Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sacred PM Practices -- Assumptions to be Tested

The research of large successful IT projects asked questions to test the following assumptions:

  • Well-defined project objectives are important to success

  • An effective Steering Committee is necessary

  • Careful consideration is given when selecting a project manager

  • Most, if not all, project team members are dedicated to project

  • Interaction with stakeholders is frequent

  • Project estimating (e.g., resources, schedule) is formal

  • Senior management is provided frequent and detailed visibility into a project as it progresses

  • Change management activities are formal

  • Projects learn from themselves by conducting occasional Lessons Learned Meetings and applying what is discussed.

Did I miss anything? Have you seen projects end successfully where other features came into play to help the project?

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