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Gartner Entire contents © 2001 by Gartner, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction of this publication in any form without prior written permission is forbidden. The information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable. Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Gartner shall have no liability for errors, omissions or inadequacies in the information contained herein or for interpretations thereof. The reader assumes sole responsibility for the selection of these materials to achieve its intended results. The opinions expressed herein are subject to change without notice. COM-14-0133 M. Light Research Note 10 July 2001 Commentary Does Anybody Here Know How We Manage Projects? Project management is the key to SMBs being smart enough to know when an IT project is worth saving (or ending), while still being able to achieve positive outcomes without excessive cost, retraining or culture change. If asked, “Does anybody here know how we manage projects?” few small and midsize businesses (SMBs) could find volunteers in their IS organizations to answer, “Yes.” Nevertheless, these SMBs successfully deliver lots of projects, despite delays, blown budgets and occasional disasters. In fact, although it is often working subconsciously and through a “prehistoric” oral tradition, their project management methodology is there to be discovered, improved and applied more consistently. Though perhaps sagely reluctant to volunteer, an experienced project manager is often the source of much of that oral tradition. Losing that veteran (through promotion or career advancement elsewhere) can be a crippling blow. Left Behind With that departure, for example, would also go the cost- and time-estimation capability based on knowing the enterprise and the infrastructure — guaranteeing delays, overruns, budgeting problems and other disruptions. The “master’s” departure could leave the SMB with some apprentices who, for
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