The Significant Seven Imperatives for All IT Projects
Lead through change
Successful projects and IT change do not simply ‘just happen’ by themselves. Employ effective project leadership that will coach and augment existing resources and will build and engender complete support from all stakeholders.
Alignment and traceability
Ensure that all project deliverables and success criteria for those involved are directly aligned to the business goals. There must also be traceable linkages between all effort and result. This requires a systematic approach from project leadership.
Benefit paths from action to deliverable must be clearly defined. All roles, responsibilities and values relevant to all involved must be properly identified and explicitly represented to ensure effective and efficient project governance
During projects all action or inaction will have consequences. Operational changes, workloads, problems or external events must be rapidly identified and their impact immediately assessed so that changes can be made to ensure a successful outcome. Even the best laid out plans must be able to adapt to changing circumstances.
Pay careful attention to all details and strive to understand any and all interdependencies across the entire project. If delivery slips take immediate remedial action. Ensure full, frank and open communication throughout the entire project team so that problems do not go unnoticed or unattended.
Take a strategic approach from the outset and build from an enterprise-grade foundation of business, system and technology components. Identify and understand the differences and linkages between business processes, the capabilities required to support them and the specific underpinning technologies.
Projects must be run on a positive and assertive, not a negative or defensive footing. If teams are overburdened, then support must be found. If specific skills are not available internally, then bring them in for the duration required to ensure the project delivers.