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Is healthcare delivery models a good metaphor for IT Project Management?

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After thirty years in IT, I still wonder about metrics and measures for managing technology.  A useful metaphor for IT Project Management can be drawn from health care, the life cycle of health care for an individual starts with enormous enthusiasm and joy at the early stages (birth to pre-school), where expenditures are not questioned.  Planning sets in and health care insurance models are on auto-pilot during the middle years, and towards the latter stages, particularly the tail-end, the expenditures sky-rocket once more.  IT Projects mirror this to an extent – initial stages are optimistic, rosy, all extra expenses magically treated as investment for the future, the middle stages reflect planning and control, but towards the end, completing it successfully overrides budgetary estimates.  The result is overruns and significant mismatch between budgets and actuals.  How many of your projects follow this metaphor?  Most of us build IT to a budget – a metaphor very difficult to accept in healthcare.

 

Written by Subbu Murthy

March 6, 2011 at 6:49 am

Posted in IT Governance