A Practical Approach for IT Governance

The Role of Optimism in IT Governance

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I owe it to Fareed Zakaria to awaken me from the unwarranted gloom that IT expenditures may once again be scaled back.  I am sure I am not alone in sharing this gloom that IT expenditures may again be trending downards.  For years, capital expenditures were on the decline resulting in pent-up demand for new IT projects and services.  IT Governance was simply focussed on “Lights-On” type initiatives.

Over the past year or so, there was hope that critical IT projects which enable the enterprise to become more nimble or add additional revenue streams would again become mainstream.  With the political stalemate and the media focus on Europe, there were more than subtle hints that U.S. was next.   Fareed points out that the fundamentals in the U.S. are still sound and the problems are simply one of Governance.  A very accurate analysis, and encouraging as well.

IT Governance can benefit from optimisim.  Many projects get stalled in the analysis-paralysis twilight zone.  Agile methodologies help us discover project feasibility and benefits quickly.  Optimism in IT Governance will lead us to initiating projects, even if they are not “fully baked”.  This may appear to be contrary to the notion of starting only projects that are well understood, however, several IT projects can only be “fully baked” after some experimentation.  Social networks, cloud computing, open source and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models accelerate development of these “prototype” projects.  Enterprises can quickly assess the benefits or abandon those projects that are not bearing fruit.  IT Governance methodologies need to adapt and be flexible to accommodate these prototype or experimental projects.

Written by Subbu Murthy

November 27, 2011 at 11:06 am

Posted in IT Governance

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  1. Optimism is at the root of why IT project fail. Optimism is at the heart of the Fallacy of Planning which I encourage you about.
    Jerry | The Higher Ed CIO


    December 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm

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