Benefits Management: How to Increase the Business Value of Your IT Projects, Second Edition

  • 5h 42m
  • Elizabeth Daniel, John Ward
  • John Wiley & Sons (UK)
  • 2012

The second edition of Benefits Management has been updated with current examples, further insights from experience and recent research. It shows how the enduring challenges achieving business value from information systems and technology projects can be addressed successfully. The approach, which is synthesized from best practices, sound theories and proven techniques from a range of management disciplines, is exemplified from the authors' extensive experience of working with a wide range of organizations. The book includes examples from a wide variety of projects including non-IT projects. The book is written in an accessible style, ideal for practicing managers, and includes check lists and templates for using the processes, tools and techniques and real-life case studies of their application and impacts.

The book now also includes:

  • International survey results that reinforce the importance of the topic, the key management issues and evidence of how the more successful organizations' practices are closely aligned with those described in the book.
  • A Benefits Management Maturity diagnostic which enables organizations to understand the reasons for their current investment success levels and then how to increase them.
  • Discussion of the role and contribution Project Management Offices (PMOs): how they can improve the delivery of value IT projects.
  • Further practical advice and guidance on Program and Portfolio Management, including findings from the authors’ recent research in several large organizations.

About the Authors

John Ward is Emeritus Professor at Cranfield University, School of Management. He was previously Professor of Strategic Information Systems and Director of the Information Systems Research Centre. Prior to joining Cranfield, he worked in industry for 15 years and continues to be a consultant to a number of major organizations. As well as publishing many papers and articles, he is co-author of the book Strategic Planning for Information Systems. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has served two terms as President of the UK Academy for Information Systems.

Elizabeth Daniel is Professor of Information Management and Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship at the Open University Business School (OUBS). Prior to joining OUBS in 2005, she worked in the IS Research Centre at Cranfield School of Management. Elizabeth’s research has addressed a number of areas including benefits management and IS in marketing and supply chains. Recent work has included studies of home-based online businesses and the uses of consumer and employee data. She has published many papers in leading academic journals and a number of management reports.

In this Book

  • The Challenges of IS/IT Projects
  • Understanding the Strategic Context
  • The Foundations of Benefits Management
  • Establishing the Why, What and How
  • Building the Business Case
  • Stakeholder and Change Management
  • Implementing a Benefits Management Approach
  • The Importance of Context
  • From Projects to Programmes to Portfolios
  • Creating a Better Future
  • Glossary
  • References