How Do I Plan for Long Term Support and Maintenance

Whether or not you are going to run the long-term support and maintenance for your system, you need to think carefully about how they will be managed, and make sure that the deliverables from the previous stages will meet their requirements. Consider the internal and external events to which the operators of the system must respond. If they are a separate organisation, ask them - they will have experienced problems which you may not have thought of (or even thought possible ). You need to write...

Whats A Typical Procurement Process

There are several reasons why you might want to procure something from outside your own organisation, including the following You may not have the skills or resources to develop the system yourselves, You may want to supplement your skills with external resources but retain control of the development, You may believe that there are good package solutions to your problems -you'd be daft to write your own word-processor, for example, You may want to use an existing system either as a basis for...

How Can I Present My Plan

There are two prime requirements for the presentation of your plan clarity and maintainability. It has to be understood by a large number of people. You have to be able to update it, easily. You can present your plan in tabular form (like on page 76), but it may be better to communicate the key information graphically. The Gantt chart is the most common way of showing the tasks and milestones with their projected dates. This simply represents time along the X-axis and tasks as bars. The...

What are Critical Success Factors

During the acceptance process, you'll have to check whether you have satisfied a large number of requirements. If s very useful (essential if you want a clear indication of success and failure) to identify a few key targets which you must meet. These are the critical success factors for the project. Ideally, you should express these in terms of the user's business, or in terms of very visible attributes of your project such as total cost or final delivery date. However, they might well include...

The Art of Project Management

You won't be able to do all the tasks in a development yourself. Usually, you will have a team working with you, perhaps an external supplier, and you will also have to get what you need from the users and your managers. To fulfil your task you will have to manage, either directly or indirectly, the efforts of all these people. Essentially you must This chapter is about how to manage people to achieve your project's objectives. I assume that, as a newcomer to project management, you're going to...

How Do I Build a Team

If you're lucky, then the members of your project team will start to work together in a way that will make the team more successful than the individuals working togther. There will be a clear common objective, and work will be directed effectively towards that objective. You may find there is a certain amount of unspoken communication, with a greater common understanding than usual. This is a very enjoyable and productive experience. It is often described as a team jelling. There's no simple,...