Learn how to stop pouring vast sums of money into technology projects that don’t have a lasting impact by closing the communication gap between IT and leadership.
Too many businesses miss opportunity after opportunity to design, plan, and achieve intentional business change. Why? Because they charter projects focused on delivering software products: IT projects. But as this groundbreaking book points out, there’s no such thing as an IT project—or at least there shouldn’t be. It’s always about intentional business change, or what’s the point?
It’s time to stop providing simplistic, one-dimensional, all-you-gotta-do panaceas. When the only constant in business is change, truly useful IT has to help you change instead of build solutions that are obsolete even before they are completed.
IT consultant Bob Lewis, author of the bestselling Bare Bones Project Management, has joined forces with seasoned CIO Dave Kaiser to give you the tools you need. It’s a multidimensional, relentlessly practical guide. Condensed to handbook length and seasoned with Lewis’s trademark sardonic humor, it’s an enjoyable and digestible read as well.
Lewis and Kaiser take you step by step through the process of building a collaboration between IT and the rest of the business that really works. Insisting on intentional business change takes patience, communication, and courage, but it has a huge payoff. More to the point, insist on anything else and every penny you spend will be a wasted dime and a waste of time.
About the Author
Bob Lewis has been writing and consulting in business information technology for over twenty years. He is a popular columnist and blogger, writing for publications such as InfoWorld and CIO and maintaining his own blog Keep the Joint Running. Lewis is the author of numerous publications, including Bare Bones Project Management.
Dave Kaiser is a talented CIO, with more than thirty years of diverse IT leadership experience in insurance, finance, technology, retail, and manufacturing.
“There’s No Such Thing as an IT Project is a refreshing change from the heavy academic books on IT management theory. This new work provides practical been-there-done-that guidelines that can be easily implemented by IT leaders. It’s a quick read, offering an innovative approach to promoting IT’s essential role in business success.” —Michael Benz, Vice President, Information Technology, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company
“This is a must-read for C-suite executives still searching for a better way to adapt quickly in an ever-changing world where technology is dramatically leveling our competitive playing fields before our very eyes. Doing so requires courage and a new and practical approach to understanding how to best leverage your precious IT resources and staff.” —Mike Felmlee, CEO, Prouty Project
“Bob Lewis is one of the few honest voices out there. He and coauthor Dave Kaiser deftly turn their vast and often-amusing experiences in the innards of organizations into lessons learned. Read their advice and you’ll have a better shot at navigating the minefield of hazards that annihilate more than half of all business change initiatives.” —Eric Knorr, Editor in Chief, IDG Communications
“There's No Such Thing as an IT Project will transform how you think of IT and the value your organization can derive from it. It should be required reading for everyone in the C-suite, particularly the CTO and CIO, as well as every line manager, business analyst, and anyone else who’s about to say ‘Let's get IT onto that.’” —Mark Gibbs, entrepreneur; Contributing Editor, Network World; and IT consultant
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