How to Cancel a Failing IT Project

How to Cancel a Failing IT Project

“This implementation is going nowhere fast and I am canceling it,” said the CIO. I was in shock. In an IT career spanning decades I had never witnessed an executive make a decision as bold as this. But, truth be told, this particular implementation had already gone on for twice the allotted time and delivered… Read more »

Diagnosing a Dead-End IT Project- When to Fail Fast and Move On1

Diagnosing a Dead-End IT Project: When to Fail Fast and Move On

An IT department’s most critical point of failure lies in its inability to cancel a dead-end project. Canceling a project can be a great move, but it is uncommon. (When was the last time you canceled an IT project?) All too often, IT departments waste significant time and money on a fruitless effort. Let’s explore the… Read more »

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Getting Your Money’s Worth From JD Edwards Software

Implementations start with the best of intentions and the highest of hopes, but most organizations we work with fall short on outcomes from their system investments. JD Edwards is no exception. This is completely normal: IT projects have enough trouble staying on time, on budget, and on scope. So what do you do now? Watch this video for my advice: (If you… Read more »

The Iterative Vendor Engagement Model

Whitepaper Preview: The Iterative Vendor Engagement Model

The following post is an excerpt from The Iterative Engagement Model: A Calculated Risk and a Whole Lot of Reward. The traditional vendor engagement model is flawed. Technology initiatives are only getting more and more complex, time consuming and costly. Consequently, the risks associated with technology investments continue to pile up. Complexity increases the number of weak links,… Read more »

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Optimizing the IT Project Manager Role

Have you ever stopped to ponder the split personality of an IT project manager? (Did you enjoy the video? Consider subscribing to our YouTube channel.) Tweet: Optimizing the IT #ProjectManager Role | @mpapov http://ctt.ec/DQ2s5+

9 Symptoms of a Bad IT Project Sponsor

Tweet: 9 Symptoms of a Bad IT Project Sponsor #ITProjects #ProjectManagement http://ctt.ec/aOb4L+ The right project sponsor can make or break the success of a project, so it’s important to know upfront whether your sponsor truly supports your project. Think you may have a problem sponsor? Here are a few symptoms that indicate you do:

The 3 Levels of Alignment Required for Successful IT Project Teams

What are the root causes that lead some project teams to operate well, while others struggle? Underperforming project teams may result from a weak change management plan, lack of talent on the project team, or insufficient stakeholder support, among other factors. In my view, all of these issues boil down to poor alignment.

Upgrade Preparation: How Do You Plan for Success?

Today we presented in Teaneck, NJ at the Oracle User Group Conference INNOVATE16. Here is our slide deck, complete with upgrade preparation advice, templates, case studies, and a Dilbert cartoon. Please enjoy: Upgrade Preparation Best Practices & Templates | INNOVATE16 from Abraic, Inc

Abraic Requirements Definition Tips

Tips for a Better Requirements Definition Phase

Across the board, successful IT projects follow a certain recipe for success. Time and time again, however, you’ll see organizations skip this step, or that step, and the result can be less than satisfactory. One such example is the Requirements Definition phase, which answers the most basic questions: “What needs to happen?” and “Why does… Read more »

Everyone Is Moving to Agile. Should I

Everyone Is Moving to Agile. Should I?

Ever since the Manifesto for Agile Software Development was introduced back in 2001, organizations have questioned whether the newer alternative methodologies would be a good fit for their business. Meanwhile, as Agile’s popularity grows, there is increasing pressure on IT departments to adopt the approach. While the benefits of Agile can be compelling, those benefits… Read more »