IT Project Management: 30 Steps to Success

  • 36m
  • Premanand Doraiswamy
  • IT Governance
  • 2011

Few businesses could function effectively without their IT systems. At the same time, they depend on IT for more than their day-to-day operations. Companies must constantly innovate in order to remain competitive and keep up with ever-changing customer requirements; IT projects deliver these innovations. The IT project manager is the person responsible for implementing the project and realising the objectives it was designed to achieve.

An invaluable and concise reference: This pocket guide is designed to help IT project managers to succeed, and is based on the author’s years of experience in IT project management. The guide’s step-by-step approach will enable those new to IT project management, or intending to make a career in this field, to master the essential skills. For seasoned professionals, the pocket guide offers an invaluable concise reference guide.

Read this essential guide and learn how to …

  • Organise your team to achieve the best results: IT projects are a team effort. This pocket guide gives you useful tips on how to choose and lead the project team. It shows you how to ensure that roles and responsibilities within the team are clearly defined, and how to assign your people with the appropriate tasks.
  • Manage project costs and keep control of budgets: Budget overruns are notorious in IT projects. The guide shows you how to make an accurate estimate of the project costs, and how to track expenses as the project progresses in order to deal with the risk of overspending.
  • Manage and minimise project risks: In the course of any IT project, there will inevitably be some uncertainties and problems. The pocket guide explains how you should track risks, making your team aware of them, planning ahead to minimise their impact and prioritising problems to make the most efficient use of your resources.
  • Obtain senior management buy-in and retain their support: The most common reason for project failure is lack of communication. You need to understand the business case for the IT project, and how it fits into your organisation’s overall needs. The guide shows you what to do to obtain senior management buy-in at the outset and to retain their support over the lifetime of the project. This will be vital for the project’s eventual success.

About the Author

Premanand Doraiswamy is an IT Project Manager with close to 15 years of industry experience who has helped his clients to achieve delivery excellence in the field of IT project management. His experience covers a wide variety of project methodologies, and he is an active member in many project management communities and forums. His interests are mentoring new IT project managers and helping them achieve success.

In this Book

  • IT Project Management — 30 Steps to Success
  • Preface
  • Celebrate
  • Know Your Organisation
  • Know Your Project Cause
  • Know Your Project Scope
  • Know Your Project Organisation
  • Form Your Core Team
  • Set Your Project Governance
  • Split Your Deliverables into Parts
  • Identify the Tasks
  • Sequence the Tasks
  • Set Roles
  • Estimate the Tasks
  • Constraints to Achieving the Tasks
  • Create A Project Plan
  • Estimate Costs
  • Baseline and Get Approval for the Plan
  • Initiate the Project
  • Track Your Team
  • Track Your Plan
  • Track Your Issues and Risks
  • Report Your Progress
  • Unexpected Changes
  • Plan Your Go-Live
  • Engage with the Deployment Team
  • Plan the Support
  • Plan the Transition
  • Go-Live
  • Close the Project
  • Share the Learning
  • Celebrate