Let A Thousand Tech Flowers Bloom

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For many leaders, technology is among the scariest aspects of nonprofit management. Technology changes frequently, most leaders don’t have formal technology training, and when mistakes are made, they can be expensive. But managing technology well can also lead to some of the greatest gains in productivity and effectiveness. The same skills that lead to a successful nonprofit career are the very same skills that will help you manage technology well in your organization. In this session, we’ll ask you to change how you think about technology and challenge you to let technology run wild in your organizations, so that a thousand flowers can bloom.

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  • Flickr photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fire_engine_red/2433233381/Nobody knows when the paper clip was invented. And really, nobody cares. You can dress a paper clip up a thousand ways, but at the end of the day, a paper clip is a paper clip is a paper clip. Anyone who know how to operate a paper clip can operate any paper clip, for any purpose.You may buy paper clips for your office, but it’s tough to argue that paper clips contribute to your mission. Lots and lots of technology is a commodity at this point – server maintenance, email, document storage, security. We’ll talk about this in the next section – but the important thing to note is that unlike the paper clip, technology can actually help you meet your mission, IF you are managing it properly.
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  • Flickr photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/akanekal/2417955075/It’s laptops in the field so that you can do data collection better.It’s text messaging programs.It’s list servs that connect your stakeholders.It’s
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  • From Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission.the coordination of an IT strategy with the goals, strategies, and processes used to meet an organization’s mission.
  • From Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission.the coordination of an IT strategy with the goals, strategies, and processes used to meet an organization’s mission.
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  • Let A Thousand Tech Flowers Bloom

    1. 1. Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission<br />
    2. 2. Mission first<br />
    3. 3. Technology is Not a Paper Clip<br />
    4. 4.
    5. 5. Technology is Not a Paper Clip<br />
    6. 6. Technology is Part of Your Mission<br />
    7. 7. Technology at Save the Children<br />
    8. 8. IT Alignment<br />
    9. 9. Stages of IT Alignment<br />
    10. 10. DON’T SPEND, INVEST<br />
    11. 11.
    12. 12. What Do You SPEND on?<br />
    13. 13. What do You INVEST in?<br />Your Program<br />Your People<br />Your MISSION<br />Technology is a Part of That<br />
    14. 14. Investments Require Measurement<br />
    15. 15. The OLD Return on Investment<br />(Dollars Saved) - (Dollars Invested) = Return on Investment<br />Positive numbers good<br />Negative numbers bad<br />$ Value of Time Saved<br />-<br />=<br />ROI<br />Cost of Laptop<br />$800 / yr over 3 years - $1800 + contracts and service =<br />
    16. 16. The Math is Messy Now<br />Intangible benefits:<br />Job satisfaction<br />Productivity<br />Morale<br />Teamwork<br />Client satisfaction<br />Client response time<br />Client satisfaction<br />
    17. 17. GROW GARDENERS<br />
    18. 18. Grow Gardeners<br />
    19. 19. Define Your Need<br />What are your tech needs?<br />How should you staff them?<br />How much time will these tasks take?<br />Is it constant work, or cyclical?<br />Development, maintenance, or user support and training?<br />Does the tech work even live in the “tech department?”<br />
    20. 20. It’s the Person AND the Skills<br />Cultural fit is as important in the nonprofit setting as skills fit<br />What non-tech skills are needed in the role?<br />
    21. 21. Technology is Scary<br />
    22. 22. Fear Leads To….<br />
    23. 23. Good Tech Leaders…<br />Get ahead of the change<br />Create context<br />Communicate early and often<br />Listen, don’t just talk!<br />Involve and empower staff<br />Mitigate anxiety<br />
    24. 24. Good Tech Leaders Grow Gardeners<br />
    25. 25. Remember<br />
    26. 26. It’s not About the Technology<br />MISSION FIRST<br />DON’T SPEND, INVEST<br />GROW GARDENERS<br />

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