Management Strategies

The author has recently completed a year-long field review that looked in some detail at some of his firm's largest complex systems development efforts. Based on a set of going-in positions about the challenges of such efforts, extensive interviews were held with personnel at many different levels of the projects. From these interviews, definite repeated patterns about these projects began to emerge, and it became clear that it is possible to set forth a number of factors necessary for a successful implementation of a large complex systems effort. Although a full treatment of all these factors is outside the scope of a single chapter, the focus here is on several that have to do with new ways of leading and managing a large complex systems effort:

■ Business vision

■ Testing and program management

■ Phased-release rollout plan

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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