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IT Project Management Lite

A quick start tool and guide to managing IT projects.

  • Organizations want reliable project reporting and clear, consistent project management standards, but many are unwilling or unable to allocate time for it.
  • Many IT project managers are given project management responsibilities in addition to other full-time roles – without any formal allocation of time, authority, or training.
  • Most IT project managers and stakeholders actually want clear and consistent standards but resist tools and procedures they believe are too time consuming and inflexible.
  • Standard project management procedures must be “light” enough for project managers to adapt to a wide range of projects without increasing the total time required to manage projects successfully.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Most IT project management advice is focused on the largest 10-20% of projects – projects with large enough budgets to allocate time to project management. This leaves most IT projects (and most people who manage IT projects) in limbo between high-risk ad hoc management and high-cost project management best practices.
  • Project management success doesn’t equate to project success. While formal methodologies are a key ingredient in the success of large, complex projects, most IT projects do not require the same degree of rigorous record-keeping and planning.
  • Consistent, timely, and accurate reporting is the “linchpin” in any sustainable project and portfolio management practice.

Impact and Result

  • Maintain timely and accurate project portfolio reporting with right-sized tools and processes.
  • Establish clear and consistent project management standards that make better use of time already spent managing projects.
  • Enable project managers to manage their projects more successfully with a set of flexible and lightweight tools and templates.

IT Project Management Lite Research & Tools

1. Assess the value of a minimum-viable PMO strategy

Perform a measured value assessment for building and managing a minimum-viable PMO.

2. Perform a project and portfolio needs assessment

Focus on the minimum required to maintain accuracy of portfolio reporting and effectiveness in managing projects.

3. Establish standards for realistic, accurate, and consistent portfolio reporting

Emphasize reporting high-level project status as a way to identify and address issues to achieve the best results with the least effort.

4. Create a standard, right-sized project management toolkit

Free PMs to focus on actually managing the project while still delivering accurate portfolio metrics.

5. Train PMs for zero allocation

Ensure project manager compliance with the portfolio reporting process by incorporating activities that create value.

6. Perform a post-implementation assessment

Evaluate success and identify opportunities for further improvement.

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A quick start tool and guide to managing IT projects.

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Guided Implementation 1: Assess Needs
  • Call 1: Scoping call
  • Call 2: Discuss results of Minimum-Viable Needs Assessment and PM time allocations

Guided Implementation 2: Develop a Strategy
  • Call 1: Determine scope and next steps to devising your zero allocation strategy
  • Call 2: Develop SOP to establish standards for portfolio reporting

Guided Implementation 3: Execute Strategy
  • Call 1: Customize the Zero-Allocation Project Management Workbook to suit the needs of your PMs
  • Call 2: Evaluate performance since implementation and review results of Quarterly Assessment; identify areas for further optimization


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