It is not about the organization or head of other functional department of the enterprise. It is just for CIOs who normally are more advanced and educated in technology as compare to others. They (CIOs) typically have better ability to foreseen the vision of the organization from multiple dimensions as compare to other top management positions. They ordinarily have best skills to meet with the strategic needs so that vision can be achieved. How many of CIOs irrespective to their core expertise and experience care about project management in their projects? Hardly 2 out of 10?
It will not be fair to say that CIOs do not take interests in projects, they surely do and put their best efforts to achieve them. But, how many of those delivered projects went through proper project management cycle? Do CIOs deliver projects just based on their experience or they really take time to formally plan the project including its people, equipment, materials, risks, quality, cost, etc? Do CIOs welcome customer engagement during planning or other phases of project?
It has been noted from the results of several surveys that majority of IT projects got failed due to lack of project management practices or governance. Lack of communication was a major reason behind those failed projects. After improper communication, poor management of stakeholders and expectations were most highlighted cause behind those failures, where CIOs as well as project managers froze the wrong expectations due to minimum involvement of customer and passed them further to their team.
It is really a time to change for CIOs and everyone who think that they can deliver successful projects without any project management framework. There will always be a risk if you sacrifice the project management. Don’t you think that CIOs should change their mindset while delivering the projects? Please share your opinions in comments.