Member Batye agreed to review Phil Simon’s book, Why New Systems Fail: An insider’s guide to successful IT projects. If you’d like to review a book for the Bookworm Blog, send me an e-mail at Melanie at ITKnowledgeExchange.com to express your interest.
The book uses a simple, true-to-life approach to educate the reader while keeping him entertained. Phil Simon provides valuable insight and explanations of practical solutions for Project Managers or CEOs. Simon’s language communicates his knowledge with the reader in a clear and comprehensive manner.
The book is logically organized in five major parts, arranged into chapters that contain real world case studies and practical guides where mistakes leading to failure are clearly outline and explained. Simon has a unique ability to break down complex problems to adapt to the readers’ needs.
Adaptability is key for CEOs and program managers, and the information in this book could be valuable if absorbed and implemented in the proper way. Simon maps a practical way to successfully implement your IT systems by providing examples of just that along with those implementations’ successes and failures.
I wish I’d had this book ten years ago; I’d probably be better off financially and further along in my career.
Disclosure: The publisher of the book provided a free copy for this review.