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Hit the Bimodal IT Highway Now — Considerations for Structuring and Staffing

Published: 16 June 2015

ID: G00276019

Analyst(s): Diane Berry, Mark Coleman, Lily Mok


While IT organizations are showing interest in adopting bimodal IT to drive the agility needed for competitive advantage, many struggle with how to effectively address structure and staffing. This research will examine a set of common concerns raised by our CIOs and IT leaders and share insights.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Address the Fundamental Structure Question — To Split or Not Split Bimodal IT
    • One Size Does Not Fit All When It Comes to Organizational Design — Consider Your Options and Trade-Offs
    • Sample Archetypes for Structuring Mode 1 and Mode 2 Teams
  • Develop a Staffing Strategy for Bimodal IT that Reflects the Workforce Profile Needed for Success in the Digital Age
    • Workforce Planning — Understand Demand and Supply to Make More Credible Decisions
    • Pick Leaders for Bimodal IT With the Attributes That Will Enhance Success
    • Build Bimodal Teams With an Eye on Internal Talent First
    • Building a Diverse Workforce in Staffing Bimodal IT Supports Driving Digital Business

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