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It's fair to say that IT governance is generally misunderstood, or at best, under explained. These misunderstandings aren't just annoyances, they can fundamentally impact the ability of an organization to fully utilize and benefit from IT go

5 Myths of IT Governance

fiveIt's fair to say that IT governance is generally misunderstood, or at best, under explained. These misunderstandings aren't just annoyances, they can fundamentally impact the ability of an organization to fully utilize and benefit from IT governance. In this post from the Higher Ed CIO, five myths of IT governance are explored. These 5 are:
  

  1. IT governance is about IT
  2. IT governance is about decision rights
  3. IT governance is about projects
  4. IT governance is shared decision making
  5. It governance oversees IT operations

looking closer, Jerry Bishop explains the myth that IT governance oversees IT operations: IT Governance should not become involved in IT management decisions which should be the responsibility of the experienced professionals who are accountable for the results. IT governance, to use Gartner's definition, has two components, the supply side and the demand side. When organizations allow IT governance committees to take over the supply side they create “IT management by committee”. This situation is usually very offensive to the IT leadership and would no more be tolerated by any other manager. The post is worth a look, especially if you need to re-establish what IT governance is to you and how it is considered inside your company. Bishop also covers the myths of IT governance being just about IT, is about decision rights and accountability, is about shared decision making, and only IT projects. 

About Anne Grybowski

Anne is a former staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success, with a degree in Media Studies from Penn State University.

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