Break down IT projects into smaller and smaller pieces, until each piece represent a distinct and cohesive activity, for instance provision of computing infrastructure.
Each piece of work is then assigned to a small team made up of IT specialists and staff with other relevant skills, and completed using a methodology suited to the task.
Amazon famously uses a “two-pizza” rule – where every project is broken down into services and those services are provided by a team that is no bigger than can be fed by two pizzas. By breaking down to the ‘two pizza approach’ you group smaller numbers of activities together so you’re much more likely to have the right active processes applied to the activity.
Line managers are already choosing to form ad-hoc “two pizza” teams to work on tech projects staffed by hand-picked IT specialists and leaving the IT department out of the equation, according to recent research by Forrester.