Using a project leadership framework to avoid and mitigate information technology (IT) project risks

Information technology (IT) projects are notorious for falling short of its sponsor's goals. Within the project management literature, numerous researchers and practitioners have touted the benefits of using risk management to improve project outcomes. But can risk management help IT project managers deliver more successful results than their predecessors simply because they identify and analyze project threats? This paper examines how IT project managers can better manage the risks related to their project type. In doing so, it reviews the literature on IT project risks, which it used to structure two daylong professional development seminars that were administered through PMI's Southwest Ohio chapter, seminars in which a total of 48 IT project managers participated. It overviews the two sessions: the first involved 23 participants who examined 92 risk factors arranged into nine risk categories and identified 70 top risks; the second included 25 participants who developed risk mitigation strategies--in relat
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