The Top 3 Cost-Cutting Mistakes CIOs Make And How to Avoid Them

The Top 3 Cost-Cutting Mistakes CIOs Make And How to Avoid Them


The current economic downturn has resulted in contraction of IT Department budgets and a mandate to allocate resources to only the most critical projects, then execute flawlessly.

This paper outlines some bad, but not uncommon tactical reactions to falling budgets, and describes problems those reactions generate. It also recommends a proven alternative for delivering more value with smaller budgets using an Agile and Lean framework that avoids costly project failures, maximizes ROI of projects undertaken, and lets you have a more adaptable and flexible portfolio of projects.


Evan Campbell Vice President of Professional Services, Rally Software Development With more than 15 years in the software industry, Evan Campbell has had responsibility for Agile transformations from the team level to the boardroom. Prior to joining Rally, he served as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Professional Services at SolutionsIQ, a 450-person IT consulting company. In that role, he was responsible for building and leading the company's Agile Software Development Practice, and it's Agile Consulting Practice, among others. As CTO of Versatile Mobile Systems (VMS), a publicly traded software company, he was responsible for Product Development, Professional Services, and IT. Evan joined VMS as a result of its acquisition of Mobiquity, an e-commerce SaaS company where he was Co-Founder and CTO. Prior to these roles in software companies Evan worked in Corporate IT leading development teams and managing software development and systems integration projects. Evan is a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). He holds an MBA from Rollins College and an MA in International Affairs, Economics and Finance from George Washington University. Prior to his career in technology, Evan served in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Ranger and Green Beret.
Rally Software
03 Apr 2009
03 Apr 2009
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