Uh-oh. it's a computer systems project... a project management approach designed to sidestep the high IT project failure rate
Computer system implementations have a high failure rate. This article proposes a methodology which accounts for common mistakes in these projects. Planning approaches can be divided into planning which is structured, and planning which is looser and iterative. Both approaches offer advantages and disadvantages, but it is more important to manage risks, understand the nature of the intended change, and have clear business objectives that are specific and measurable. A balanced use of linear, exploratory, and personal management approaches can be used to avoid the usual overemphasis in computer systems on tangible factors at the expense of conceptual and personal effects. It is possible to plan computer-related projects in a way that is realistic and practical by using a flexible approach which, while not totally precise, provides a clearer view of achievable goals.