We had a talk with our CEO a couple of months ago. Well, she talked, and told us the grand vision… the beautiful picture, you know that talk.
And then she said this: “Hands up all those who are passionate about education”.
And hardly any hands went up. Mine certainly didnt.
No big surprises for anyone out there right? Well, talking to my CIO friend, he told me that she had been shocked. She was passionate about education, and didnt understand that not everyone in the organisation was. An interesting point…
Now, to the point of this blog, which, hidden in the lengthy anecdotal introduction, is this:
IT projects need passion to succeed.
Passion is not normally a word used in IT much. But it should be.
A reasonable proportion of IT people, particularly developers, are somewhat passionate about what they do. Others, just in it for the money. The best have a passion, but sometimes that passion can be misguided, leading to increased complexity, which I am passionate about avoiding at all costs!
But this sort of passion is not the point of this blog. I am talking about the passion for the IT project itself, not the technology, but the actual thing, the application, the… thing.
Now, any honest IT geek is going to tell you, they are passionate about the tech, and how they can make a beautiful system. Not about the point of the system. Theyre never going to use it, that would be a waste of passion…
No, the passion needs to come from the business. I believe, if the business is not passionate about an IT project, it is highly likely to ‘fail’*. Passion must come from the business. If there is no passion, the project should not be started. If the passion is not going to come from the people whose lives you are improving, whose system it is, DO NOT START THE PROJECT!!!!**
there will be a few more posts about this, since I think this is a very important point, and leads nicely into another agile rant….
**unless its really cool technology that you want to play with on someone elses budget 🙂 then, full steam ahead! Uh, where captain? Ahead fool! uh… theres a big rock there sir… We’ll smash right through it! ahead I say!
*fail in IT is one of those nebulous terms that nobody defines really well, but generally it means that somebody up high ends up looking really bad to someone even higher…P