What?! That was my response when hearing Dr. Rainer Janssen, CIO of Munich Re deliver his keynote presentation at the EIC conference this week. Dr. Janssen offered many perspectives that I had not heard or thought of before. Many an article has been written and presentation offered that discusses “alignment” of business and IT. Most of these supposed tenets were turned upside down or inside out during a very interesting presentation.
Some business stakeholders might want your IT project to fail? Really? I thought we invited stakeholders to IT projects to make them succeed. The lesson here is; make sure you know the motivations of stakeholders that you invite to the project. The worst case is not knowing they might be pulling against you – until it’s too late.