Project Management in IT

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Project Management in IT Managing the Information Systems Project | Initiating | Planning the Project | Execution and Control | Closing the Project | Project Management Software | Summary | Study Tools It is recognized that successful development and implementation of information systems is not only due to the technical knowledge of the team, but also the quality of the project management expertise of either the systems analyst or the project manager. Someone must be responsible for creating schedules, determining responsibilities, designing processes, resolving problems, and preparing plans for system implementation. We not only will learn the theory, but we will practice it by creating plans and distributing information electronically. Today, teams are often virtual and the ability to share information electronically is absolutely necessary for the success of our implementation. Managing the Information Systems Project While the roles of project manager and systems analyst may be unique or combined, it is important for the project manager of an IT project to understand what it takes to create a business information system. Most IT project managers have experience in developing systems and then choose to follow the career path of an IT project manager. The project manager has two main roles. The first role is setting up the project plan, making sure that all aspects of the project are identified in the plan, and ensuring that reasonable durations are assigned to tasks and resources needed to complete the project. The second role of a project manager is to make sure that the project proceeds on schedule per the plan. The first question we might ask is, where do projects come from? The answer varies depending on the organization. Well run organizations develop business goals and plans, and a part of that process identifies the systems projects that are needed to meet those goals and plans. These projects are prioritized along with the related business goals (projects), and a System Service Request(SSR) is generated. As budget becomes available, the SSR turns into an active project. The first step is to assign a project manager/systems analyst. The project manager not only has to juggle a number of activities, he or she also needs a wide range of skills, both interpersonal and technical. Common activities and skills are leadership, management, customer relations, technical problem solving, conflict management, team management, risk management, and change management. These soft skills are used in conjunction with the project manager's knowledge of the project management processes: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Controlling, and Closing. Initiating
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This note was uploaded on 08/02/2009 for the course BIS 360 taught by Professor Price during the Summer '09 term at DeVry Cincinnati.

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