1.0 IT Project Management

Table of contents

Introduction #

This project management guide is intended for anybody involved in or planning to be involved in project related activities. Other organizations may, therefore, make use of the information since it was prepared with organizations in the not-for-profit sector using project-based management methods in mind.

The book is divided into many parts. The first part (Chapters 1–4) discusses project management in general. These chapters discuss the waterfall method’s theory, which is relevant to the majority of projects. The second part of this book (starting with Chapter 5) discusses ‘cyclical’ project management techniques that are better suited to information technology-related projects. These techniques are especially well-suited for software development and other creative information technology initiatives.

The penultimate chapter discusses operational procedures. This technique combines aspects of both the waterfall and cycle approaches. The last chapter of this guidebook examines how organizations may handle the complexities associated with concurrently executing several projects. The most significant issues are discussed, along with methods for resolving them.

This document contains a variety of standard papers that may use to guide projects and many references to third-party open-source project instruments. A bibliography is provided after this book for anyone interested in learning more about the vast subject of project management.

This chapter offers an overview of the conventional project management approach.

The concept described here serves as the foundation for all project management techniques. The following chapters go further into a paradigm that is especially well-suited for IT-related tasks.

Dividing a project into stages enables you to steer it in the best way feasible. By segmenting a project into steps, the entire workload of the project is broken down into smaller components, which makes monitoring simpler. The following paragraphs explain an effective phasing model in practice. It is divided into six stages:

  1. Initiation
  2. Definition
  3. Design;
  4. Development;
  5. Implementation;
  6. Close Out & Follow-up