IT Project Management
IT Project Management
It is an established fact that IT projects are more prone to failure than any other type of project. In fact using the traditional yardstick of Time, Cost and Quality virtually no IT projects can be considered totally successful. The main reason for this is that IT projects are inherently more difficult than non-IT projects. It is therefore particularly important for IT projects that they are correctly Initiated, Planned and Managed. This is the responsibility of Project Management.
Throughout the course practical applications of the theory will be illustrated by examples and case studies from the presenter’s considerable experience of managing large, complex IT projects. The format of the seminar is very interactive with delegates encouraged to share their experiences.
- Learn how to engineer an information systems project by breaking it into standard phases with the appropriate activities and milestones.
- Learn how to manage risk by anticipating it, controlling it and including it in the project estimate.
- Learn how to get the correct requirements from the user and the importance of doing so.
- Learn about prototyping techniques.
- Learn how to estimate effort, duration and cost of a project.
- Learn how to plan a project balancing the constraints of time, cost and quality.
- Learn how automated project management tools assist in project planning and control.
- Learn how to control a project actively rather than reacting to crises.
- Learn the importance of quality assurance and how to achieve quality in your project.
- Learn how to assemble an appropriate project team, assign responsibilities, motivate and manage the team.
- Learn the importance of delivering customer satisfaction.
- Have a standard methodology for engineering an IT project across the organization
- Have a standard quality control system that enhances company growth toward higher SEI Capability maturity levels
- Be able to ‘roll-up’ multiple project reports for summarized reporting across the organization
- Determine the best project team organisation within the enterprise, allowing efficient sharing of key resources
- Have a standard set of documents; for example plans, proposals, designs and so forth. Personal Impact
- Reduce your level of stress by being able to organize your activities and time around multiple projects
- Acquire key IT project management skills
- Be able to report project progress so that all stakeholders are satisfied
- Motivate a team and yourself
- Delegate for efficient use of everyone’s time
Module 1 – Project Scope & Integration Management
- Project Management Institute
- Project Management Body of Knowledge
- Project Appraisal
- Definition of project success
- Scope Management
- Life Cycles
- Obtaining correct Requirements
- Project Initiation
- Integration Management
- The Project Development Plan
- Work Breakdown Structures
- Use of Microsoft Project
Module 2 – Project Time & Cost Estimating and Risk Management
- Generic Estimating Techniques
- Software Estimating Techniques
- Project Scheduling, PERT and Critical Path methods
- Precedence Relationships
- Resource Usage and Leveling
- Risk Identification Methods
- Risk Analysis & Response Development
- Risk Monitoring
- Contingency Planning and Management Reserves
Module 3 – Project Procurement Planning & Project Control
- Procurement/Contract Planning
- Proposal Solicitation/Contract Types
- Evaluating Suppliers
- Integrating Scope/Time and Cost Control
- Project Monitoring
- Evaluating Progress using Earned Value
- Handling Scope Changes
- Change Control
- Project Meetings and Reports
Module 4 – Project Quality Management, Human Resource Management
- Quality Planning, Quality Assurance & Quality Control
- Key Principles of Quality Management
- Quality Standards – ISO 9000
- SEI Capability Maturity Model
- Project Organizations
- Building the Project Team
- Team Dynamics
- Conflict Management
- Project Manager Responsibilities and Skills
- Motivating the Project Team
Module 5 – Project Close-out, Advanced Topics and Conclusion
- Project Methodologies
- Integration of Processes
- Configuration Management
- Stakeholder Management
- Project Closeout
- The Importance of Cash Flow
- Multi-project Management
- Critical Chain Scheduling
Who Should Attend?
This seminar is intended for Project Managers, Technical Leaders, Clients, team members, IT system users and anyone involved in an information technology project. It is particularly beneficial for non-technical people who find themselves responsible for an IT project. This is not a software engineering course but it will provide the basic knowledge required to manage a software project from initial requirements analysis to final implementation.