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4.0 out of 5 stars More business than IT, 14 April 2011
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This review is from: It-Enabled Business Change: Successful Management (Paperback)
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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