Managing a successful Windows or IT project isn't just a technical and organizational issue. It's about managing...
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people. Poor communication, internal politics, poor teamwork, lack of management support and poor planning are the primary reasons people fail. If you've been suddenly thrust into the role of project manager, learning the accepted project management practices and methodology is not much different than learning any other technical task. The skills that determine your projects success depend on your ability to manage more intangible skills.
Here's what I've learned over the years:
12 STEPS TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT SUCCESS
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
|ABOUT THE AUTHOR:|
| Bernie Klinder, MVP, consultant
Bernie Klinder is a technology consultant for a number of Fortune 500 companies. He is also the founder and former editor of LabMice.net, a comprehensive resource index for IT professionals who support Microsoft Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 and BackOffice products. For his contributions to the information technology community, Bernie was selected as an MVP (Most Valuable Professional) by Microsoft. Copyright 2004 TechTarget