Private - Best Practices for Managing IT Projects (1 Day)
About course

This course will improve your skills managing information technology (IT) projects. The reasons IT projects succeed or fail will be explained, along with the critical success factors needed for success. This course will discuss how to select the most effective life cycle model for different types of IT projects. The importance of identifying stakeholders and managing expectations will be reviewed. Types of project requirements and methods for eliciting and documenting will be explained, along with how to define the project scope and trace it back to the requirements. Best practices for estimating, scheduling and managing risks on IT projects will be discussed. How project planning differs on Agile projects will also explained. Success factors during project execution will be covered including progressing work, managing changes and getting troubled projects back on track. The role of testing, transition to production and ensuring the project benefits are realized will also covered. 

Who should attend

This course will improve the project management skills of project managers and other project personnel working on IT projects. This course is intended for people who have an understanding of the fundamentals of project management.

Course features

The purpose of this course is to provide practical knowledge and skills to help ensure success on IT projects. Upon completion of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Understand critical success factors for IT projects
  • Know which life cycle model will be most effective on specific IT projects
  • Explain the types of requirements that need to be elicited on IT projects
  • Understand the process to define scope and trace it back to project requirements
  • Prepare more complete project plans for IT projects 
  • Manage and progress work on IT projects
Course outline

Foundation for Successful IT Projects

  • Reasons IT Projects Succeed or Fail
  • Critical Success Factors for IT Projects
  • Skills Needed by IT Project Managers 
  • Typical Stakeholders Expectations on IT Projects
  • The IIBA and BABOK® Guide

Project Initiation: Setting the Stage for Success

  • Selecting the Right IT Life Cycle Models
  • Stakeholders Identification and Analysis
  • Project Proposal Process

Project Planning

  • Types of Requirements
  • Eliciting and Documenting Requirements
  • Defining Scope to Meet Requirements 
  • Tracing Scope to Requirements
  • Estimating and Scheduling on IT Projects
  • Dealing with Specific IT Project Risks
  • Determining Budget and Schedule Contingency 
  • Planning on Agile Projects
  • Project Management Plan Evaluation Checklist

Project Execution

  • Project Success Factors During Execution
  • Progressing Work 
  • Managing Changes
  • Dealing with Troubled Projects 
  • Role of Testing 

Project Closeout

  • Closeout of IT Projects
  • Lessons Learned
  • Transition to Operations
  • Value Achievement
Course information
Duration: 7 hours
Earn: 7 PDUs
Delivery Method: Virtual or Traditional Classroom
Knowledge areas addressed

This course addresses the following knowledge areas of the Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide):

  • Integration Management
  • Scope Management
  • Schedule Management
  • Time Management
  • Risk Management
  • Quality Management
  • Communications Management
  • Stakeholder Management