The Problem with the List of Functions

What is a typical reaction to this list? The normal response is, ''Are you out of your mind? You've described an entire department. Clearly, this will take time and money to set up and will require an operating budget far beyond what we are spending today. We can't even get the money to hire the technical staff that we need. How are we going to fund something like this?''

This reaction is reasonable. Most consultants who set up project offices caution that it will take a year or longer and will cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. But the payoff is projects that are better controlled, resources that are better allocated, and benefits that are better provided. For information systems departments ...

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