When Jerry Hodge took over IT at appliance maker Hamilton Beach Brands Inc. three years ago, his priority was making sense of the IT agenda. Too often the "squeaky wheel" determined IT workflow for his 30-person staff, Hodge said. "Our resources are limited. We needed to look at how we did the whole business of IS."
In this podcast, Hodge talks to senior news writer Linda Tucci about setting an IT governance strategy at Hamilton Beach, starting with his people and processes. "My primary objective was to get us to deliver on our projects consistently, even if that meant poorly," he said. Two years and some ruffled feathers later, Hodge went with Innotas' on-demand project portfolio management product to help automate how the business of IT gets done.
SPEAKER'S BIOGRAPHY: Hodge joined Hamilton Beach Brands six years ago as director of supply chain planning. Since March 2005, he has served as the appliance maker's senior director of information services, where he oversees a staff of 30. He describes his leadership style as "situational," playing the authoritarian, delegating or encouraging participation from his staff, as needed. Prior to joining Hamilton Beach, he worked at manufacturing companies including TRW and Reynolds Metals Co. He has an Associate of Science degree in computer science, a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management from Purdue University and an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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This was first published in June 2008