IT project management is the process of planning, organizing and delegating responsibility for the completion of an organizations’ specific Information Technology goals. If the technology hasn’t been planned or implemented in your business, issues that will affect the project may arise, inhibiting project’s success.
- Specific IT goals definition
- Business analytics
- Hardware installations
- Network upgrades
- Cloud computing
- Virtualization implementation
- Data management
- Software development
- Ongoing IT services and Monitoring
In addition to the everyday issues that can cause a project to fail, factors that can negatively affect the success of an IT project include advances in technology during the project’s execution, infrastructure changes that impact security and data management and unknown dependent relationships among hardware, software, network infrastructure and data.
5 Process stages of Project Management life cycle
While these five groups are universal to any projects, the specifics within a project stage are unique to each client and project
- Initiation – the project objective is identified, the project manager is assigned to the project and the project charter is created.
- Planning and Design – project team is assigned; the project manager and the team work together to plan all of the needed steps to reach a successful project conclusion. As the scope creep usually occurs in an average project, the planning processes are flexible in nature and may be adjusted in the course of the project.
- Execution – the project team continuously executes the project plan to meet the goals of the project, with consideration to the flexibility of the planning and design.
- Monitoring and Controlling – throughout the process, the project manager and assigned team members monitor and control the factors of the project, such as quality, time, cost, scope creep, risk, etc.. As planning, monitoring and controlling is also an ongoing process.
- Completion – at the end of each phase and at the end of the entire project, project closure happens to ensure that all of the deliverables have been implemented, is approved, and ultimately transferred ownership from the project team to operations. With Managed Services, it is typical for the team delivering the project to maintain the project deliverables going forward.