It is important to spend money up-front on IT projects to avoid spending a lot more later.
A large percentage of the costs of many IT projects are human resource costs.
Organizational issues had a much greater influence on programmer productivity than the technical environment or programming languages.
A dedicated workspace and a quiet work environment were key factors to improving programmer productivity.
Continuity is only part of the reason for documenting events and decisions.
It is easier and more accurate to plan short stages than long ones.
A lot of time can be wasted in producing a very good plan to achieve the wrong objective.
Estimation is best performed by a group of two or three people experienced in both the subject matter and estimating. This number tends to balance out any individual over-optimism or pessimism in calculation.
In large projects or difficult areas of work, it is prudent to estimate at least twice ,either by using two distinct approaches or by allowing two different sets of people to estimate independently.
More uncertainty should be expected in a Project Plan than in a Stage Plan. A Stage Plan is for a shorter time frame, in the near future and planned in much greater detail.
Be realistic about the availability of resources. Allowance should be made for holidays and time that people will spend on non-project activities. The average working week is only four days after allowing for holidays, training, sickness etc. Of these four days, another half-day will be spent on other duties , even by dedicated staff – for example quality reviewing for other projects, line management and meetings.
Allocate to each high risk or critical activity a resource in which management has confidence.
In case of illness, consider the actions needed for any resource that cannot be replaced. Train other resources as back-up for any critical and scarce skills.
It may be beneficial to employ a high-quality Project Manager part-time than a lesser quality Project Manager full-time.
Remember the Project Manager’s job is to manage the work, not to do it.
The Project Manager must avoid becoming involved in low-level detail to the extent that sight is lost of the ‘big picture’, that is, what is going on in every part of the project. The Project Manager should not mistake the trees for the forest.
If at all possible, choose people at a common location. Alternatively, ensure that suitable communications technology and training in its use is available.
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