IT Management question

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Discuss the importance of top management commitment and the development of standards for successful project management. Provide examples to illustrate the importance of these items based on your experience on any type of project. Discuss the unique challenges that an IT project presents.

Sep 10th, 2015

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Top management commitment and support is the number one factor associated with the success of information technology projects, according to “Extreme Chaos, 2001 of textbook p.17.  It’s very important to get and maintain this support.  Top management can help project managers get adequate resources, approve unique project needs, help get cooperation from other parts of the organization, and provide support as a mentor and coach to project managers.

example:

For example, the CEO of a major telecommunications company recently created a new post, VP/Chief Diversity Officer, to head a new department, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  The Chief Diversity Officer reports directly to the CEO (who not coincidentally also chairs his company’s Diversity Council), has regular contact with the CEO, and was given the human (staff of 6 professionals) and financial (multi-million dollar budget) resources to develop and implement diversity initiatives.  The new office diversity and inclusion is separate and apart from the Human Resources or Legal departments, highlighting the CEO’s commitment to and emphasis on diversity efforts. For this to succeed it is important that the top management support this fully.

challeges faced by IT projects

Unrealistic deadlines - Some would argue that the majority of projects have "schedule slippage" as a standard feature rather than an anomaly.

Communication deficit - Many project managers and team members do not provide enough information to enough people, along with the lack of an infrastructure or culture for good communication.

Scope changes - As most project managers know, an evil nemesis "The Scope Creep" is usually their number one enemy who continually tries to take control

Resource competition - Projects usually compete for resources (people, money, time) against other projects and initiatives, putting the project manager in the position of being in competition


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