CIO courses/curriculum materials
What courses and curriculum materials are out there for CIOs or those aspiring to become CIOs? For each course or curriculum item: What links are publicly available to materials from those courses? What are the strengths and weaknesses of these materials for what CIOs "really" need to know?
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See our page on What Government CIOs need to know about the Clinger-Cohen Act.
What courses are CIOs and the government technology taking now? For each, can you link to or provide a description to indicate the purpose, audience, length, instructional methods, and other information to help understand what's "out there"?
1. Harvard Kennedy School "Leadership for a Networked World" course. This focuses on strategic management issues of IT in the public sector, but not specifically on the challenges for CIOs. Rather it looks to support both technology managers and general managers with issues and analytic frameworks to share. The syllabus can be found here: Harvard program
2. University of' North Carolina School of Government - Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO). The CGCIO Certification Program is a 12-month course that lays the foundation for assessing and addressing some of the most critical issues facing IT leadership in the public sector. The purpose of this program is to equip leaders with the requisite tools to manage and improve their organizational technology assets. Participants will address major topics including IT governance, project management, and risk assessment and management. Each broad topic will incorporate specific government issues and draw on participant experience to provide both theoretical and practical applied knowledge. Case studies, exercises, and guest speakers will be included.
3. University of South Carolina Institute for CIO Excellence. The Institute for CIO Excellence is a private commercial executive training institute, associated with the University of South Carolina Upstate faculty and programs. We provide high quality executive training to equip senior IT managers to think and to function as competitive corporate CIOs. A great IT Director is focused on operational excellence. A great CIO is focused on creating strategic business value. We teach great IT directors to be great CIOs.
4. Carnegie Mellon – Federal CIO Certification Program. The CIO Institute's Federal CIO Certificate Program is designed for emerging and current CIO's, CTO's, and other executives with IT oversight responsibilities. As part of the Federal CIO University, the CIO Institute courses address the executive core competencies adopted by the Federal Chief Information Officers Council. Participants completing the CIO Institute program receive a Federal CIO University Certification issued jointly by the Federal CIO University and Carnegie Mellon.
5. University of Maryland University College Chief Information Officer (CIO) Executive Certificate.This 12-month executive program is offered in partnership with the General Services Administration’s CIO University. Participants—high-performing government and private-sector IT professionals—receive both a federal government and UMUC CIO Certificate. In addition, credits earned in this program may be applied toward a master’s degree. The CIO certificate program encompasses all competencies cited in the Information Technology Management and Reform Act (Clinger-Cohen) and identified by the federal CIO Council. The competencies cover all areas of management associated with the design, development, acquisition, implementation, planning, and maintenance of an organization’s information technology structure.
6. Society for Information Management’s Regional Leadership Forum. The Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) is an intensive, nine-month leadership development program presented by the Society for Information Management, focused on creating authentic leaders.
Enables each participant to discover what makes him/her an authentic leader through a process – not a curriculum
Facilitates open exchange on leadership approaches and practices
Arms participants with the building blocks and knowledge necessary to rise to the top
Cultivates leaders who not only provide strategic vision and tactical direction, but create an atmosphere of trust, motivation, and inspiration for their colleagues.
Society for Information Management program
7. Harvard Kennedy School, Leadership and Strategic Management for CIOs
8. Center for Creative Leadership. (from Frank Nicolai) I attended the Leadership Development Program http://www.ccl.org/leadership/programs/LDPOverview.aspx?pageId=820 and I sent many of those worked for me (a few CIOs, comptrollers, HR directors, and line executives) to this program with excellent results.
Another good program is the one for the Leadership of High Performing Teams . http://www.ccl.org/leadership/programs/LHPTOverview.aspx?pageId=828 This is a program in which the key members of a team can attend as a team and learn to be more effective.
The participants in these programs have diverse backgrounds: engineers, marketing and sales, finance and accounting, manufacturing, education and training, military, general management, information technology, research, etc. What you find are many very good people who have developed technical and functional expertise, but whose responsibilities now are for accomplishing an organizational project in which they have to lead and collaborate with others from outside their units/functions. In other words they have to lead others to create value for their organization and their analytical and technical savvy just won’t cut it.
9. Corporate Executive Board. This is another source of education for CIOs. Here is the link. http://www.executiveboard.com/bom_4.html As you can see, it has programs for executives in IT, Finance, HR, Strategy and Management, Sales and Marketing, Legal and Governance, Operations and Innovation. Its focus is primarily private sector. However, their materials and contacts and services can benefit executives in the public sector and the non profit sector. At AMS I used them for educating and training for HR and IT senor managers. Their materials are excellent. Their speakers who will come to an organization and deliver talks (for a fee) are very good. Their “case studies” are good and relevant. Each year the appropriate CLC program, e.g. for IT, will convene a meeting and take suggestions for research topics.
You can get a better idea of their activities from the home page: http://www.executiveboard.com/about.html
CEB is a for profit organization listed on the NYSE. The annual fees are not cheap; but the quality makes it a good buy. Here is their stated business model which stresses the economies of cost sharing:
Our business formula combines shared-cost research economics and a membership-based client model, allowing us to provide data and insight at the quality standard of the premier strategy consulting firms but at a fraction of the cost. The formula also creates a closed loop for research. Each year, our members develop a list of their most pressing business problems and then serve as case studies in our best practices research on these issues. We are guided by a strong sense of stewardship for our members’ confidences and financial contributions, and we strive in each interaction to achieve a level of service that is unparalleled in their commercial experience. And as a for profit organization, it has to provide very good customer service. I can attest that, when I used them, their service was exceptional.
10. Gartner CIO Bootcamp ''''- Their description is - Here's a rare chance to improve your success as a CIO. During your focused training, you'll learn the "Six CIO Imperatives" every CIO must know to fast-track success and minimize risk. The Six CIO Imperatives are the foundation of Gartner Executive Programs (EXP) — an exclusive program that provides research, advice, and networking opportunities to more than 2,000 CIOs worldwide. Their six imperatives are: lead, anticipate, strategize, organize, deliver, and measure. The link is: www.gartner.com/2_events/conferences/asset_51748.jsp
News About Certificate Programs Or Degree programs
- New certificate programs listed at CIO.com
- Opinion articles about the value of MBA degrees for CIOs
- Developing CIO leadership
What curriculum materials -- individual assignments, readings, exercises, games, etc. -- are being used now to teach CIOs or could be used to teach CIOs. (These may be referenced above within a syllabus of individual courses.) For each material can you suggest how it is being and/or might be used?
1. Reading: Enterprise Architecture as Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution.(2006). Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.
Using operational business models to guide investment in enterprise architecture makes this book unique. A stand out for public sector CIOs dealing with portfolio alignment issues and the down sides of delegation.
http://www.intergovworld.com/default.aspx Because the Canadians are organized as they are, this “wiki” seems to be able to combine items of interest at all levels of government—national, provincial, and municipal. This clearly is a major help in doing cross boundary efforts which serve citizens. Is there anything that can be done in the USA to approach this type of integration and collaboration across level boundaries? I really like the fact that there is an attempt to bring together policies, programs, technology, HR etc,
I have attached a good short piece from CIO magazine—the top ten factors for a CIO’s success taken from a poll of CIOs---although they are in the private sector I do not think it changes the result.
Here is the link: http://www.cio.com/article/101053/Top_Priorities_of_a_CIO_s_Success
Finally the Canadian wiki had a story about Proctor and Gamble’s effort on shared services. Here is the link: http://www.intergovworld.com/article/77c13b4e0a01040801e9093ae482d729/pg0.htm
I have also attached the story. I have to complement the Canadians for reaching out to a US firm and inviting its CIO to address a conference of government CIO types. This would not happen in the USA, would it?