NASCIO, the National Association of State CIOs, has released the results of a survey regarding IT project management in 34 states. The report is available for free on NASCIO's project management page, but state-by-state results require a login. The report reaches the following conclusions:
- There is value in adopting an enterprise approach toward IT investments.
- Given the complexity of implementing IT projects both within and across state agencies, clarifying the governance structure during the initiation phase of the project is essential.
- Organizational change management must be viewed as an integral component of project management.
- Enterprise portfolio management can facilitate the alignment of statewide IT investments with a state's goals and objectives and enterprise architecture approach.
- Actively supporting career advancement for project managers within the state through project management training and certification programs enhances continuous improvement.
You may look at this list and think "motherhood and apple pie," but state CIOs need this kind of external validation of IT common sense in order to convince their peers (and even many in their own organization) of the value of an enterprise approach to anything. Government agencies are the biggest stovepipes in the world because legislatures appropriate money to them individually. Convincing most agency executive directors and legislators is a tough sell.