Conclusion

It is not easy to manage projects that are dependent on complex client/server systems. Technical problems may occur that "kill a system" that have nothing to do with project management. However, project management controls can be introduced that mitigate the risks of these problems. While auditing project management controls diverges from the traditional audit approach, corporate resources can be saved by escalating to senior management situations where these controls are not in place. As previously discussed, the most important controls to watch out for include:

■ Experience with the technology and similar projects

■ Adequately defining and documenting user requirements

■ Accurate estimating and establishing realistic target dates

■ Tracking progress and issues

■ Implementing effective security

■ Effectively documenting and testing the system

■ Obtaining user approval

If these controls are in place, the project manager and auditors have some assurance that the risks associated with client/server pitfalls are being effectively managed.

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Project Management Made Easy

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