Approving systems projects
eight questions an executive should ask
Information technology projects are complex and have a reputation for cost runaways. This article discusses the common processes, tools, and disciplines which increase the potential for project management success. Executives should ask a number of key questions when evaluating systems projects, such as: is right person managing the project? Does the project's scope sufficiently address objectives and measures of success? Are the project's processes and risks adequately taken into account? How are scope and change control to be managed? Which early warning signs will indicate trouble? Would the project be worth doing if delivered late, or over-budget, or if it failed to deliver the intended benefit? The answers to these questions will be critical when deciding whether to invest in systems projects.