The CEO’S Ten Step Guide to a Successful IT Project – Step 7

Step #7                 Validate the revised plan and re-affirm Business commitment Whether the business solution envisaged is to be developed in-house or via a third party, the process you have been through should have resulted in a revised plan, somewhat … Continue reading

The CEO’S Ten Step Guide to a Successful IT Project – Step 6

Step #6                 Validate the RFP & Selection Process Bias, conscious or unconscious, is inherent in all of us, and in every decision that we make. Even our decisions to become better informed about a topic are effected by our … Continue reading

The CEO’S Ten Step Guide to a Successful IT Project – Step 5

Step #5                 Ensure an informed sign-off of the requirements definition You might suppose that this step was added to round out the steps to ten. Surely the user knows what is required, or the project would not have been approved, … Continue reading

The CEO’s Ten Step Guide to a Successful IT Project – Checkpoint 1

Checkpoint #1 Other than the failure to properly implement Change Management, probably the second-most  systemic reason for IT project failures is the reluctance to institute and perform a checkpoint. Every major PM methodology subscribes to this process. Sometimes called stage-gate, … Continue reading

The CEO’s Ten Step Guide to a Successful IT Project – Step 4

Step 4   Identify a high level champion for Change Management Change Management is THE primary determinant for a successful IT project. The absence or failure of the change management process accounts for fully 50% of failed projects – more … Continue reading

The CEO’s Ten Step Guide to a Successful IT Project – Step 3

STEP 3   Invest in the Project Foundations Few significant business investments outside of IT would get approval without: a formal process of thought, investigation, discussion across a broad range of stakeholders, a sound plan and budget, all of which could … Continue reading

The CEO’S Ten Step Guide to a Successful IT Project – Step 2

STEP 2   Ensure technical feasibility within the time limit proposed for the project. Step 1 was probably easy for you. As the business leader, you probably felt comfortable dealing with business objectives. You may be less comfortable with technology issues … Continue reading

The CEO’S Ten Step Guide to a Successful IT Project – Step 1

STEP 1 – Ensure the project has sustainable business benefits and identify to which business unit(s) they accrue That’s two steps, but the first seems too obvious to merit a blog entry of its own. But … You have probably … Continue reading

The CEO’S Ten Step Guide to a Successful I.T. Project

In a career spanning more than forty years I have been involved in hundreds of successful project and been witness to hundreds more disasters. I have also performed more than a few post mortems on failing or failed projects. During … Continue reading