Introduction to IT Project Guidelines
The projects are the most significant part of your grade in this class, and the best way to explore and apply the material covered. The key to a successful project is to start early and keep a steady pace throughout the semester. Projects can be done individually or in teams of two.
What is the first, and most important, of any project management guidelines? Always start with the end in mind. How do you do that? Ask the right questions to ensure the project is properly defined. Before you start work! The project may be something you've been given to manage, with little say in its definition. Or it may be something you've generated yourself. Either way, spend time identifying expected outcomes before you do anything else. This is the key to successful project management, and to being a happy project manager.
The following sections of the Guide represent the ordered steps for each project, to ensure that proper activities and management are utilized:
Step 1. Application of Project Management - distinguishes what types of work should and should not be categorized as projects and includes the general flow of projects from idea into deployment. This step also defines and outlines project management process groups;
Step 2. Project Classification - assigns a classification level to a project based on a combination of complexity and risk; this step also defines projects that require an additional level of management, as defined by State of Texas guidelines;
Step 3. Project Management Required Processes - details processes required to be completed for each level of project, as classified in Step 2; and
Step 4. Document Management - outlines document management requirements for documents created as part of PM Required Processes.