According to CIO only 29 percent of IT projects are completed successfully. It turns out most IT teams don’t follow a standard project management process. Proper planning and better communication can negate the most common mistakes. In this post I will highlight some of the ways you can succeed in project management with your IT departments and their intricate projects.
First and foremost, you must take the time to define the project and build out a full scope. If you “wing” an IT project you will most certainly fail. Creating a well-defined project plan with provide IT clarity and the appropriate direction to succeed. When developing the project plan you will end up having a defined project schedule that will set up team members to prosper during their assignments.
After you have created the project plan and schedule, it’s very important to employee the right resources for the job. This means staffing with the appropriate people and, possibly, outsourcing some pieces and parts. You will also need to assess project management software to help plan and provide visibility throughout all the tasks.
Its important to stay flexible during the process. Having too rigid of a process can have a negative effect if project managers aren’t allowing changes to be made that may not disturb the project scope, but provide better user experience. Communication is key here, whether it is with internal teams or external stakeholders. Staying nimble during projects can keep all parties happy and provide a better solution in the end.
Finally, it’s imperative to educate stakeholders about the details of the project plan so you are setting expectations while setting yourself up for success. When all participants feel informed and accountable risks lessen.
Please share your thoughts about a project that you’ve participated in that were a success. Also, have you been part of a project that failed? Why did it fail? Was their a plan, open communication and the right resources?