New Year’s Reflection

With the New Year upon us, indulge me for a moment as I try to figure out what this blog is all about.

It’s said that blogging, like all writing, takes us on a path of self-discovery, meaning that this blog must be about me (well, let’s narrow that to professional me for the most part, with the exception of that recent rant on Disney). And in my professional life, what I work my hardest to accomplish is innovation, the creation of business value for clients through technology.

Now I don’t believe there is any innovation silver bullet, rather it demands doing several things well:

• Follow new technologies and their business potential—mobile, analytics, social, virtual, cloud…
• Execute projects well, which means effective, agile project management.
• Understand business processes and how to improve them.
• Choose the right project—forecast, track, and report metrics for risks, costs, and returns.

Certainly, there’s more to innovation than this list, but it summarizes my interests and the focus of this blog.

In coming months, I plan to write more on project selection, expanding my current series on project selection metrics. I’ll research and share best practices in the preparation and analysis of business cases, digging specifically into managerial accounting (budgeting, cost analysis), performance management, and balanced scorecards.

I hope you enjoy the journey and keep reading. Have a great New Year! Thanks.

I'm the Director of Threat Solutions at Shape Security, a top 50 startup defending the world's leading websites and mobile apps against malicious automation. Request our 2017 Credential Spill Report at ShapeSecurity.com to get the big picture of the threats we all face. See my LinkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesdowney and follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/james_downey.

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