It is impossible to identify and manage all the potential difficulties and ramifications associated with IT development projects. The larger the project, the greater the probability of unforeseen difficulty. In large IT development projects, it can become a massive task to coordinate the various teams working on the project.

If organizations attempted to find and resolve all project difficulties and potential difficulties, it would keep projects from moving forward; this is sometimes referred to as "analysis paralysis." This chapter does not strive for perfection. Rather, it tries to raise the awareness in IT installations and with the internal customer community, that the better prepared everyone is going into a given project, the greater the likelihood of a successful project.

While no one wants to be involved in an IT project that is less than successful, virtually every organization has project failures. If available, methods should be implemented to alleviate some of the difficulties and, as a result, improve the levels of IT service and customer satisfaction.

Of course, the nine factors outlined here create more work. However, this additional workload need not be a burden if the factors are understood and realized. When an organization incorporates the nine factors into the normal IT project development processes, the work required becomes less of a burden. If a relatively small amount of extra time and effort can improve IT projects and increase internal customer satisfaction, it is a small price to pay.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

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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