IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT Name Institution Instructor Course Date IT Project Management Introduction Project Management refers to the process of acquiring techniques skills tools and knowledge on a number of activities that can see to it that a project is initiated and managed successfully from the beginning to the end (Heagney 2011). The adoption of IPv6 and eventual use of VoIP will require a careful evaluation of the implementation process and for the success of the project. The IT project can be divided into transitional phases as indicated in the figure 1 below. The above mentioned phases do not necessarily follow each other in the order as indicated. The phases include: Project strategy and business case This phase involves the clear definition of the overall project and the business requirements that the project requires for its completion. Under this phase the management requires to identify the various stakeholders and the third party to handle the logistics. The project should be properly integrated with other project available in the organization. References Australia C. L. & Blanton S. (2015). Information Technology Project Management. Cambridge MA Cengage Learning US. Burnett K. (1998). The Project Management Paradigm. London: Springer London Doraiswamy P. & Shiv P. (2012). 50 top IT project management challenges. Ely Cambridgeshire: IT Governance Pub Harvard Business School Press (2006). Managing projects: Expert solutions to everyday challenges. Boston Mass: Harvard Business School Press. Heagney J. (2011). Fundamentals of Project Management. New York: AMACOM. Hill G. M. (2009). The complete project management methodology and toolkit. CRC Press. Letavec C. J. (2014). Strategic benefits realization: Optimizing value through programs portfolios and organizational change management. Plantation FL: J. Ross Publishing. Wiegers K. (2010). Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools. Sebastopol: Microsoft Press. Xavier M. C. (2004). Project management: Head start. Morrisville N.C.: Lulu. [...]
You are working for a mid-sized Aerospace firm (or government office) and are walking down the hall of your office building. Catching up to you is the recently appointed Vice President of Information Technology/Research and Development. The VP says “Hi, (your first name), how’s that degree coming?” Some pleasantries are exchanged then the VP hits you with, “Our plans indicate we finally should be moving to IPv6 and starting to use VoIP. While I think we have the technical expertise to slowly implement these, I’m concerned about the planning and getting ready for these technology challenges. We may need a full up Project Management Office to supervise this, right? Plus, what about project closeout when we are all done? What have you learned in your classes that might help us on this?” You respond by saying that you have learned a lot about planning, processes, procedures, risk assessment, scheduling, and the activities of closeout. You have learned that writing a simple plan is not usually sufficient to handle IT insertions that can have far reaching effects on the organization and/or parts of the organization. The VP nods affirmatively at your hallway conversation then says, “Why don’t you put together a point paper on the things I need to consider as we get ready to make these changes.” You know what the VP really means. Put together a four to six page paper plus two to four charts to show that you know how to analyze and manage one or both of the projects mentioned. Do a good job on this 20 minute presentation, handle the follow on questions well, get back to the VP later with a multi hour planning session and the job is yours. Then you get to plan and fight for the budget, schedule, personnel and performance objectives. This is your opportunity to step up to the next level. Capture the job, be successful, then move on to bigger projects or take that cushy Department Head job at Pt. Magu, California, and enjoy the beach with your family. But first, capture the job with the initial 20 minute task.(For the purposes of this exam, it will be better for you to focus on this IT PM class). Course Objectives to consider (THESE are NOTquestions to be answered) • Identify major principles in IT Program/Project Management and the need for dynamic detail planning for 21st Century marketplace, differentiating IT Project Management from classical program management. • Develop advanced job descriptions/requirements, and statement-of-work with detailed change management procedures for IT environment. • Master the fundamental principles of Information Management into multiple projects to deliver a successful program and strategic direction for an organization. • Develop an integrated project plan to include project goals and objectives, statement of work, work breakdown structure, project activity network diagram, project schedule and milestones, project budget, and cost-time performance tracking measures. • Demonstrate the effect of IT life-cycle in industry and the need for efficient processes, organizational structure and implementation tasks. • Use project management software to effectively plan, execute and track all types of projects. • Examine the organizational and behavioral aspects of Information Management and develop "soft skills" to effectively lead, manage, communicate, and resolve conflicts. • Examine the obsolescence factor in design and implementation programs of IT, addressing procurement issues. The task: prepare a four page (min) to six page (max) paper, with up to four charts, to explain how you would plan for and manage a technological insertion into your organization. Use as a guide the course objectives above, as appropriate. Not all eight are needed. Make your “exam technology” generic and do not focus on IPv6 or VoIP. (Please read that sentence again. You do not have to use the provided technology topics). This can be presented as a verbal flow chart or a step wise series of tasks as noted in the text and as supported with the PMBOK. You know that the VP, for this initial session, is not interested in a two hour tutorial of everything you know and have learned in this class or similar classes.