Ideally, it’s because such novels, at their best, can do the following:
- provide a degree of engagement and entertainment in making their points
- provide a realistic insight, in a “show not tell” kind of way, into what motivates the typical players in these business scenarios,
- help all factions (inside and outside IT) come to see the other side’s perspective and arrive at deeper understandings of common problems and disagreements.
- allow the CIO to hand the novel to his or her CEO or CFO and trust that everyone’s reading of it will help reach common ground in how to collectively and collaboratively approach the company’s goals.