Visibility Of It Project Failures

It should come as no surprise that failures of information technology (IT) projects often have a negative impact on the business organization sponsoring the project. There have been numerous reported cases where the failure of IT to deliver much needed capabilities impacted a company's financial standing, market shares, or even worse. A list of some of the more visible IT project failures was published by Computerworld in September 2002. Some of the projects cited in that article include ERP implementations and large-scale custom development efforts.1 In 2003, CIO magazine discussed some of the challenges facing the IRS Modernization Project, an $8 billion project involving infrastructure upgrades and modifications or replacement of over 100 separate applications, and the issues confronted in AT&T's Wireless recent upgrade.2 While the various lessons cited in these references were certainly of interest,

Functional IT Manager

IT Project Manager

Business Sponsor

Responsibility

Continued operations

Completion of project objectives

Completion of project objectives

Authorization

Position in organization

Project Charter

Position in organization

Assignment

Permanent

Temporary

Temporary

TABLE 34-1. TYPICAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

TABLE 34-1. TYPICAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

what is even more important a lesson to learn is the potential impact these failures had on the corporations, their markets, their customers and their employees. IT matters in a technology-enabled world, and IT project management matters as well.

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What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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