From the category archives:

Project/Program Management

 Over the past couple of decades, overseeing and managing projects and programs and attending conferences, I have received several questions about best (and good) practices and projects managers using lessons learned. Why haven’t unsuccessful project managers learned from past projects or why aren’t they using lessons learned and best practices; project managers that seems to [...]

 At a network group meeting I was asked the question if I had used Agile and Waterfall development methodologies. My reply and response was yes. I was asked which do, or did, I prefer. I said I had used both and while each has it pros and cons, I have used each and have combined/mixed [...]

IT Project Management’s Missing Link – Configuration Management, An Improving but Misunderstood Discipline.

by E.R. Williams

(Sources: ITIL and DOD/MIL) Configuration Management is a discipline that has always been applied as a complement to system engineering, hardware, software, and application development and production (a developed or engineered product/system ) but over the years has been misunderstood and distorted by some industries outside of the Military and aerospace (MIL /DOD Standards); often [...]

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IT Project/Program Management:The IT industry has accepted failure as the norm

by E.R. Williams

I recently wrote an article, significant to the IT industry,  that was published on TechRepublic: The IT industry has accepted failure as the norm Read the complete article here >> Program and Project Managers must continue to move the industry to a state of continued success ; increase the success rate. Take responsibility and be accountable [...]

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IT Project Management Pitfalls…

by E.R. Williams

http://www.devx.com/enterprise/Article/46472 Internet.com Comments to: 9 IT Project Management Mistakes That Will Sink Your Project Your article identifies some good points to ensure your project stays on track. As I read the article and reviewed some of the comments I had several comments. Eddie Williams Comments: PM Pitfall #1. Inaccurate Scheduling Planning and estimates must be [...]

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Critical Technology Project Management Best Practices For Lessons Learned

by E.R. Williams

In my reading and research… this article’s title surely got my attention: Stop with the Lessons Learned => Click Here To Read The Full Article Correct me if I am wrong but it seems to me that the article is indicating that a lessons learned (post mortem) be conducted “a week before the end of [...]

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Concerns for ERP failures, SCM, VOIP and Large Scale IT Projects

by E.R. Williams

There are serious concerns going forward in 2011 regarding IT project and program failures, including ERP, SCM and VOIP. Some IT professionals in the industry don’t think that changes required to reduce the rate of failure, or to stop this disastrous trend, are forth coming. In one article this seems to be the case, including [...]

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Project/Program Management Lessons Learned

by E.R. Williams

Project/Program Management Lessons Learned “It’s about Management Control and Quality” Turn the listed items into checklists to be used for assessments and evaluations. The following is a list of lessons learned that have been identified and documented during a successful career of executing projects and programs. 1. A project manager must not only be responsible, [...]

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Project/Program Management Best (and Good) Practices

by E.R. Williams

1. Plan realistic scope and Task/ WBS (Work Breakdown Structure). Ensure it is a Collaborative activity between business and technology. 2. Estimate realistic schedules, resources required and cost (determine min, mid, and max) 3. Ensure Development has conducted any necessary assessments of the organization, system, applications, infrastructure, network, etc. Conduct a project management assessment if you are [...]

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What has contributed to your success?

by E.R. Williams

Best practice processes, lessons learned, and team building. It’s interesting that many don’t realize how lessons learned and updating or tailoring a process such as Configuration Management can contribute to the success of different programs, projects and products. I always get the subject question from presentations, conferences, social events, book signings, etc. How have I [...]

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