Key Factors to Successful Projects
By Clarise Z. Doval Santos
In my years of project management, I have noted key factors that led to successful projects:
- Executive Sponsorship
- Commitment of project team
- Capabilities (knowledge and skills) of project team
- Funding availability throughout project duration
- Effective planning and control techniques
- Team work of project team
- Clearly established project objectives
- Effective uses of project management process
- Good Communication
It is important to realize that things that happen during a project life cycle don’t happen in a vacuum. Changes that occur affect the whole project. Hence, when a scope is changed, time and cost are also affected. I have seen projects that have failed because budget was cut and the schedule and scope were not revisited. In this case, risk increased and customer satisfaction was affected.
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Clarise Z. Doval Santos, PMP, CTO, InterActive Systems & Consulting, Inc. has over 20 years of experience in project and program management focusing on data warehousing, business intelligence, data analysis and software/systems engineering. Her career encompasses all aspects of designing, implementing and managing enterprise solutions including development and engineering of Decision Support Systems, BI suites, OLAP tools, Portals & Dashboards, Data Marts and Data Warehouses.
InterActive Systems & Consulting, Inc. provides professional and hosted services for project management, program strategy, IT architecture & technical evaluation for data management & analysis, SOA (Services Oriented Architecture), MDM (Master Data Management), SaaS (Software as a Service), BI (business intelligence), data base applications, data warehousing, and collaboration initiatives. We work at the intersection of waterfall, agile and community methods to transform distributed workgroups into cohesive, powerful implementation teams.