Project Kickoff – Simple Steps to Success

IT projects do not have a great success rate.  However, a project kickoff that includes some simple steps can significantly improve its odds.  These are not technical steps so anyone can do them.  If your next project skips these steps, then it is more likely to become another unpleasant statistic. The Big Why The first step in a project kickoff is: clearly define your why.  We have looked at this in past posts, and it is critical on your journey.  The “why” of your project helps you define where you are going and parameters for the trip.  Do

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Scary Statistics About IT Projects

It is no secret that IT projects are less than a roaring success most of the time.  However, when you start to look at the numbers around success rates and reasons for overruns it gets scary.  The problems we face are not new.  There have been IT projects documented for over a half century.  There is nothing scary about IT projects on their own; we just need to face the everyday struggles and address them to improve success rates. Patience and Communication is not Scary The problems around most IT projects can be boiled down to

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Writing Good Requirements

There is a discernable difference between novice and veteran requirement writers.  The process is more art than science, but it still has some best practices that can be of help to anyone.  Here are some points to consider that can help you make your next requirements document the best one you have written. Outline the Requirements In my experience, this is the most natural step.  Start with a high-level overview of needs for the project.  This helps set the stage for greater detail while providing a core design.  It is important to have this basic design as

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