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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Mapping Out Your Successful Kronos Installation

Feb 3, 2015 10:51:57 AM

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Are You Really Lost if You Know You're Not Where You're Supposed to Be?

Company legend holds that I might find my way out of a paper bag with a flashlight, a map, and someone holding my hand, but that has yet to be supported with any conclusive evidence. I am, in fact, directionally challenged. I am the person who has to turn the map to reflect my current position because understanding that north is not necessarily in front of me makes my head spin.

Thus, it was not surprising when I found myself on the wrong road while in Arizona for a company strategy meeting. I had driven myself to Improvizations' company headquarters several times before - so I stopped using my GPS. 

 

Wrong move.

 

Fortunately, it only took a few miles before I realized the ubiquitous cactii were not the familiar milestones I had come to expect and I was able to turn around (and turn on my GPS) and get to my final destination. Amid the peals of laughter at the office, I insisted that I wasn't really lost because I knew where I wasn't!

Which brings me to the point of this post - without a solid project plan to get where you want to go,will you get there? Or will you, like me, wander around in the desert, knowing exactly where you aren't?

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