- Run the business
- Grow the business
- Change the business
And this is why the project management office has been introduced into many organizations and why so many important application development projects are run outside of the IT department.
This is the standard operating mode for most of the ‘strategic’ projects I have worked on. The IT department is good for many things. IT is a competitive advantage for many organizations, but not for all.
Project leaders are used to working to the agendas of multiple stakeholders, but at the end of the day they’ll follow their incentives. If you want your strategic project to be run to the IT dept’s agenda, run it from there. If you want a broader perspective bring it into a PMO or report into a C level with the right spread of authority.