Managing your projects in any business can be a tedious process, but is essential for getting the most out of your time, effort and budget. A project with no management or organisation can be unruly, lack a purpose and can eat up your budget. But even in an Tech-heavy environment, Project Management can be made easy and essentially foolproof with just a few simply methods. We’ve looked closer into the different methods of project management within a tech environment, so read on below.
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In a technology heavy environment, cloud-based working can be a vital part of ensuring projects run smoothly and efficiently. Opening up a ‘Cloud’ for your business can give the desired employees access to the same documents, and with the option to upload and download from this digital database, there’s no need for countless heavy attachments sent over emails that take forever to send. Communicating and transferring files via a cloud can be a more secure, reliable way of sharing documents and giving everyone access to everything that may be needed, ultimately making for a smoother-running project.
IT Project Management Life Cycles
There are three main Project Management Life Cycles when it comes to your IT Projects. Choosing the right one for your Project Management can help save you time, reduce the risk of having to rework the project, and reduce the risks you might pose from quick-changing technology. These three lifecycles are the Predictive life cycle, the Iterative life cycle and the Adaptive life cycle.
The Predictive life cycle is perhaps the most common and the most traditional of any IR project. In this approach, the team and their project manager will define the scope, schedule, and predicted costs before the project begins. For the project to move from its initiation to its completion, the tasks and stages mapped out at the start must be started and completed before the next task can be begun. The Iterative life cycle approach to IT Project Management is similar to the Predictive life cycle, but while the project management is defined early in the project, the cost estimates and the activity duration must be planned to a higher level early in the project. As the project execution occurs, costs and durations are estimated and created for the most imminent work, but gives room throughout the whole project to reap the benefits that may be available to the organization throughout. An Adaptive life cycle also uses an iteration of planning and executing, but the planning will typically only last for around two weeks. A rolling wave of planning and executing will happen through short bursts of the same, but it opens up rom for adaptation and change. This is ideal for software development.