CIPS

					            IT Professionalism
                     &
                   CIPS


“The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies.”
What is the acceptable software
failure rate for the auto-pilot
                                                            Who is accountable for
system in a 747 jet?
                                                            ensuring a 911 telephone
                                                            system has 100% availability?




    How much money was lost when the
    Toronto Stock Exchange systems
    went down and trading stopped?




       “The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies.”
   Licenses for a computer program




“The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies.”
       A poorly designed software-controlled baggage handling
       system for a major new US International Airport,
       combined with a poorly managed implementation project,
       delayed opening the airport for over 1 year.
       Everything else was ready.




“The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies.”
          Professional code of ethics




“The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies.”
                       Design Dilemma




“The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies.”
             Computer-controlled
           crash-avoidance system




“The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies.”
  A Medical Association exists to ensure your liver is not taken out
  when you have an appendectomy.



  A Professional Engineers Association exists to ensure bridges
  that are built will withstand travel loads and nature.




  Who is taking responsibility to ensure that IT projects and
  products have predictable levels of quality, reliability, and
  support?

“The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies.”
“The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies.”
       Building a Profession
       • How do we ensure our IT industry practitioners
         have the correct qualifications?
       • How do we ensure that IT professionals keep
         their skills current?
       • Who will discipline IT practitioners that are
         negligent in their profession?
       • Who will enforce the proper use of the
         profession’s designation?
       • How do we ensure the integrity of the IT
         profession is protected?

“The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies.”
      Elements of a Mature Profession
     •   Initial Professional Education
     •   Accreditation
     •   Skills Development
     •   Certification
     •   Licensing
     •   Professional Development
     •   Professional Societies
     •   Code of Ethics
     •   Organizational Certification 1,2

“The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies.”
       Elements of a Mature
       Profession
       “A profession has an identity – that the
       professionals see themselves as part of
       community of like-minded individuals who care
       about the quality of their professional practice.
       This identity usually manifests itself in the form
       of a professional society. Most professionals
       belong to the society, which, mostly through
       volunteer efforts, promotes the development and
       interactions of the other components of the
       profession.”1


“The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies.”
                                                     CIPS Professionalism

  Professionalism goal
       Define and foster the Canadian IT profession.



  Promoting and achieving
  professionalism
        Code of ethics
        Certification (for members)
        Education Program Accreditation

“The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies.”
                                                     CIPS Professionalism


Requirements for becoming an I.S.P.
         Based upon a combination of education and
          experience, sponsorship, and adherence to
          the Code of Ethics
         University and college programs accredited
          by CIPS Accreditation Councils are used as
          benchmarks for the education component




“The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies.”
         10 Steps to a Successful IT Professional Career

                         1. Embrace the values of Information Technology
                         2. Practice the professionalism of your trade
                         3. Re-Skill… Re-Skill… Re-Skill….
                         4. Communicate well – and often
                         5. Develop a personal learning architecture
 Your Decision          6. Push for real senior management commitment
 Your Key               7. Create a new framework for learning
  Mandate
                         8. Rethink your personal goals, often
 The Hard Facts
 Letting Go             9. Focus on the future, and on change
                        10. Build the future

          “The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies.”
                                              “When you’re
                                        through changing…
                                                  you’re through.”
                                                              Will Rogers


“The professional association providing leadership in information systems and technologies.”
       Canada’s association of
information technology professionals!

           www.cips.ca

				
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