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Optimizing and Assessing Information Technology: Improving Business Project Execution by K. Scott Proctor

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Chapter 5

The Operational Excellence Pillar

Chapter 5 focuses on the Operational Excellence Pillar dimensions and considerations on the path from strategy to delivery of information technology (IT) services. Chapter 3 addressed the Strategy Pillar considerations and Chapter 4 addressed the Project Management Pillar considerations on the path from strategy to delivery. For some additional context, Figure 5.1 illustrates the steps involved in optimizing and assessing IT.

Figure 5.1 Steps for Optimizing and Assessing IT

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The materials covered in Chapters 3 to 5 relate directly to the second step shown in Figure 5.1: “Assess the Situation,” or assessing the current IT function against the desired end state. As noted in Chapter 3, Chapters 3 to 5 assume that the goals for the IT organization are known. Figure 5.2 presents an overall view of the framework that I employ to discuss the path from strategy to delivery.

Figure 5.2 High-Level Overview of Framework

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FROM STRATEGY TO DELIVERY

Figure 5.2 traces the course from strategy to deliver by moving from the left to the right. This course begins in the upper-left-hand corner of the matrix in Cell #1 of the IT Pillars Model (IPM) and ends in the lower-right-hand corner of the matrix in Cell #9 of the IPM, as shown in Figure 1.2. This chapter ...

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