Project Management Institute

Avoiding large-scale information systems project failure

the importance of fundamentals

Inattention to project management fundamental principles can lead to failure in a project. This is amplified in large-scale projects where it is more difficult to recover from mistakes. To avoid large-scale project failures, Information Systems (IS) professionals must adhere to the basics functions of project management. The four essential functions of project management include Executive Level, Project Level, Team Level, and the Analyst/Doer Level. For the best chance of success these essential functions must be used from the beginning of a large-scale project as well as throughout the entire organization. Straying from these essential functions may breed project failure. From the beginning steps of assessing the values and culture of an organization and scoping/planning a project, this article reviews the essential functions of project management, as well as outlines the steps needed to achieve large-scale project success.
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