Managing IT Projects for Business Change

Jeff Morgan and Chris Dale

Published by

BCS

ISBN

9781780171609

RRP

£24.99

Reviewed by

A P Sutcliffe PG Dip CCI, MBCS

Score

9 out of 10

Managing Business Change Projects: From risk to successProject management is an important function, and of particular interest within the IT community where change is almost constant and the potential impact of the various projects on the business operations can be quite significant.

So many IT projects fail or cause major disruption within an organisation, and it is clear that there is a real need to ensure that those charged with handling these tasks are properly skilled and capable of handling the complexities involved.

This book is not intended for the person new to managing projects, but is aimed more towards those that are already working in this field and looking to improve the way that they approach and manage the assignments and personnel under their jurisdiction.

Based upon the authors’ combined experience of decades of actual project management, it contains a great deal of hard won advice and information that could be of tremendous value to some of even the most seasoned project managers.

Having said that, it might still be of value to the complete novice. Although not as detailed as many other books on the topic, it still covers the various issues well and provides a good explanation of why things need to be done and offers some useful guidance on how to make them happen at the right time and in the correct sequence.

It might also be of value to anyone working as part of a project team as it covers key issues in a way that could help them detect and avoid some of the more common failings.

It’s easy to read and provides some interesting insight into building good practices. Of particular interest are the sections discussing how to assess the value or achievement of projects; as an example, it highlights the opening of Heathrow’s Terminal 5 that originally seemed to be less than successful, but subsequently proved to be very effective. It also discusses the reasons why some of these projects are viewed so negatively in the early stages, but are subsequently viewed to be successful.

The book offers a number of different approaches to looking at existing methodology, with clear explanation from the authors as to why they choose to take the specific tactics rather than those that are often more commonly used. Overall, it is well structured and provides a solid guide to handling even the most challenging of projects.

An excellent book with a lot of value for anyone that will be tackling IT projects.

Further information: BCS

January 2014