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IT Management, Part II

Projects, Programs and Business Change

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This book in the IT Management series is a practical guide for senior managers who are looking to improve their success in delivering projects and realizing clear business benefits.
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The Project, Program and Business change book in the IT Management series is a practical guide for senior managers who are looking to improve their success in delivering projects and realizing clear business benefits. The book is based on the experience of its author David McKean and the feedback from hundreds of delegates and IT Leaders network members, sharing best practice from the industry.

It is targeted for experienced managers who have probably been running projects from some time and are looking for something to take them to the next level. For this reason, the book only gives a cursory overview of the basics of project, program and business change management and instead focuses on higher level issues.

  • About the author and IT Leaders
  • An introduction to IT projects, programmes & change
  • Project success guidelines 1 - Get off to a good start

  1. Choose good projects (be careful what you ask for)
  2. Choose the right time to start
  3. Choose a good team
  4. Be clear on what is being delivered
  5. Create a high level architecture
  • Project success guidelines 2 - Managing project progress
  1. Develop strong project management skills
  2. Make them sweat the small stuff
  3. Keep a high level overview for yourself
  4. Tips for managing costs, contracts and suppliers
  5. Set up good project governance
  6. Communicate clearly to all parties
  7. Keep measuring value (SPRINT)
  8. The art of managing project portfolios
  • Project success guidelines 3 - Closing the project
  1. Get ready early for the “go-live”
  2. Make the change “irreversible”
  • Risk Management - 5 things to know
  1. The basic calculation – Problems vs. Risks?
  2. The Risk Register
  3. Assumption based risk analysis
  4. A smart way of visualizing risk profiles
  5. Quality based costing and Monte Carlo
  • Change leadership
  1. The special role that IT managers play in business change
  2. Success guidelines for business change
  3. The emotional side of (business) change (DREC)
  4. The importance of a good team
  • Outline of the top project frameworks
  1. International standards
  2. PRINCE2
  3. Project Management Institute
  4. Agile Development
  • In conclusion
  1. Take time to reflect
  2. Staying ahead
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About the Author

David McKean

David McKean is a former CIO, having worked for several multi-national companies around the world, including AT&T ventures in Asia, UPC Nederland in Holland and C&W UK. He is now the managing director of IT Leaders Ltd, a leading provider of IT management training. He has worked alongside some of the top IT leaders in the business and shared experiences with countless IT managers and CIO’s from around the world. It has helped him to understand why some IT professionals make it and others don’t

IT Leaders runs public courses, distance learning programmes, blended learning and in-house courses. Public courses on IT Business Management and IT Leadership are run regularly at Henley on Thames in the UK, New York in the US, Dubai in the UAE and Singapore. All IT Leaders programmes are accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management and presented by former CIO’s and senior level directors. Delegates include IT managers from all companies world-wide of every size and industry. Our clients include Accenture, Allen & Overy, Alstom, Amey, Barclays, Boeing, BT, Capita, Debenhams, DHL, HP, HSBC, John Laing, Philips, Rothschild, Royal Bank of Canada and Siemens.

The IT Leaders programme looks at 8 key IT leadership skills, including organizational politics for IT managers, leading IT teams, business and IT strategy, technology innovation, crisis leadership, business change leadership, senior level influencing and corporate leadership.

The IT management and commercial excellence programme topics include IT to business alignment, business relationship management, managing IT teams, technology sourcing, negotiation and finance for IT managers.

The blended and distance learning programmes are available world-wide and are based on the 10 management skills model developed by IT Leaders. Courses are live and interactive, using on-line seminars, e-learning and assignments backed by a comprehensive course guide and mentoring from the course leader.

IT Leaders also runs a vibrant network of IT Managers, available to former delegates and all other IT managers for a small annual subscription. The network group is vendor independent and meets three times at Henley on Thames in Oxfordshire (and on-line), to listen to top leadership and management presenters as well as discussing key topics of interest.

This book is based on the experiences of our delegates and additional interviewees. If you have any comments or management learning that you would like to be considered for future editions, please feel free to email me at

You can also purchase David McKean's printed book IT Management: Managing People 1 on Amazon.