How to Discuss the True Cost of Downtime
When it comes to IT projects getting leadership's approval can be a daunting task. So how do you get stakeholders on board? Explain the cost of downtime.
We need to discuss our IT initiatives in a way that helps business executives visualize and understand what it is we are needing to do. Better yet, we need to help them understand the cost or risk implications of not doing a project. Mike Sisco
Sisco illustrates a great point. Getting stakeholders approval for IT projects is no easy task. This is due in large part to them having no idea what the IT team is talking about. And I get, understanding what goes on with the security and tech of your business is often hard to grasp. So how do you get stakeholders on board? Explain the cost of downtime.
To find out more check out this article from Mike Sisco on CIO.
Who Should Read This Article
IT teams struggling to get approval for their projects should check out this article to learn the best ways to get leadership on board.
What You Will Learn
Sisco shares his insights on downtime and what two things every IT team needs to do if they want to illustrate this point accurately to their leaders. These things include:
- Draw a picture.
- Show them the numbers.
Leadership often understand things better when you paint a picture for them. To get them on board with future IT projects, show them the true cost of downtime.