Build a Project Roadmap

Through collaboration between the business and IT, you can develop a project roadmap by plotting initiatives quarterly over a 15-month timeline. The example in Figure 6-15 shows that the quick wins are addressed first, followed by more complex projects. It bears noting, though, that sometimes complex projects will be undertaken first, as a basis for more transformation undertakings. When this is done, try to break down the larger projects into phases with deliverables scheduled at three-month intervals. This assures that your organization receives benefits from the initiative throughout its development, not just at the end.

Follow the larger projects with complementary projects that can be delivered in subsequent quarters. Finally, review your project roadmap quarterly to ensure that priorities have not changed. This will naturally occur when your firm follows the Project Prioritization matrix quarterly review and assessment.

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