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Making IT Work: Tips for Great Teams from 6 IT Leaders

Today’s tech projects must deliver tomorrow’s revenue. Success depends not just on top-notch tech leaders but on smart input from every corner of the business.

Ready to tackle your next major technology project? As a business or technology leader, you may be the chief, the person to spearhead the project. But technology is so deeply engrained in all facets of business operations today that it’s essential that you invite people from different disciplines within your organization to take part.

So, whom should you include on the ideal IT project team? How and when should they be involved? What adds value — and what detracts?

BizTech spoke with six seasoned and innovative executives from Fortune 500 companies, SMBs and nonprofits who shared their insights on how best to pursue a major technology project, from planning and building a business case to implementation and beyond.

We talked to:

Nathan Coutinho, senior manager for strategy at CDW in Vernon Hills, Ill.

Kristin Frank, executive vice president of connected content for Viacom Music and Logo Group in New York, where she manages MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo TV.

Brian Katz, a director at pharmaceutical company Sanofi of Bridgewater, N.J., where he heads end-user experience and innovation.

Niel Nickolaisen, chief technology officer of O.C. Tanner, a human resources company in Salt Lake City that designs and helps clients implement employee recognition programs.

Bart Perkins, managing partner of IT consulting firm Leverage Partners of North Potomac, Md.

Sree Sreenivasan, chief digital officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.