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5 Steps to Ensure Successful IT Projects

Instead of acknowledging the fact that the company’s management skills are not up to par, many IT project managers blame the idea that technology has failed them. This shows how many managers are in denial of the common issues within the company’s workplace culture and other bureaucracies that is used as a weapon for job security while IT failure seems to be a given in the long run. However, there are several things that management can do to avoid IT failure. Let’s take close look at five steps that small business owners can take immediately to prevent IT failures.

 

Improve Technology Management

When project managers fall too much in love with technology, they may turn a blind eye on the integral parts of the IT infrastructure because technology by itself is not enough to ensure that an IT project is successful.  Most IT failures are due to poor technology management. This is an important part of the spectrum since the consequences of poor management will result in dramatic failure. This can be avoided.

 

Properly Prepare for IT Projects

Most IT projects fail due to lack of preparation by project managers. With poor planning, managers are unable to scope the project and with this will come associated risks and no quality assurance as well as lack of security.

 

Thoroughly Investigate IT Needs

If the IT project and the technology process do not match or is not in sync, this can result in IT failure, especially when the project is not well organized. It could also result in the potential waste of revenue.

 

Include All Decision Makers

When the right business leaders are not included in the decision making process, which could include new initiatives, plans can go awry, causing failure in technology and business operations.

 

Demand Flexibility

For rigid IT projects with no room for flexibility, IT project managers are not allowed to make changes to the processes or not able to quickly adjust to innovative situations that do require change. This is a recipe for failure.

 

Properly Define The Scope

When there is no preparation, most IT managers tend to be ‘all over the place’ and keep adding different features instead of focusing on the exact features that will work.

 

Conclusion

While these steps are not new, many IT project managers fail to follow them and subsequently fuel their own IT failures. If you have experienced issues with IT failures in your organization, pay close attention to these simple steps and refrain from being in denial so that you and your company can get back on track.

 

Posted on March 21, 2016 in Information Technology

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Marc enjoys working closely with other entrepreneurs helping them leverage technology to enhance success! Boasting 2 decades of I.T. consulting expertise, Marc continues to contribute in many forums, and offers technology insights through our regular newsletter and by speaking publicly across California. He contributes regularly to our blog and actively assists our team here at TechWorks as a virtual CIO consultant.

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