New CIO Starter Guide: 30-60 Day Goals – Establishing Department Priorities

Now that the initial 30 days of your journey as a new CIO have been completed, there’s a good chance that you have a clear understanding of how the IT department is viewed at your organization. Inevitably this will give you insight into whether you are expected to be a visible leader of the C-Suite or if you are expected to just seclude yourself to the IT room. However, this is when you should be prioritizing what is more important to you and your goals within the company.

With these goals in mind, you can begin creating a roadmap of what needs to be done based on the state of technology and the current team members you have reviewed in the initial 30 days. This should provide a good baseline for establishing the priorities the department has and what strengths or weaknesses may be present. By already having the issues in mind, creating a viable and effective plan becomes much easier as a CIO.

To put it into perspective a little more, let’s say that the organization hired you as a CIO because they are actively trying to bring a new product to the market. You wouldn’t start dedicating your resources to launching new internal software and training the organization’s members to use it, would you? By setting priorities you can determine what is most important and attack it head-on first before you deviate into finding other ways to improve the organization as a whole through new technologies or software.

Setting and delivering on priorities is often a fundamental part of being a CIO; however, this may seem a little challenging for a new CIO if they aren’t sure what is expected of them. If you have followed our new CIO starter guide this far, there’s a good chance you are in a great position to make a positive impact once your first 60 days at the organization have been completed. Although, it is important to keep in mind that this is just the beginning and more challenges and obstacles that require critical thinking will come in the future.

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