From Risk Management for IT Projects: How to Deal with Over 150 Issues and Risks

CHAPTER LIST

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Effective Issues Management and Coordination
Chapter 3: Analysis and Measurements of Issues and Risk

COMMON IT-RELATED PROBLEMS

Information systems (IS), or information technology (IT), have been around for over 50 years. The goal of most IS or IT efforts has been to effect change and improvement in business processes and management information. People have been working at this for thousands of years. With all of this experience, you might think that IT work and projects would be very successful if completed on time and within budget.

Too bad. This is still not the case. In the 1980s people were writing that over half (50%) of IT efforts fail. Moreover, among those that are successfully completed, even fewer have resulted in change and improvement. Some recent surveys and one by the authors point to a percentage here of about 30 35% that resulted in tangible, measurable benefits. This is not very good. One disaster story in 2003 was that of a major Japanese bank that had undertaken a major IT project. It was a colossal failure US$110 million was written off. No salvage. There appears to be little improvement.

Why does this happen? One reason is that technical staff and managers view each IT effort as unique and individual. System development is often viewed as an art or a craft. Lessons learned are gathered, if at all, at the end of a project, when most of the people have vanished to work on other...


Products & Services
Project Management Services
Project management services specialize in planning, coordinating, and executing projects according to requirements and constraints. They perform some or all of the activities related to project work, from conceptualization to completion. Emphasis is placed on creating and maintaining project milestones and the project schedule.
Business Consulting Services
Business consulting services include high-level business endeavors such as strategic planning, market positioning consulting, business plan development, enterprise architecture, and information infrastructure planning and development.
Risk Assessment Software
Risk assessment software evaluates and manages risks in project and system development in order to minimize disruptions and improve profitability.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly referred to as drones, are aircraft that are operated remotely or autonomously, without a human pilot on board.
Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)
Laboratory information management systems (LIMS) software is used to manage information and data in scientific and commercial laboratories.

Topics of Interest

CHAPTER LIST Chapter 4: Teams Chapter 5: The Work Chapter 6: Business Units Chapter 7: Management Chapter 8: Projects Chapter 9: Resistance to Change PART OVERVIEW Internal issues are those...

4.1 Best Practices for the Project Management Workflow The purpose of the Project Management workflow is to ensure the successful management of your project team s efforts. During the Transition...

"The more powerful a solution, the more difficult it is to sell. Win/win solutions do not sell themselves!" Introduction The more convinced you are of the power and benefits of your Viable Vision,...

ISSUES WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT Information systems and technology have now been around for almost 50 years. During this time, we have all seen many improvements in hardware,...

OVERVIEW By definition, the primary focus of the project team is the final deliverable of the project. However, the team must focus on the deliverable in conjunction with the activities that assure...