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cover story | project management

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ost often, IT managers are not much aware of project management processes nor have the inclination to get associated with it, as they are confined to their core IT competencies. But the reality could be otherwise. The ambition to grow in professional life makes it imperative for them to understand the nuances of project management process and transformation management methodology that helps them in successfully planning and accomplishing many difficult tasks. Depending on the sector, a few variants could change in terms of methodologies, practices and activities. IT Next embarked on this cover feature to provide insights into the importance of project management and innovative practices that should be followed to execute a successful project implementation. While it is not an IT team’s core operational area, it is vital to adopt certain best practices in any project that they get associated with as they move up the value chain. It helps improve the organisation’s performance.

Best PM Practices Key to Growth

invariably falls within the IT managers’ gambit of strategies to scale up and evolve as a leader. There are specific areas in which IT managers should adopt best practices in order to become indispensable. Manoj K Gupta, President and CEO, Project Management Institute (PMI) of India, says, “Most organisations intend to improve performance in specific areas where they would need the support of the IT team and seek strategies to work out an effective model. The areas revolve around adopting best practices to arrest cost, ensure timely project delivery and contain risks,” says Gupta. According to PMI, it is perceived that management reviews influence adoption of best practices during project execution and it is understood that only 50 per cent of major players and industry leaders adopt best practices. IT Next has tried to a highlight certain challenges that IT managers face in streamlining project management strategies and hiccups they encounter in various quarters. The feature also throws light on the innovative approaches and methods that could be followed in making the process more robust and realistic, irrespective of the domain to which a project belongs.

Critical Areas

It is observed that in the initial stages of a project, the inertia level is high as the concept and framework of the project are not clear and systematic. The feature aims at providing insights to keep the concept simple and practical for a swifter rollout. The scope triangle is another area wherein time, cost and quality play a vital role in determining the success of the project and its closeness to meeting the set objectives. Another critical aspect is retaining the project without letting it go out of hand or allowing it to get disrupted midway owing to unforeseen hindrances. The disruptions are often multi-dimensional and come from many fronts including operational and business groups. The best ways to resolve confrontations arising from these groups without letting it affect the project momentum are to pre-empt them. The feature brings opinions of industry experts on the reasons leading to project failures, which if addressed carefully using best practices, can result in successful —Manoj K Gupta, President & implementation.

It is agreed that project management is the discipline of planning, organising, securing and managing resources to achieve specific goals, which

“Most organisations intend to improve performance in specific areas where they would need the support of the IT team and seek strategies to work out an effective model” CEO, PMI

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