Building a technology steering committee

Committees. Do you cringe at the name or embrace it? Information Technology departments use a steering committee to make decisions and prioritize work. Unfortunately, some business department leaders often roll their eyes or look for ways to request work without going through the committee. Who can blame them? Committees are difficult to operate without creating unnecessary delays for projects that Read More …

Get Uncomfortable

While planning to lead a steering committee meeting this week, I realized I was little uncomfortable with what the meeting content could create. With multiple stakeholders in the room, there is always a potential for conflicting opinions. Who likes conflict? I’m not afraid to admit that some, if not all, conflict can make me uncomfortable. Yet, it’s these kind of Read More …

Cast the bully out

We have a love-hate relationship with steering committees. Do committees provide value that pays for the amount of overhead they create in workflows? If you are a committee member with voting privileges then the tendency is to support and agree with the both the decisions and procedural steps the committee follows. If you are a project requestor then your attitude Read More …