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Contributors

Ten anonymous contributors

  • Projects are run ad hoc with little to no standards.
  • Lack of proper scoping at the beginning of the project leads to constant rescoping, rescheduling, and budget overruns.
  • Project leads track progress in their own way, which makes it difficult for leadership to understand project process and identify what projects require assistance.
  • Absent documentation means project leads are left to reinvent the wheel every time a new project is assigned.
  • Unable to pinpoint the ultimate decision maker, the project lead works unnecessarily to meet everchanging expectations.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Do not burden project managers with things they do not have time to do.
  • Determine what a sustainable process means for your organization.
  • Most formal project management methodologies are too comprehensive and rigorous for most IT projects.
  • Make the most of your project manager’s time, and be judicious about the standard that is set.

Impact and Result

Start with the project management foundation and grow from there!

  • Formalize what you are doing.
  • Get specific about requirements.
  • Keep stakeholders up to date.
  • Tightly control changes.
  • Learn from your mistakes.
  • Define when the project is done.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should develop a light-weight project management process, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand how to leverage our toolkit.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a nine call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Scoping

Call #1 - Scope requirements, objectives, and your specific challenges.

Guided Implementation #2 - Project Initiation and Planning

Call #1 - Introduce the best practice toolkit.
Call #2 - Assess the current project initiation and planning practices.
Call #3 - Review the Project Charter and Requirements Workbook for suitability.

Guided Implementation #3 - Project Execution

Call #1 - Discuss pain points with project execution.
Call #2 - Review the Status Report and Change Request templates and discuss customization.

Guided Implementation #4 - Project Closure

Call #1 - Discuss the value of a standard closure process.
Call #2 - Review the Project Closure Checklist and Lessons Learned documents.
Call #3 - Document RACI for the project management process.

Search Code: 96572
Published: March 17, 2021
Last Revised: March 17, 2021

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