PM Pointers: A “Needy” Team Member Is a Project Risk

A solely results-oriented project manager (PM) sees every project as a personal opportunity to achieve success. On the other hand, some PMs see a project as a series of process steps where their individual role is simply to check boxes. Neither of these approaches is effective. To be a great PM, one needs an array of leadership skills…. Read more »

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How to Increase IT Project Team Intensity

Motivation is a concept well-covered in project management resources, and is required constantly for project success. Intensity is the level of focus by a project team on a particular activity. Without taking deliberate steps, intensity tends to naturally slide. Maximum intensity is not appropriate to maintain at all times, as it could lead to burnout. However,… Read more »

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Great Traits: What Makes an IT Project Manager Exceptional

Throughout my projects with Abraic, I have worked with quite a few project managers. And while some were first-rate, others had a little catching up to do. Below are my observations on what makes an IT project manager great. It boils down to two key areas – vision and emotional intelligence.

5 Risk Tolerance Considerations for Project Managers

How Much Risk You Are Willing to Tolerate? Every project manager deals with risk assessment and risk management. If done right, the project manager will ensure the overall project plan includes a risk management plan early in the project. The risk management plan is typically guided by the risk attitude of the project stakeholders, which… Read more »

Change Management: 3 Success Factors for Faster Buy-In

Tweet: How does change happen on an #ITProject? Inspiration, Personal Buy-In & Quality #Abraic https://ctt.ec/VjUfd+ IT organizations generally pride themselves on their ability to embrace change. Their project execution methodologies are built around an assumed ability to rapidly identify, respond, and adapt to change. PMOs establish standardized development lifecycles and a comprehensive governance process for… Read more »

Divergence - When the Business Doesn't Take IT's Advice

Dealing with Divergence: When the Business Doesn’t Take IT’s Advice

You’ve just completed a lengthy requirements gathering phase with business users and are evaluating 3 software solutions. The solutions vary in price, but all 3 meet your “must-have” requirements. The highest-priced solution offers extensive capabilities which were identified as “nice-to-haves” that would ease multiple pain points. You appreciate the importance of these features and the positive… Read more »

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Running an Effective Fit/Gap Analysis

Commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) software—not custom software—continues to be the preferred option for many firms, especially for ERP and CRM solutions. The benefits of COTS solutions have been publicized widely and revolve around reduced time to deploy, cost avoidance, standards based, best practices included, solution maturity and platform flexibility, to name a few. However, many COTS deployments… Read more »

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10 Ingredients of a Successful User Acceptance Test (UAT)

The User Acceptance Test (UAT) is a critical component of any IT implementation. The goal of a UAT is to validate if a system or solution will meet the needs of business users in their operational environment. The outcome of this phase sends the project down one of two paths. If all goes well, the project moves on… Read more »

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7 Elements of an IT Project Health Report

A health check is a formal examination assessing if an IT project is on track and under control, and serving as a valuable continuous improvement tool. The outcome is a project health report that proactively and impartially informs project stakeholders of the well-being of the initiative. Too often, a project health check is only initiated once a project already is in… Read more »

The $12,000 Porsche: A Critical Lesson in IT Project Cost Control

I love Porsches. They always captured my attention as a child, and I told myself I’d own one someday. The sound, the quirky design, everything about them is perfect. One of my favorites is the 944, in production until 1991. It was a departure from Porsche’s typical design, so it isn’t terribly desirable to hardcore… Read more »