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What IT Managers Can Learn From the Failure of a British IT Project

What IT Managers Can Learn From the Failure of a British IT Project
By Jim Anderson

Note: This article also applies to IT Project Managers, that’s why PM Hut elected to publish it.

The one thing that everyone in IT has learned is to stay away from projects that we just know are going to fail, right? It turns out that over in England, they seem to have forgotten this rule. They decided to do a huge IT project to modernize their health care system and guess what, it just failed. Sounds like a great learning opportunity for IT managers…

The UK Health Service IT Upgrade Project

So what was this monster project? It turns out that just like every other county; the UK’s public health care system uses a confusing tangle of outdated IT systems that don’t do a good job of talking to each other. Back in 2002, the UK government decided to do something about this and they were willing to put their money where their mouth was. Read the Complete Article

Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Management: What’s The Best Way To Set Goals?

Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Management: What’s The Best Way To Set Goals?
By Jim Anderson

Everyone needs goals. As an IT Leader, it’s going to be your responsibility to help your team set both team and individual goals. Although at first this sounds pretty straightforward, in practice it often turns out to be a bit tricky. The most important question that you’re going to have to answer is which way do you want to go about setting goals: top-down or bottom-up?

The Top-Down Approach

Say hello to “Big Brother” – he’s going to be setting the goals for you and your team. The top-down approach to goal setting is where your company’s senior management identifies the goals that they want you and your team to be working towards. They then have you assign these goals to the members of your team.

When goals are set this way, the company generally has identified a broad set of goals that it would like to accomplish in the near future. Read the Complete Article

What It Takes To Become A High Potential IT Leader

What It Takes To Become A High Potential IT Leader
By Jim Anderson

Although this article is not specifically targeted at Project Managers, PM Hut chose to publish it, as an IT leader can easily be/mean an IT Project Manager…

What is it going to take to make your IT Leader career a success? Sure, you can deliver IT value and get your projects done on time, but will that be enough? The answer is no. For you to be seen as a successful IT Leader you are going to have to be seen as a “high potential” IT Leader – one who is going to go places beyond your current assignment. Clearly you need to know what it’s going to take to get others to consider you to be high potential…

The Intangibles

The reason that many IT Leaders get stuck in their current job with the current responsibilities is because others don’t believe that they have “what it takes” to handle other responsibilities. Read the Complete Article

Product Versus Project Management

Product Versus Project Management
By Jim Anderson

OK, so how many times has this occurred: someone asks you what you do for a living and you tell them that you are a Product Manager and they fire back at you “Oh, so you manage projects?” Grrr, it’s really no fair – the two disciplines really have nothing in common. Well wait a minute, maybe they do. No, no they really are different. Dang it. What’s the difference between the two?

A lot of the confusion comes from the simple fact that the two jobs do share a lot of things in common. However, never fear, they really are completely different no matter what your friends or your boss tell you. In a nutshell, the differences fall into three different categories: scope, execution, and results.

Scope: A project manager has the somewhat enviable benefit of having the hope of there existing clear cut boundaries that define what he/she is responsible for. Read the Complete Article

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