Building a Winning Team

Brian Sutton and Robina Chatham

Published by

BCS, The Chartered Institute of IT
ISBN

9781780173894

RRP £9.99
Reviewed by

A Sutcliffe, MSc CCI, MBCS

Score

9 out of 10

It can be seen that there are generally two types of IT Manager; the technical specialist that has been promoted to a managerial position, usually without any appropriate leadership experience or training, and the business manager, with limited technical knowledge that is placed in charge of the IT team.

Both groups may find that they experience difficulties when trying to adjust to their new position; but in particular, the promoted technical person may struggle to adapt to the requirements of their role. This book is aimed primarily at the first set of individuals, although still has some valuable advice for the second group.

The narrative is written in a conversational manner, which makes what might otherwise be quite a dry topic, engaging and easy to read. As it is quite a slim volume, it could easily be read and absorbed in a single session; and it appears to be specifically aimed at those that wish to read whilst commuting or at the end of the day. However, it should be noted that each section could also be used as reference material by the canny manager when trying to plan for the various activities.

The book offers excellent advice; based upon solid managerial best practice promoted by top leaders and institutions within the field of management, highlighting how the newly promoted IT Manager might go about the task of turning a group of individuals into a well-functioning team. The material is well structured, easy to read, with a number of appropriate anecdotes to illustrate good practices. It also contains a number of lists that help to provide organised guidance on how to start in a new role and approach the difficult task of learning how to manage individuals, or groups of people.

It could be argued that as the book is smaller than other texts on management, it might not be sufficiently in-depth to provide a useful learning tool. Nothing could be further from the truth; the book clearly highlights the key drivers and events that will be the most important aspect of the new manager’s role, combining theory with practice. In addition, it highlights the reasons behind the proposed actions, and the concepts put forward are based upon well researched ideas and proven techniques.

This book should be on every new manager’s purchase wish list; and the investment will prove well worthwhile.

Further information: BCS, The Chartered Institute of IT

July 2017