This book takes a mystical subject (strategy) blows it wide open, and imparts the knowledge and wisdom to turn an IT Department from a boring maintenance function, to pioneers of strategy. Plenty of examples, ideas and practical tips for those who seek to take the proactive lead; it will leave you nowhere to hide.
Paul Howarth Partner Akumen Business management Systems
If you are an IT Manager, Project leader, Project Manager, IT Coordinator, CIO, ... this book will give you a great view on how well your department is aligned with the business, and in what position you really are as IT Department
This is a substantial work - over 400 pages - and is constantly relating points to IT; but it is not an easy read and I would expect most of those who buy it to use it for reference rather than to read through.
At first sight it seems practical, with lots of applications to IT; but when you get into reading it, there is an impression of too many concepts, with insufficient selectivity and inter-connections. Part of my approach to reviewing management books is to look at the author’s biography, to assess practical experience. This perhaps reveals one problem; the biography states that the author ‘draws on every ounce of his facilitating and speaking experience’ and the book also mentions his MBA at Warwick Business School. My impression is that this may be someone from an academic background who is trying too hard to provide a theoretical approach which is getting in the way of the practical applications.
This book has proved invaluable for a change management project that our company has been undertaking. Our knowledge of the subject area was not perhaps as up-to-date as it should have been after five years out of the change management arena, but this brought us up to speed very quickly. In particular, the data provided has been ideal for including in presentations. A first class production from a highly switched-on author - who is an excellent communicator.