One day, one of our IT senior directors reminded our team:
« You know, when internal IT projects fail in our company, it’s very often because of the fundamentals! »
This echoes an article published by Ty Kiisel and entitled « Don’t Forget the Fundamentals of Project-Based Work ».
And it is very true that as we become more and more expert in our discipline, whatever the discipline, we focus on its most complex and sophisticated aspects.
We look at advanced metrics and measures, calculations, processes…
However, we must remember that there are some very basic, some fundamental items which will kill our project if we loose sight of them.
In his article, Ty mentions:
- Clearly defined business objective that is well understood by all.
- Active executive commitment.
- Shared determination to complete the project.
I would suggest to add:
- A clear and simple project governance
- Sound and unambiguous business requirements
- Clarity on scope and excelling at managing change requests
- The commitment to serve and satisfy the customer as our guiding rule
While managing the fundamentals may not sound very exciting, it often is what makes the difference between projects and project managers who are successful and those who aren’t.