IT project management: a big time-consuming issue that requires tremendous resource power and staying power. Basically, project management can be explained as the organization, planning, control and monitoring of all tasks and resources necessary to achieve the defined project goals. IT projects can be all kinds of things or processes, such as a new document archiving workflow or even the implementation of complex ERP business processes.

In IT project management, IT topics are combined with organizational and coordinative tasks of project and change management. As a result, small as well as large IT projects are carried out under the specification of various goals and resources. However, IT project management is not suitable for every employee with IT experience, as certain project management skills and a certain level of technical knowledge are required. IT project management requires, above all, the cooperation of specialists from different fields and areas. IT project managers often bear the double responsibility: They have to coordinate the implementation as well as the achievement of the project’s objectives, according to the well-known minimum principle: Achieve the given objective with the least possible effort.

IT project management is basically defined by five steps:

  • Initiation
  • Planning
  • Realization
  • Control
  • Conclusion

In order for a project to be successful, these five phases must be completed. But these days, simply working through the steps is no longer enough. Each phase is divided into smaller project goals and milestones and is linked to several dependencies and the workload of the team. Project managers are rare, especially if you are wanted in the IT field and are only needed for a specific project. In practice, good project managers are hard to find. IT project managers usually come from IT or development backgrounds and have certified themselves through appropriate management training. In many cases, external service providers with special expertise take over individual projects from clients.

 

People responsible for project success

Two-thirds of the success of a project depends on the people involved and how you engage them in the project. Firmly established processes are completely redefined, revised or simply eliminated. This often involves adapting the entire corporate structure to current requirements and circumstances, and employees having to change their working methods. Such consistent change management MUST be communicated directly and openly from the beginning. As early as the preparation phase, IT project managers need to gain insights into what impact the project will have on employees’ daily work and whether there is acceptance for change. If change management is not addressed, or is addressed poorly, the promised productivity gains among employees will not occur.

With a network of specialized IT know-how, our experts at CosH can also assist you as project managers. With numerous successfully completed IT projects and our certified quality seal according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015, we create trust in our company. We are happy to answer all your questions about IT project management and support you with your individual IT projects. Arrange your free consultation at

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