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When IT Projects Get in the Way of Business Transformation

When IT Projects Get in the Way of Business Transformation
Kevin Sequeira

IT projects are initiated when business identifies a need to change or improve their processes. Many process improvement or business transformation initiatives have an IT component. A company I worked with recently that was looking for an IT solution to help them drive improvements in their global procurement group. The key driver was a need to make operations more efficient to support aggressive business growth objectives. Essentially this was a business transformation project. The IT component in this case was a key part of the success of the project. The IT project would deliver a more effective transaction system for procurement and better information for decision making.

Given the potential benefits to the business of these projects, it is not hard to get business support and sponsorship, as well as engagement of resources from the business side. However, expectations are normally high, and a clear understanding by the business of the rigor and methodology around IT projects is not always understood. Read the Complete Article

An All Purpose Checklist for Project Closure

An All Purpose Checklist for Project Closure
Kevin Sequeira

You’ve reached that point in the project where you stand at deployment and you are ready to shake hands with the project customer and move on to your next assignment. Do you just flip the switch, wave goodbye and ride off into the sunset? Is your job complete? How do you know…what is your yardstick for saying, “that’s it, we’re done here!”?

From my project experience there are some key steps and critical things to check on as the project is deploying so as to ensure that the engagement is over and the solution is ready for the project customer. I’d like I present what I consider to be a reasonable ‘general’ checklist for use at project close out to ensure you’ve dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s before moving on to your next project.

  • Are all deliverables delivered?

    Review the project schedule closely.

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