Using standard methods from financial services, a risk adjusted return analysis of IT projects is presented. The approach requires project performance be compared to a benchmark and explicitly incorporate a quantified notion of risk. The results are quite different from those obtained using traditional project measures such as ROI, NPV or breakeven time, and can significantly enrich conversations with business stakeholders. Indeed, officers of public companies with a fiduciary responsibility to maximize shareholder returns will find the results thought provoking.
John Helm Principal, JHelm Associates
John Helm is a technology executive whose career spans academia, nonprofits, financial services, and technology companies. He currently does technology management consulting to support his research into improving the financial performance of technology systems.
Previously John has been the VP of Engineering and CTO of Imprev.com, CTO of Drugstore.com; founding President and COO of Umaxon, LLC; and, Head of Architecture, COO of Global Messaging and Collaboration Services and Chief Information Architect at Merrill Lynch. Additionally, John has held key technology management positions at Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley, served as the Director of Computer Services for the American Health foundation, and a survivor of three startups. Prior to Wall St. John was a professor of Applied Physics at Columbia University.