We Picked the Wrong Project Management Tool
By Vaughan Merlyn
How many times have you heard, “We picked the wrong tool!” when referring to a project management or portfolio management or just about any other kind of tool for the IT organization? I’ve heard that many, many times over my 30 year consulting career. So, it’s time for a couple of uncomfortable truths – expressed as “Merlyn’s Rules of IT Tools”:
- Merlyn’s Rule #1: You will always pick the ‘wrong’ tool.
Merlyn’s Rule #2: If you focus on the process being automated or supported, and the management of organizational change, you will probably find you actually have the ‘right’ tool.
Merlyn’s Rule #3: If you focus on the process and management of organizational change and still want a different tool, then switching to a new tool will be trivial.
The Cobbler’s Children
All IT people know the three rules above. You would never allow technology to be applied to a business process without reengineering the process first. And yet, when the “customer” is the IT organization, all the conventional and hard-earned wisdom goes out of the window and into the shredder! I’d like to explore why this is, but frankly, I don’t know. I guess it is a syndrome that all professions are prone to – hence the ancient proverb.
Vaughan Merlyn is a management consultant, researcher, and occasional author. His primary focus for the last 35 years or so has been and continues to be the use of information and information technology (IT) for business value creation. Vaughan is an Executive Vice President with nGenera. In that role, he participates in multi-company research projects, consult with Fortune 500 type companies, and provide Executive Education. His blog can be found at http://vaughanmerlyn.com/.