How to Succeed at Project Management: Building a Proper Foundation

Feb 26, 2015 7:00:00 AM

 

We never intentionally set ourselves up for failure. However, in the world of IT project managment, new managers will often find themselves in the midst of a project doomed to fail, without fully understanding who or what went wrong. In order for any IT project to be successful, it must be built on a strong foundation. There are four key building blocks necessary to build a strong foundation for an enterprise IT project.

 

 1. Approved Business Case 

The first step in any IT project is to design your business case. The business case records the justification for starting a project. It describes the benefits, costs and impact, plus a calculation of the financial case. Clearly outline the expected business outcomes and the strategic reasons for your Kronos implementation. Document, define, and discuss all of the different factors included in the project. Once you have your project outlined and defined, gain approval from all business and project sponsors. 

 

2. Sufficient Requirements and Strong Internal Support

 Strong Internal support and alignment will give a Project Manager and team the confidence needed to strive for difficult goals. Make sure the project goals are achievable, while still stretching your team to improve. It is essential to always have sufficient requirements for your team. 

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