will also share what he sees as a way to shift historically poor project performance to more positive trends based on his latest work, which involves implementing software without using project management. Join the discussion as Bill and Jim explore the project deployment challenges that have plagued so many organizations around the globe over the past three decades. 

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Success Ladder Benchmark 2.0

Feb 6, 2021

Success Ladder Benchmark is now fully “Do It Yourself” (DIY). Premium members can execute a Success Ladder Benchmark at any time.  Premium members can run as many benchmarks as they want. They can benchmark all their software projects no matter the state using the Success Ladder Benchmark.  Premium members can run the benchmark before they start a project, in the middle, or at the end. Success Ladder Benchmark is a rough order of magnitude of what you can expect from your software projects. You can use the benchmark to decide to start a project or not if you do not like your chances of success.  Premium members can change  process to improve chances of success.  You can use the Success Ladder Benchmark to research results of competed projects.

We have upgraded the Success Ladder Benchmark to include an organization profile.  The profile provides additional information to improve the accuracy of the rough order of magnitude base results. In order to improve the accuracy of the upper 3 rungs, good place, good team, and good sponsor we added these appraisals to the skills appraisal section.  Users can assess the maturity of these 3 areas and add the results to the Success Ladder Benchmark.  The results themselves can also be used to improve each of the areas. Such improves can also be feed back to the Success Ladder Benchmark.


If you are not a premium member, you can join by buying a membership here: https://standishgroup.myshopify.com/

OnDemand Skills Appraisals

Jan 30, 2021


We added on-demand Skills Appraisals, a new service, to the premium membership. Premium Members can access Skills Appraisals by the dashboard Icon. All members have to do for an appraisal is click on “Start an Appraisal”. Select the appraisal you want to do, then give a name for your custom report. Our first listed appraisal is “Infinite Flow Readiness”.  This appraisal helps as a guide to get ready for Infinite Flow.  The appraisal starts out with the first question and will go through all 50 questions. It should take no more than about 20 minutes.  For instructions on this appraisal go here: https://www.standishgroup.com/IFA.   If you are not a premium member and want to do the appraisal, go here to upgrade or get your membership: https://standishgroup.myshopify.com

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