IT project management is the process of planning, organizing and delineating responsibility for the completion of organizations' specific information technology goals.
IT Project Management includes managing software development projects, hardware upgrade and installation projects, networking technology projects, and data management projects.
IT Project management is essential to any technology business endeavor. From simple installations to major overhauls, strong project skills ensure work is completed on time, within budget and to meet specific business needs. Without the appropriate approach to both short-term and long-term development, it is easy to lose scope or get off target. Techinform's IT project management outsourcing and business analysis solutions help companies stay on target through proven delivery and management methods.
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IT project management utilizes an iteration of processes to move the project forward. These processes are represented in the project management lifecycle:
The project goal, need, or problem is identified. The project manager is assigned to the project and the project charter is created.
The project manager and the project team work together to plan all of the needed steps to reach a successful project conclusion.
Once the project plan has been created the project team goes about executing the project plan to create the deliverables of the project.
Monitoring and controlling
As the project is being executed by the project team, the project manager monitors and controls the work for time, cost, scope, quality, risk, and other factors of the project. Monitoring and controlling is also an ongoing process to ensure that the project remains with its targets for each project objective.
At the end of each phase and at the end of the entire project, project closure happens to ensure that all of the work has been completed.
IT Project Management Methodology
IT project management methodologies are all about specifying the best way to initiate, plan and execute IT projects. Waterfall and Agile are two of the most prominent methodologies used in IT project management settings today.
Considered a more traditional methodology, Waterfall employs a sequential, top-down approach to IT project management with the goal of eliminating risk and uncertainty upfront. As a relatively new methodology for IT project management, Agile has grown in popularity with its change-driven approach that gives IT project teams the dynamic ability to quickly adapt to needed changes or course corrections. Since each IT project management methodology has its advantages, some IT project teams take more of a hybrid approach, using the methodology that makes the most sense for the specific IT project being considered.
Managing the Project Knowledge Areas
Managing an IT project is also represented by the ten project management knowledge areas. These ten knowledge areas segment different actions completed by the project manager throughout the project. The ten project management knowledge areas are:
- Project scope management: the project scope is defined, documented, and approved.
- Project schedule management: the project schedule is defined first by the working hours of the project, any project milestones, and ultimately a project deadline.
- Project costs management: the costs of the project are estimated so that a budget for the project can be assigned.
- Project quality management: what constitutes quality in the project is defined in specific metrics and agreed upon among the stakeholders as early in the project as possible.
- Project human resources management: the project manager works with the project team to verify that each team member is completing their assignments.
- Project communications management: stakeholders will need information from the project manager will need to provide information to the project manager throughout the project life cycle.
- Project risk management: risks are situations, events, conditions that can threaten, and sometimes benefit, the objectives of the IT project.
- Project procurement management: should the project need to purchase goods or services procurement planning will occur.
- Project stakeholder management: stakeholders are anyone that has a vested interest in the project.
- Project integration management: this special knowledge area is the coordination of the events in all of the other knowledge areas.
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