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Project Managers Learn Value Of Business Skills
As the scope of IT projects increases to include an organization's partners and suppliers, IT project managers are learning that business skills are essential. This article discusses why one research organization predicts that PMs business skills could be more important than technical skills. At InformationWeek.com

Tough Times Demand That CIOs Make Tough Choices
Making hard choices is what CEOs expect of their subordinates. IT is no exception. So, what are the hard decisions you should be making? At CIO.com

IT Retrenchment: Five IT Projects That Need Your Attention Right Now
Economic turmoil is forcing many organizations to freeze, trim or even dramatically slash internal budgets.  This means making hard choices, particularly involving IT projects, both planned and under development. How to diagnose your project portfolio to make the right decisions. At BaselineMag.com

Project Maps Minimize Risk
As technology's role in business operations increases, careful management of IT projects becomes more critical. Risk management is key. At InformationWeek.com

Writing Effective Project Proposals
At some time, every manager is told to prepare a proposal for a major new IT project or initiative. First time proposal writers wrestle with the same questions: How do I get started? How should it be organized? What should be in it? Through helpful tips, and suggestions, this tutorial will answer these questions and more. At RMS.net

Better IT Project Management: Get Smart
To build better IT projects, start by building a better project manager. At CFO.com

When Bad Things Happen to Good Projects
HP's project managers knew what could go wrong with their ERP rollout. They just didn't plan for so much of it to happen at once. Sidebar: Three Steps To A Business Contingency Plan. At CIO.com

Project Health? Should We Keep on Investing?
Overall, failure is more prevalent in IT projects than success. Although hidden from the public, failure rates of 70 to 80 percent are not unusual. Giga Information Group, for example, reports that successful (on time, on budget) projects amount to only 28 percent. At Information-Management.com

Getting Project Management Right
Project management continues to be a major reason for the failure of promising IT projects.  Often, technical problems are wrongly blamed.  And, sometimes, too much project management may be as troublesome as too little. At CIOUpdate.com

Smart People - Dumb Decisions: Adult Supervision Required
Too many companies investing a lot of money on IT initiatives that don't meet the minimum daily requirement for common sense. It's not that the ideas are bad—in fact, most of them aren't. But they are not well thought out. Why is it so important to quantify the payback of IT projects. At CIO.com.au

The Project Post-Mortem: A Valuable Tool for Continuous Improvement
The project has been delivered - there is one more important step before the team disbands: the project post-mortem.  It's really just the process of assessing how the project went, what worked and what didn't, and the lessons learned that can be applied to improve future project management. At University of California, California Digital Library

Don't Stop Thinking About the Value
CIOs know that project implementation success rates are woefully low. So once a project comes in on time and under budget, CIOs think they've won the battle and can move on. Wrong. Here are some strategies for wresting value from systems long after they've gone live. At CIO.com

Anatomy of a Data Warehouse Project Failure
Wasted time. Wasted resources. The inside story of fataly flawed data warehouse projects -- survey results. At Information-Management.com

Get Your IT Project Funded - 5 Steps to Improve the Odds
Developing project justifications on very short notice is no easy task; yet, many IT professionals find themselves needing to do just that. Getting the funding you need to carry out important work means submitting proposals that contain the key information decision-makers need and want. This five-step approach will help you complete effective justifications under even severe time constraints--the calling card of a professional. At RMS.net

No Time For Quality Trade-Offs
As business shifts to Internet time, top executives are pressuring their application development teams to build big, top-notch systems faster. They don't have that trade-off between time and quality anymore. Today's paradox is: How do you build software faster and make it higher quality at the same time? At InformationWeek.com

Anatomy of a Design Document, Part 1: Documentation Guidelines for the Concept & Proposal
The purpose of design documentation is to express the vision for an application, describe the contents, and present a plan for implementation. Although discussed in terms of game design, the concepts and techniques are useful for any application. A good primer! At Gamasutra.com

Anatomy of a Design Document, Part 2: Documentation Guidelines for the Functional & Technical Specifications
Did you ever look at one of those huge design documents that barely fit into a four-inch thick, three-ring binder? You assume that by its page count that it must be good. Well, having read some of those design volumes from cover to cover, I can tell you that size does not matter. They are often so full of ambiguous and vague fluff that it was difficult finding the pertinent information. So why does this happen? The second installment in this useful series. At Gamasutra.com

PMO Issues - Does a PMO Help or Hinder?
In theory, project management offices and project managers work together to deliver value to the organization in a consistent manner. In practice, PMOs and project managers can step on each other’s toes in a clash between results and processes which create their own set of pmo issues. Here are five best practices for how the PMO can improve harmony, from the project manager perspective.  At TacticalProjectManagement.com 

Identifying and Overcoming the Challenges of Implementing a Project Management Office
While anecdotal evidence suggests that implementing a PMO can be quite difficult, few studies discuss the specific challenges involved, and how organizations can overcome them. To address this gap in existing knowledge a team of Georgia State University professionals conducted an extensive research study.  This article, originally published in the European Journal of Information Systems, presents their findings.  At Palgrave-Journals.com

A Cry for Full-Cycle Governance
Governance should be the decision rights and accountability framework to encourage the desirable behavior in the use of IT.  However, in reality, what passes for governance is often a one-dimensional checklist- based effort focused solely on project cost and approval. At CIO.com

Petite Portfolio: Managing Small Projects Requires a Careful Balance of Rigor and Flexibility
Project management experts will tell you that IT departments are doing a better job than they used to in delivering big projects on time and within budget. But shift the discussion to smaller projects -- those valued at $250,000 or less -- and their confidence starts to dwindle. At Computerworld.com

7 Must-Have Project Management Skills for IT Pros
CIO.com surveyed project management experts to learn what skills are required to successfuly manage projects.  This is what they learned. At CIO.com

12 Common Project Management Mistakes - How to Avoid Them
IT executives and project management experts share their tips for avoiding some of the most common - and costly - project management mistakes. At CIO.com

 

 

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