It’s All About the People: Technology Management that Overcomes Disaffected People, Stupid Processes and Deranged Corporate Cultures

PM WORLD Book Review

pmwj30-Jan2015-Tripathi-BOOK COVERBook Title: It’s All About the People: Technology Management that Overcomes Disaffected People, Stupid Processes and Deranged Corporate Cultures
Author: Stephen J. Andriole
Publisher: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group
List Price:   US$ 57.55; $52.46 in Kindle edition
Format: Hard cover; 209 pages
Publication Date:   2012     ISBN: 978-1-4398-7658-9
Reviewer:      Arvind Tripathi, PMP, MBB
Review Date:            December 2014


According to the author “cost-effective technology management is much more about people, personal relationships, and corporate culture than it is about the technology itself or management best practices”

Overview of Book’s Structure

Chapter 1 looks at all of the people in our professional lives. Insights in this chapter are usually negative.

Chapter 2 is about organizational politics, among other reporting, governance, and power realities. This chapter also does not paint a rosy picture of the future of organizations but emphasizes the need to change.

Chapter 3 looks at new management best practices, given constraints of people, process, and cultures.

Chapter 4 explores outsourcing and cloud computing. According to the author, the new technology delivery models represent the greatest opportunity to save and make money with technology in a long time.

The final chapter suggests what to do tomorrow. It is a summary of all previous chapters and the strong views the author has about almost everything. In addition the book also has an Epilogue that once again repeats the same message over and over again.


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About the Reviewer

pmwj28-nov2014-Tripathi-REVIEWERArvind Tripathi, PMP flag-usa-india

Texas, USA 

Arvind Tripathi is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt & Continuous Improvement Coach at Flowserve in Dallas, Texas. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Lean & Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB), and a Certified Manager for Quality & Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) from American Society for Quality (ASQ) with 20+ years of professional experience in project and program management.

Arvind has delivered impressive business results in Aerospace, Automotive, Chemicals, Management consulting, Oil & Gas, Technology and Service industries. He has an MBA in Finance from Wichita State University, MS in Engineering Management from the University of Oklahoma and BS in Mechanical Engineering from India. He has been active in PMI, IIE, ASQ and is a past National Baldrige Examiner.

Email: [email protected]

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