There's No Such Thing as an IT Project

There's No Such Thing as an IT Project

A Handbook for Intentional Business Change

Bob Lewis, Dave Kaiser


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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.


Bob Lewis:
Bob Lewis’s has spent 21 years of writing and consulting in business information technology. When InfoWorld was a print publication he was one of its most popular columnists – his “IS Survival Guide” reached an estimated 250,000 readers per week and received a silver medal from the ASBPE, West Coast chapter. Counting this, his InfoWorld blog “Advice Line,” (which received a bronze medal from the same organization) various feature stories published in InfoWorld and CIO, and his own Keep the Joint Running column/blog, He’s published more than 1,600 columns and eleven books on subjects related to information technology organizations and their intersection with the rest of the business.

Dave Kaiser is a talented CIO, with more than 34 years of diverse IT experience, in Insurance, Finance, Technology, Retail, and Manufacturing. He has lead IT organizations making use of the principles espoused in this book. His relevant specific experience includes what other companies might have called a core system modernizations, but which his company understood was a business risk mitigation that carried with it opportunities to streamline business processes while facilitating strategy-driven revenue growth. Because of his recognition that there is no such thing as an IT project, his company put him in charge of its strategic planning efforts for the past seven years.