Ways Of Managing Consultants

Because IT managers are ultimately responsible for the success or failure of a project, they must thoroughly document a project's history in case the project fails. When the heat rises because of a failed IT project, facts can sometimes get lost in the scramble to place blame. Consultants have experience in dealing with projects in difficulty and they can be adroit in defending themselves. Also, consultants probably have a better set of sales skills than many IT managers and can use those selling skills to bolster their position in the event of difficulty.

Whether or not a project is in difficulty, an astute IT manager is careful to gather and document facts about consultants' work. Gather this information as soon as consultants arrive and continue to do so throughout the life of the project.

Too often, the introduction of a consulting firm to a project is viewed as a panacea. Often, an IT organization abdicates de facto management of the project to consultants because the consultants have the required skill, the experience, and the personnel to accomplish the project. Also, many IT managers mistake the high expense of hiring consultants as an assurance of success.

Ultimately, an IT organization cannot pass off a project's success or failure to consultants. Managing consultants is no different than any other IT management issue and, to be successful, it must be done well. Managing the relationship among consultants, members of the IT department, and business customers adds another level of complexity to the already complex issue of managing an IT department. A part of initial project planning is allocating resources for managing consultants.

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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