IT Project Warning: ‘We Can Do This Job Ourselves’
By Howard Podgurski
When you’re reviewing upcoming information technology projects with your IT department, if someone says, “We can do this job ourselves,” be concerned. Be very concerned.
Unless members of your IT staff have done this type of project more than once, it’s unlikely they can do it successfully. Even if they say they have a go-to source for questions, it signals the project is potentially headed for serious problems. The words “go-to source” in the middle of a project is a red flag that means they are in trouble.
Complex information technology projects can go wrong in many ways. It’s kind of like “the operation was a success but the patient died.”
Often-encountered problems include loss or corruption of data, unplanned down time, loss of user access and connectivity to network resources, unexpected costs and poor user adoption.
You can avoid and prevent these types of problems by first considering the technological and business impact of the project. Make sure to address the following:
- Adhere to the manufacturer’s best practices recommendations for implementation;
- Evaluate the impact of the project on all network resources and users’ acceptance;
- Gain a clear understanding of the project benefits;
- Develop a easily restorable or fall back plan if the project fails;
- Know the cost of ownership for the life cycle of the project.
By no means is this a complete list of best practices for a new project implementation, but these basic rules will prevent the project from starting as a problem.
At DocuTech, we’re working on a new ebook that gets into much more detail concerning IT project planning. It’s intended to guide business owners and IT managers through project planning requirements and help them become more strategic about the entire process. If you are interested in being notified when the ebook is ready, just send me an email and I’ll add you to the list.
What’s your experience? Have you ever regretted saying, “We can do this job ourselves”?