A Guide to Avoiding Failed IT Projects
As you will know by now, if you are a reader of my blog, and because I keep reiterating the point to get through to Project Managers I share these stats once again. It is reported by PWC, Forbes, and the Project Management Institute (PMI), a significant portion of IT projects fail to meet their goals and deliver expected outcomes. The reasons for this are various, but on this post I will focus on poor project planning, which often plays a significant role.
However, by following these five key steps, you can develop a detailed project plan that sets your IT project on the path to success:
- Define clear objectives: Start by defining the project’s goals and objectives. Make sure they are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART).
2. Gather requirements: Next, gather requirements from stakeholders to understand what they expect from the project. This helps in creating a comprehensive project plan that takes into account all necessary elements.
3. Develop a timeline: Create a timeline that outlines all the tasks and milestones of the project. Make sure the timeline is realistic and takes into account any potential roadblocks.
4. Assign resources: Assign the right resources, including personnel and equipment, to each task. Ensure that the resources you assign are adequate for the task and have the necessary skills and experience.
5. Monitor progress: Regularly monitor progress and adjust the plan as necessary. This helps to keep the project on track and ensures that it stays aligned with the goals and objectives.
By following these five steps, you can develop a detailed project plan that will help you avoid the common pitfalls of failed IT projects. If you need further help or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. And lease comment a you see fit. Do you agree or disagree? Did I miss something ?