There is much discussion concerning IT system development cost over-runs, late deliveries, project cancellations, less than desirable functionality, lack of value and customer satisfaction, and poor user experiences. Very few people in IT understand the causes of these problems and even less know how to solve them. The result is a continued waste of time, money and resources that companies can no longer withstand. The need to fix the problems is great.
It is not rocket science to solve the problems. All it takes is knowing how to design and manage large complex technical solutions. The large systems engineering companies have been doing it successfully since the 1960's. There are well-established industry proven best practices and methods and all it takes is applying them to IT system development to make the problems go away.
The majority of the problems can be avoided by starting out doing a great job at analyzing the customer and user needs, determining the best technical solution to meet the needs, and thoroughly planning, costing and scheduling the project prior to jumping full speed into cranking out the design and implementing it. Scope and requirements creep can be minimized by beginning the project correctly.
The larger the job, the more complex it becomes, and the greater the quantity and frequency of the problems. With multiple product teams, each developing a portion of the total solution, to bring all the parts of the puzzle together correctly requires exact timing and synchronization of project activities, excellent cross-team communication, and an integrated approach to multi-team project management. Cost overruns and late deliveries can be eliminated if you run the project efficiently and productively.
The quick and easy way for someone to learn how to enable and assure successful IT projects is to take my 90 minute webinar. So if you know a program or project manager, IT architect, system engineer or architect, software engineer, data engineer or I&T engineer that needs to know how, or a functional manager or CIO that wants to understand what it takes to consistently be successful, then please have them contact me to setup a session. It will be well worth everyone’s time and money and the improvement in their projects will be priceless.
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