I’m pleased to say that my most recent blog article has been published on “Techwell.com”, where I have contributed as a guest author. I’d love to hear what you think, so please take a look and add a comment on the site.
As anyone who has ever read the Standish Group’s “Chaos” report knows, so-called IT projects have a fairly poor success rate. Nick Malik recently built upon this idea in his article “Everything you’ve read about IT Project Failure is wrong.”
Nick argues that, while traditional thinking focuses on looking within the project environment for the root-cause of failure, the most serious root-causes—such as a lack of accountability for success, slow decision making, etc.—are completely outside the project’s control.
I agree with the points raised in the article, and I think it’s possible to extend this analogy even further. I’d argue that there is no such thing as an IT project—there are only business projects that implement, impact, change, or interface with IT. This sounds like a subtle distinction, but it’s deceptively important.
As soon as an organization frames a project as being specifically IT, the project focus tends to shift to the technology. This is rather like the metaphorical “tail wagging the dog”…
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