Step 5: Establish a methodology

Managing a successful IT Project isn't just a technical and organizational issue. It's about managing people. Poor communication, internal politics, poor teamwork, lack of management support and poor planning are the primary reasons that projects fail. Here are the twelve keys to project management success.

Once you know what your project is, you'll need to establish the best way to implement it. This goes beyond established project management practices and includes technical procedures specific to your IT project: testing, implementation, best practices, reporting issues, troubleshooting, back-out plans, etc. Don't re-invent the wheel if you don't have to – check the web for existing project plans, management notes, and technical publications for discussions about similar projects. Smart managers learn from other people's mistakes.


Home: Introduction
 Step 01: Identify sponsors and stakeholders
 Step 02: Get a champion in top management
 Step 03: Clear goals and achievable, objective deliverables
 Step 04: Own the planning process
 Step 05: Establish a methodology
 Step 06: Be honest about your abilities
 Step 07: Make sure you have the resources
 Step 08: Assemble the best team you can
 Step 09: Communicate early and often
 Step 10: Establish clear metrics
 Step 11: Keep your deliverables in mind
 Step 12: Know when to ask for help
This was last published in April 2005

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