Elements of Project Success

Elements of Project Success

A project is defined as a set of tasks having a defined start and end point and specific objectives, requirements, and goals. Clearly, both business continuity and disaster recovery planning qualify as projects under this definition.

Following are the elements of project success.

-Executive Support
-User Involvement
-Experienced Project Manager
-Clearly Defined Project Objectives
-Clearly Defined Project Requirements
-Clearly Defined Scope
-Shorter Schedule, Multiple Milestones
-Clearly Defined Project Management Process

Exeuctive Support

Executive support for any IT project is the number one success factor.
Support from the top of the organization for an IT project is very important since executives have the ability to provide funding, resources, staffing, and political cover. If they are convinced there is a clear business need, they will provide the necessary resources.

User Involvement

The projects where users are not involved ultimately fails. Users must be involved in requirement analysis  since they are the people who are going to use it.UAT is must without signing UAT nothing should be put in production.

Experienced Project Manager

A PM Should have had some formal project management training or education and they may have achieved a standardized certification in one or more methodologies.An experienced project manager will utilize a defined set of steps, a methodology and experience from previous successes and failures.An experienced PM will increase your odds of successful project.

Clearly Defined Project Objectives

Objectives are what you want to accomplish Clearly defined objectives are quite important because your project plan must be scaled to your organization’s unique business needs. Best practice for defining objective for projective success is to develop a high-level list of functional areas of your company and invite key people from those areas to help define the objectives, you need to get these stakeholders together to agree on objectives.

Clearly Defined Project Requirements

Requirements are how you will accomplish defined objectives.Requirements typically fall into three categories-business, functional, and technical requirements.Clear and complete requirements can also make the significant difference between success and failure, especially for an IT-related project.

Clearly Defined Scope

Scope is defined as the total amount of work to be accomplished. Scope typically is defined through the project’s objectives.Making sure payroll can be run during a disaster may be one objective, making sure your company can still take, fulfill, and invoice customer orders is another objective.Clearly defined objectives lead to a clearly defined project scope.

Shorter Schedule, Multiple Milestones

Shorter schedules with many milestones Produces more successful results. Planning project can be broken down into smaller project having one project plan for each functional area and one master plan that ties these all together. Milestones are project markers that help you gauge progress in an ongoing project. These are the checkpoints that can help you stay on budget, on schedule, and on scope as your project progresses.

Clearly Defined Project Management Process

Well-defined project management process is very important for successful project.Again it goes hand to hand with an experience PM.
Best practice is to select a process and use it from start to finish so there are no gaps in the process, which .inevitably lead to gaps in the plan

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