There are many encouraging signs that the economy is on the mend, but the recent downturn has also provided some important lessons in the way we manage IT projects. That is, IT governance is a good thing in any type of economy.

I like the way Ron Schmelzer of ZapThink consulting summarized the delicate balance that often needs to be maintained between too much control and not enough control in IT environments: “Everyone wants governance, but no one wants to be governed.” When companies attempt too tight of a reign over IT projects, end-users figure out ways to get around it. Not enough governance, and IT projects fail to live up to business expectations.

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