Goto Blog Home PageRevell Research Systems: Alastair Revell's Web Log
On this page....
Archive
<2017 December>
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
262728293012
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31123456

RSS 2.0     Atom 1.0     CDF

Summary
Search
Navigation
Categories
Blog Roll
About Alastair Revell
Alastair Revell is the Managing Consultant of Revell Research Systems, a Management and Technology Consulting Practice based at Exeter in the United Kingdom.
Contact Alastair Revell
 EMail Revell Research Systems Limited Email Me
Copyright
Legal & Other Notices
Sign In
Disclaimer
The material published in this web log is for general purposes only. It does not constitute nor is it intended to represent professional advice. You should always seek specific professional advice in relation to particular issues. The information in this web log is provided "as is" with no warranties and confers no rights. The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions.

Web Log Home | Welcome to this Web Log | Using this Web Log | New to Blogs? | About Revell Research Systems | Contact Details

Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 02 December 2009

I’ve been mulling over Michael Cross’ article of 23rd September 2009 for the Guardian web site for a while now, which was written in response to The British Computer Society rebranding itself as BCS The Chartered Institute for IT and announcing that it was revising its process for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) registration.

The article sported the contentious title: “IT can have its professionals, if they don’t get stroppy” with a subtitle of “Government and employers will not recognise IT ‘professionals’ if they are demanding as doctors and lawyers.” 

Mr Cross’ article highlights the tight rope that the Chartered Institute for IT walks as it tries to raise the level of professionalism in IT. The government is currently very supportive of the Institute’s moves to raise the bar in the IT profession, but Mr Cross rightly points out that “the trend could swiftly go into reverse if a new government finds IT professionals to be as stroppy and independent-minded as they find doctors and lawyers today.”
 
He continues: “Governments like taking expert advice – but only if it’s ‘Yes, minister’”, which certainly seems to be true with the recent resignations from various expert advisory panels because they apparently didn’t say what the current government wanted to hear.
 
The problem, of course, is that so called “stroppiness” is an important aspect of professionalism. A professional has a duty to their client to advise them when their actions are contrary to their professional advice and to point out the probable consequences.
 
It is precisely this lack of professional ethics that causes much of the damage to the public purse and, no doubt, many private purses too. As Cross chides in his article, “the IT industry isn’t shy about talking up its abilities” and he rams the point home with the anecdote that he has a corporate t-shirt that boasts a company slogan of “Mission impossible achieved”.
 
A major problem with the IT industry is that it is too heavily driven by sales hype that plays on the naivety of easily persuaded customers. Professionalism, on the other hand, is about telling the truth, whether the client likes the message, or not.
More about Alastair Revell

Wednesday, 02 December 2009 17:46:49 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
Comments [1] General | IT Profession | Trackback

RSS 2.0 Feed If you enjoyed reading an article on this blog, why not subscribe to the RSS 2.0 feed to receive future articles?
   
Revell Research Systems Logo Visit the Revell Research Systems Web Site if you want to learn more about this management and technology consulting practice.