Before you say goodbye to summer and get back on the ball with IT projects you may want to refresh your memory with these words of wisdom from Nucleus Research (free report): The root cause for failed IT projects is not the technology but rather missteps in project management and planning.
Taking the time to build a structured project strategy and a clear business case that can be used as a budgeting and planning tool can help you avoid the following most common pitfalls, according to the analyst firm:
- Too much customization--It takes more time and you will spend more on consulting, especially on an ongoing basis.
- Skimping on training--Don't let seemingly intuitive applications fool you; have at least a quick tutorial.
- Absentee management--Get higher-ups involved, but make sure they have a clear view of the plan and a personal interest.
- Freewheeling consultants—Check their references with the same diligence as when selecting a solution.
- Assuming you're finished—Strategic technology projects are never really finished