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IT Governance Step 1

Now that I've passed the CGEIT test I've been tasked with fromalizing IT Governance for my organization. (I've been doing it for years informally.) Any suggestions on where to start? What would Step 1 be?
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RE: IT Governance Step 1

Lauren,

Congratulations on passing the CGEIT!

To answer your question, I would start with getting executive approval and support for the IT governance program. Then identify the key stakeholders in each department of your organization so you know who will be providing the inputs for your governance program. I commonly find key stakeholders are executive management and the directors of each organizational department. Third, work with the key stakeholders to align IT objectives with the objectives of the organization. If IT is not aligned with the organizational objectives, the IT governance program will continue to be an up hill battle. Fourth, work with stakeholders to identify and define which framework will best fit your organization's culture and objectives. COBIT may or may not be the right fit. For example, service providers commonly use ITIL instead of COBIT due to its focus on IT service delivery as opposed to pure IT governance. Some organizations use a mixture of frameworks to meet their needs.

These are the areas I usually begin with when helping an organization build an IT governance program.

Hope this helps you endeavors.

Brian
Brian J PageLively at 3/27/2013 1:06:39 AM Quote
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RE: IT Governance Step 1

Brian- Thanks! I found out yesterday that my application for certification was approved! Yayyy! I feel way more confident with the steps you provided. I know I'm on the right track. I appreciate your help. Thanks again, Lauren
LaurenLively at 4/2/2013 9:18:01 AM Quote
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RE: IT Governance Step 1

Hi Lauren.

1st of all, congratulations to Brian's suggestions, a very complete "Step 1" ( to 4 ) starting-with-guide.

I just would like to add anotther suggestion, focusing on education, awarness, communication, change management with
C-Level, Senior Management, BU Management and other stakeholders involved, to provide presentations showing :

- what IT Governance is (and what it is not)
- the benefits of IT Governance to the enterprise.  Some success cases, for instance the result of MIT research regarding IT Governance reported in Peter Weill and Jeanne Ross's book, either to IT Management as a whole either to corporate GRC
- the main concepts involved
- critical success factors
- roles & responsabilities
- IT Gov. Committees

In summary, some kind of "Board Briefing on IT Governance" workshop / presentation.

Hope it helps, and success in your IT Governance implementation (and maintenance) journey.

Best regards, José.
Jose Fontenelle SilvaLively at 5/10/2013 1:17:13 PM Quote
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RE: IT Governance Step 1

This is so helpful
Serufe886Lively at 7/9/2014 4:35:01 AM Quote
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RE: IT Governance Step 1

This is so helpful
Serufe886Lively at 7/9/2014 4:35:01 AM Quote
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RE: IT Governance Step 1

Hi Lauren.

1st of all, congratulations to Brian's suggestions, a very complete "Step 1" ( to 4 ) starting-with-guide.

I just would like to add anotther suggestion, focusing on education, awarness, communication, change management with
C-Level, Senior Management, BU Management and other stakeholders involved, to provide presentations showing :

- what IT Governance is (and what it is not)
- the benefits of IT Governance to the enterprise.  Some success cases, for instance the result of MIT research regarding IT Governance reported in Peter Weill and Jeanne Ross's book, either to IT Management as a whole either to corporate GRC
- the main concepts involved
- critical success factors
- roles & responsabilities
- IT Gov. Committees

In summary, some kind of "Board Briefing on IT Governance" workshop / presentation.

Hope it helps, and success in your IT Governance implementation (and maintenance) journey.

Best regards, José.
Jose Fontenelle SilvaLively at 5/10/2013 1:17:13 PM Quote
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(3 ratings)

RE: IT Governance Step 1

Brian- Thanks! I found out yesterday that my application for certification was approved! Yayyy! I feel way more confident with the steps you provided. I know I'm on the right track. I appreciate your help. Thanks again, Lauren
LaurenLively at 4/2/2013 9:18:01 AM Quote
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RE: IT Governance Step 1

Lauren,

Congratulations on passing the CGEIT!

To answer your question, I would start with getting executive approval and support for the IT governance program. Then identify the key stakeholders in each department of your organization so you know who will be providing the inputs for your governance program. I commonly find key stakeholders are executive management and the directors of each organizational department. Third, work with the key stakeholders to align IT objectives with the objectives of the organization. If IT is not aligned with the organizational objectives, the IT governance program will continue to be an up hill battle. Fourth, work with stakeholders to identify and define which framework will best fit your organization's culture and objectives. COBIT may or may not be the right fit. For example, service providers commonly use ITIL instead of COBIT due to its focus on IT service delivery as opposed to pure IT governance. Some organizations use a mixture of frameworks to meet their needs.

These are the areas I usually begin with when helping an organization build an IT governance program.

Hope this helps you endeavors.

Brian
Brian J PageLively at 3/27/2013 1:06:39 AM Quote
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RE: IT Governance Step 1

Lauren,

Congratulations on passing the CGEIT!

To answer your question, I would start with getting executive approval and support for the IT governance program. Then identify the key stakeholders in each department of your organization so you know who will be providing the inputs for your governance program. I commonly find key stakeholders are executive management and the directors of each organizational department. Third, work with the key stakeholders to align IT objectives with the objectives of the organization. If IT is not aligned with the organizational objectives, the IT governance program will continue to be an up hill battle. Fourth, work with stakeholders to identify and define which framework will best fit your organization's culture and objectives. COBIT may or may not be the right fit. For example, service providers commonly use ITIL instead of COBIT due to its focus on IT service delivery as opposed to pure IT governance. Some organizations use a mixture of frameworks to meet their needs.

These are the areas I usually begin with when helping an organization build an IT governance program.

Hope this helps you endeavors.

Brian
Brian J PageLively at 3/27/2013 1:06:39 AM Quote
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(5 ratings)

RE: IT Governance Step 1

Hi Lauren.

1st of all, congratulations to Brian's suggestions, a very complete "Step 1" ( to 4 ) starting-with-guide.

I just would like to add anotther suggestion, focusing on education, awarness, communication, change management with
C-Level, Senior Management, BU Management and other stakeholders involved, to provide presentations showing :

- what IT Governance is (and what it is not)
- the benefits of IT Governance to the enterprise.  Some success cases, for instance the result of MIT research regarding IT Governance reported in Peter Weill and Jeanne Ross's book, either to IT Management as a whole either to corporate GRC
- the main concepts involved
- critical success factors
- roles & responsabilities
- IT Gov. Committees

In summary, some kind of "Board Briefing on IT Governance" workshop / presentation.

Hope it helps, and success in your IT Governance implementation (and maintenance) journey.

Best regards, José.
Jose Fontenelle SilvaLively at 5/10/2013 1:17:13 PM Quote
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(3 ratings)

RE: IT Governance Step 1

Brian- Thanks! I found out yesterday that my application for certification was approved! Yayyy! I feel way more confident with the steps you provided. I know I'm on the right track. I appreciate your help. Thanks again, Lauren
LaurenLively at 4/2/2013 9:18:01 AM Quote
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RE: IT Governance Step 1

This is so helpful
Serufe886Lively at 7/9/2014 4:35:01 AM Quote
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