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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of a difficult, yet very current topic, 17 Nov 2008
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D. Pelych (Leamington Spa, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: It-Enabled Business Change: Successful Management (Paperback)
Having worked in this field for many years, you can easily be forgiven for thinking to khow all there is to know about this subject. This, despite the everyday difficulties we face, and evidence of high profile projects that continue to fail, for a host of common and entirely avoidable reasons. This book helped me to realise where my gaps were and inspired me to get out there and stretch the boundaries of my knowledge and expertise - to try to get it right more often.

The book is easy to read and covers all the main apsects of IT-enabled business change, pulling on traditional approaches, conventional wisdom and leanrnings from hard practical experiences - of success as well as failure. It doesn't perport to be a handbook with all of the answers, but it's a great summary of everything that you should be considering and doing for your company or your clients.

Any practitioner will quickly realise that it provides a solid framework that can usefully guide personal development, as well as helping to manage change project better. If you have well established methodology for this, let the book test that and challenge some of the standards you work to.

Right now, the UK in particluar is waking up to the potential economic benefits of fully exploiting IT investments - and the wasted opportunities of the past - getting IT-enabled business change right lies at the heart of the issue. It is very timely that Sharm Manwani shoudl write this book.

This is an essential read for everyone interested in this field, no matter how experienced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure Chest, 25 Nov 2008
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This book is a treasure chest of approaches and techniques for assisting readers tackle the myriad of issues associated with IT-enabled business change. It is astonishing just how much has been packed so lucidly for all audiences into just 150 pages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, 19 Feb 2014
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This book contains everything you need to pass the BCS Change Management module. It's written in an engaging style with plenty of detail, but as with all such books can be a bit heavy going because of the subject matter. I could only read a couple of chapters per day, but it's not too long so I got through it in a week and there were no surprises in the exam.

The revision sections at the end of each chapter are really helpful and the questions are pretty reflective of the type you get. It would have been helpful if the author had included clear answers to them as well as the case study questions. I found the case study a bit hard to follow and not too helpful, as I couldn't really relate to the manufacturing scenario, but other people might not have that difficulty.

I found some of the language a little bit convoluted; sometimes technical authors write in a way that feels relaxing, sometimes they give you a bit of a brain ache, this unfortunately was the latter type.
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5.0 out of 5 stars xmas present, 26 Dec 2013
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Mrs. A. J. McGrath "ajm" (england) - See all my reviews
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yes this was delivered in good time and item is as described no probs just what i needed for an xmas gift, i dont know if its content is gd or not really!
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4.0 out of 5 stars More business than IT, 14 April 2011
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Firstly, I enjoyed reading through this book. The subject matter looked (and was) ideally suited to me - I work as a Business Change Project Manager for a FTSE100 company. Our projects frequently have an IT element (some much larger than others). Not having much of an IT background I was hoping this book would help fill in some gaps however my own thoughts are that the book is primarily written for the other viewpoint - i.e. someone with a IT background wanting to learn more about how such projects fit into the wider business.

Having completed a business degree I recognised many of the techniques the author presented (force-field analysis, porters 5 forces, change cubes, amongst many others) and so there was certainly good research or topics presented. Furthermore having a project management & change background there was a lot of topics around alignment of projects to organisation goals, designing business change, implementing business change etc that I recognised. There was a recurring theme throughout the book where the writer trys to get across the importance of highlighting IT projects rarely truely are "IT projects", they almost always incur some sort of business change (new processes, new organisational design, training requirements, communications, etc).

In summary it is a worthwhile read with a lot packed into less than 200 pages. However people who have technical background wanting to expand their understanding of wider business projects, rather than focussing too narrowly on the IT aspects of such projects, will benefit most from reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Concised and comprehensive, 22 Dec 2010
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This a great book for anyone engaged in business change. It identifies key process and knowledge areas and suggests a range of frameworks for how to get it right on your next project!
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