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Business Information Technology Planning, Deployment & Management

Managing IT Projects Effectively




Introduction:

The overall aim of this course is to provide participants with the knowledge and the skills needed to successfully manage an Information Technology (IT) project from inception to closure. Participants in this interactive course will learn all the critical tools and techniques required to play a leading role as an IT project manager. We will cover important topics such as analyzing requirements, preparing project plans, developing project budgets, leading the project team and evaluating the overall performance

Targeted Groups:

  • Project Managers and Senior IT Professionals who seek to manage small to large size IT projects or to broaden their knowledge in the key project management functions
  • IT Professionals involved in an IT project with the necessary project management skills

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Manage information technology projects using different project management methodologies
  • Evaluate the business case of IT projects to ensure feasibility and proper justifications
  • Relate project requirements and objectives to stakeholders’ needs in a clear and compelling manner
  • Explain fundamental project planning activities and processes and set realistic measurable objectives in terms of time and cost using proven project planning techniques
  • Manage IT projects that implement agile methodologies and identify the differences between traditional and agile projects
  • Identify the role of the project manager during the design and the implementation phases of the project
  • Outline all the activities during the execution phase of a project and establish an effective control process to ensure execution in line with the project plans

Targeted Competencies:

  • Project management
  • IT management
  • Developing project planning and scheduling
  • Understanding project costing
  • Capital budgeting
  • Developing project control
  • Risk management

Course Content:

Unit 1: Overview of IT Project Management:

  • How are IT projects different?
  • Risks associated with IT projects
  • System development life cycle
  • Waterfall model
  • Incremental model
  • Basic iterative model
  • Agile development model
  • IT project manager roles and responsibilities

Unit 2: Project Concept:

  • Assessing business needs and opportunities
  • Developing project concept
  • Developing business case
  • Identifying stakeholders
  • Establishing conceptual solutions
  • Project charter

Unit 3: Project Requirements:

  • Gathering and defining requirements
  • Functional requirements
  • Technical requirements
  • Basic requirements checklist
  • Requirements gathering techniques
  • Analyzing and prioritizing requirements
  • Documenting requirements

Unit 4: Project Planning:

  • Building work breakdown structure
  • Estimating project duration and resources
  • Activity sequencing
  • Network diagram
  • Critical path analysis
  • Schedule planning
  • Gantt charts
  • Milestone charts
  • Resource planning

Unit 5: Agile Project Planning:

  • Adaptive planning
  • User story (product) backlog
  • Relative sizing and story points
  • Product roadmap
  • Release and iteration planning
  • Daily standups
  • Risk management and disaster recovery planning

Unit 6: Project Design:

  • Developing preliminary design
  • Performing gap analysis
  • Prototyping IT solutions
  • Preparing technical specifications documentation
  • Design criteria
  • Reuse and reusability
  • Solution alternatives: build, buy or outsource
  • Project manager’s role during the design phase

Unit 7: Project Implementation:

  • Challenges during the project implementation phase
  • Managing project team
  • Managing schedule
  • Managing cost
  • Earned value analysis
  • System testing
  • Change management
  • Configuration management

Unit 8: Project Delivery and Closeout:

  • Delivery conversion strategy
  • Managing logistics and site preparation
  • Acceptance testing
  • Developing the “go-live” transitioning
  • Project closeout
  • Administrative and contractual closeout
  • Lessons learned