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Setting the Stage for IT Order

Two Simple Steps

Wouldn’t it be nice if your IT project could be organized into two simple steps? Bernadine Douglas says it can be. The two questions you need to ask yourself are:

  1. What is due?
  2. When is it due?

Break it Down Into Smaller Steps

Then, you can break each of these questions into even smaller steps. When figuring out what is due, you need to look into funding and resources. Do you have a large budget or a small budget? Does your project involve outside vendors, and if so, do you need to retrieve any information from them?

What Are The Risks? What Are The Lessons? 

When looking at the due date, ask yourself what risks and issues the project involves, and what lessons have been learned from projects in the past. If you can identify certain risks, this will help you better predict your deadline and whether or not you will meet it. Of course, it’s always smart to look at lessons learned. Past projects, whether they succeeded or failed, provide a wealth of insight to draw from.  While simple and straightforward aren’t usually the words used to describe IT, a basic outline like this one can help simplify your project so you know where to start. 

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About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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