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

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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

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Making the Most out of the Project Charter

When a project charter is not focused on outcomes the eventual results are bound to be disappointing. A business case for a project typically describes expected benefits as a justification for the effort. However, the charters typically fail to mention these benefits and lay out operational aspects of a project, such as scope, timeline, budget,… Read more

Why Projects Fail to Deliver Business Value

What stands in the way of business value? Business executives often feel that their organizations’ IT departments simply don’t deliver what’s needed from expensive projects and programs. Sometimes they will say “Well, it took a long time, but we finally have a system that is making a difference for us,” or, “It cost us double what… Read more