Don’t Be a Scapegoat

Originally posted on the ProjExc Project Excellence Blog on 28-May-08
Cautionary advice for project managers looking at IT/change projects from ZDNET, in an interesting article.  Here are the top tips (more details in the article so follow the link):
•Get your head out of the software
•Plan and define as much as possible—but don’t go overboard.
•Manage scope creep—for real.
•Don’t be lazy with risk management.
•Get a grip on expectations.
•Govern with strength.
•Prepare for intervention.
•Drive behaviour to use the technology.
Interesting that the first tip came first.  All too often we meet businesses (usually, but not only, in the technology sector) whose people get excited about a piece of software that looks great on the monitor, helps justify the next PC upgrade, but does nothing for the project or the business.  Every time we would encourage clients to go through the process of planning, scoping, controlling risks and the like using the simplest tool that meets the need (pens, paper and MS Office often fit the bill – in more ways than one!).
What do you think? We’d love to hear your views.