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The CFO and IT

Scott Groombridge | March 24, 2011
IT projects are similar to most large capital investment projects, they must be aligned to the company strategy and deliver value to the business.

Governance - specify the decision rights and accountability framework to encourage desirable behaviour in the use of IT

Project Management Office - define and maintain standards and processes related to project management.

Project Management - keeping a project on track is key. All components of project management are important and missing one could trip you up.

Business Analysis - understand and document what the customer requirements are. This is often a major contributor to failures.

Architecture - make sure that what your build fits in your landscape and is going to integrate, work well, and last.

Development - use quality builders to build a quality product.

Test - testing is often neglected. Due to IT's complexity, there will be bugs - catch them before the customer does.

Keep your hardware up to date.

It is likely that your maturity level around these methods is low and this can be increased by being aware of these, then growing the maturity of each of them.

And from a general perspective, here are key areas to consider: Keep projects small (three to six months) by breaking projects up. And lastly, IT projects are complex, so treat them with respect.

Scott Groombridge - - is the managing director of Seâd Project People and has more than 20 years experience in the IT industry in New Zealand and the UK. He started the website Getting IT Right  around project management.



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