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A self-assessment tool has been developed that consolidates many of these ideas and suggests actions for project management. It’s available at www.ibmsystemsmag.com/mainframe/businessstrategy/roi/project_assessment.

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Failure to Align With Constituents and Stakeholders Building understanding and trust with constituents and stakeholders is essential to a successful outcome, particularly when these groups are in different organizations and might have varied measurements and motivations. For greater alignment, target specific initiatives to ensure interlock and communication with stakeholders. This can be done

must be targeted for specific status meetings to monitor project progress, particularly in meetings where go/no-go decisions must be solicited.

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Lack of Soft Skills or the Ability to Adapt To prevent a situation in which team members lack the necessary skills for the project, utilize a mentoring approach for less-experienced employees. Also, include required

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54 PERCENT of IT project failures

can be attributed to project management, whereas only 3 percent are attributed to technical challenges.
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Poor or Missing Methodology and Tools Successful projects are based on a methodology or framework that includes project-management tools. This approach can increase accuracy and save time by automating activities like task tracking. Maintaining a simple, organic methodology can have significant payback on a project. It should include the following:

Finding Success Improving the success rate of IT projects is possible by putting significantly more focus on generalmanagement activities. It can be daunting at the onset of a project to realize the odds indicate a great likelihood of encountering major retooling or even outright failure. But with accurate planning, defined goals, clear assignments and effective communication, proactive managers can overcome those odds to master even the most challenging project. Simply knowing where the potential pitfalls lie can help prevent backlogs and costly delays.

Joseph Gulla is an executive IT specialist for IBM data-center services. His main focus is IT program and project management.

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Table of Contents
Editor’s Desk: Rethinking System z
IBM Perspective: Smarter Computing, Enterprise Modernization and the Mainframe
Insider: Proper Tools Can Bring Flexibility to Application Development
IT Today: Six Things You Didn't Know About the Modern Mainframe
Trends: Seven Reasons IT Projects Fail
Cover Story: Agile Thinking: How to leverage existing technology to gain a competitive advantage
Features: All Together Now: A centralized business analytics environment delivers great value
Improving Upon the Gold Standard: System z pushes the limits of high availability
Tech Corner: Processor Design Innovations Empower the z196
Developer: Accurate Project Scoping Helps Map Out a Faster Route to Success
Solutions/Advertiser's Index: PASSPORT Host Integration Objects - LegaSuite 6
Stop Run: Mainframer Clarence Golson Reflects on a Diverse Career Built on a Single Platform
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Editor’s Desk: Rethinking System z
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - IBM Perspective: Smarter Computing, Enterprise Modernization and the Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - I1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - I2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - I3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - I4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Insider: Proper Tools Can Bring Flexibility to Application Development
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - IT Today: Six Things You Didn't Know About the Modern Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Trends: Seven Reasons IT Projects Fail
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Cover Story: Agile Thinking: How to leverage existing technology to gain a competitive advantage
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Features: All Together Now: A centralized business analytics environment delivers great value
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Improving Upon the Gold Standard: System z pushes the limits of high availability
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Tech Corner: Processor Design Innovations Empower the z196
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - V1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - V2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Developer: Accurate Project Scoping Helps Map Out a Faster Route to Success
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Solutions/Advertiser's Index: PASSPORT Host Integration Objects - LegaSuite 6
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Stop Run: Mainframer Clarence Golson Reflects on a Diverse Career Built on a Single Platform
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - RF1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - BG1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - March/April 2012 - BG2
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