Executive Briefings

Do You Need Some Guru to Manage That Big Project?

Your IT department is taking on a complex project--a new application with lots of data integration challenges, a Web front-end, a new database-management system platform, dedicated servers in the data center, and field-office training during the roll-out, along with all the usual issues of change control, help-desk set-up and contracting for ongoing support-services. It looks like half the managers in IT are going to be involved, one way or another. This project needs world-class teamwork and project management, both in the proposal or feasibility study phase and the implementation phase. But based on past experience, applications developers don't seem to be up to the challenge. Sure, they're great engineers and can do their own parochial share of the project. But they don't seem able to pull all the pieces together and manage the entire project. Too often at your company, teams haven't formed or haven't worked well, and IT struggles to deliver large projects like this one.
So, who you gonna call to manage the big project?
Source: CIO, http://cio.com

Your IT department is taking on a complex project--a new application with lots of data integration challenges, a Web front-end, a new database-management system platform, dedicated servers in the data center, and field-office training during the roll-out, along with all the usual issues of change control, help-desk set-up and contracting for ongoing support-services. It looks like half the managers in IT are going to be involved, one way or another. This project needs world-class teamwork and project management, both in the proposal or feasibility study phase and the implementation phase. But based on past experience, applications developers don't seem to be up to the challenge. Sure, they're great engineers and can do their own parochial share of the project. But they don't seem able to pull all the pieces together and manage the entire project. Too often at your company, teams haven't formed or haven't worked well, and IT struggles to deliver large projects like this one.
So, who you gonna call to manage the big project?
Source: CIO, http://cio.com