The IT Manager's Survival Guide
If you have chosen to move from the safe haven of technology to the unpredictable world of management, this book could make the difference between success and failure.
"The IT Manager's Survival Guide is well named. Aimed at the techie becoming an IT Manager it covers the many alligators of IT management - from legacy systems to managing vendors - in easy chunks with checklists. It also provides the new manager with help to get ahead of the game by including articles from experts on what is wrong with IT management and a set of short reviews of management theorists from Strassman to Mayo.
I recommend this book for those who would like to buck the trend - the average tenure of an IT Manager is about 900 days - and run an IT outfit appreciated by customers and staff."
Gill Ringland, Fellow of the British Computer Society and Member of the BCS Management Forum. Author of Scenario Planning: Managing for the Future.
Becoming a manager.
Knowing your customer.
Our greatest asset.
The rules of engagement.
Establishing sound corporate governance.
Establishing service level agreements.
Dealing with hot spots.
Tips for quick-wins.
Living with legacy systems.
Business process re-engineering.
Help desk management.
Disaster recovery planning.
Give the business intelligence.
Planning the future.
Taking stock of your assets.
Structuring the IT organization.
Where to next?.
Appendix A Yukl's Specific Behaviours for Managing Relations.
Appendix B Business initiative proposal.
Appendix C Thorpe's 4 Rs.
Appendix D1 Jacques' time span.
Appendix D2 Jaques' complexity measures.
Appendix E1 Software inventory.
Appendix E2 Hardware inventory.
Appendix F Examples of principles.
Aalders has carried out assignments for multinational and governmental agencies including Australia Post, QANTAS, the National Rail Corporation and the Hong Kong Transport Department. He has gained line management experience, mostly in the transportation sector, which gives a business focus and practical orientation to his strategic studies.
PETER HIND of IDC works as a freelance analyst for the local IT industry. He runs InTEP executive forums for IDC in Australia and New Zealand and complements the resulting anecdotal research by conducting IDC's annual 'Forecast for Management' survey of around 8000 IS executives. A regular columnist for CIO magazine on both sides of the Tasman, he is passionate about taking the focus in IT off the technology and onto the better exploitation of information. Hind previously worked in sales and marketing with NCR Australia, Sigma Data and Unisys Australia.
"…extensive resource into the roles and requirement of an IT manger, including tips and techniques on how to get ahead…" (M2 Best Books, 2 September 2002)
"…I particularly liked the authors’ attention-grabbing anecdotes as they successfully guide the reader’s focus towards the boardroom…" (Computer Bulletin, January 2003)