How to Guarantee Success in Information Technology Project Management

Information Technology Project Management, from a holistic point of
view, aims to be successful by harnessing the powers of teamwork. You
muster teamwork by engaging in steady communication, collaboration,
and consensus with your team.

First, there must be standardized practices being observed regarding
management of the specific project, reducing redundancies, and
enhancement of consistencies.

Second, stakeholder buy-in should co-exist with stable vetted
requirements in every project undertaken.

Third, the whole team (inclusive of other stakeholders such as
shareholders) should be able to define in concrete terms what success
really involves or means for that project.

Fourth, no further changes should be initiated once the project is
under implementation – except for changes which are of paramount
importance due to the benefits they will impart to the project.

Fifth, project needs, limitations of resources, and organizational
strengths and weaknesses should be factored in as the team is being
organized.

Sixth, adhere to guideposts that will tell the team how they are
progressing and whether the project is proceeding on schedule or not.

Seven, allow the customer or client to be informed about (and if
possible constantly involved in) the project from start to finish, to
allow the customer to participate in decision making and project
activities when necessary.

Eight, during the stages of planning, development and then delivery,
all deliverables should undergo testing.

Ninth, the customer should receive responsibility for any project
deliverables after ownership has been transferred to him/her,
preferably at culmination of the project.

Finally, the tenth step is for the team to go back over the project
to assess results, determine what lessons can be gleaned from the
experience, and try to come up with suggestions that will help the
team enhance performance in future projects of this sort.