Project Management Templates
The Implementation Plan should include a project schedule or timeline. The level of detail you include in a schedule depends on your role on the project. In general, the schedule should at least include the dates and deliverables for major milestones. Table 14-1 shows an example of a high-level schedule that was developed by a sales engineer for an actual customer.
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Rather than the passive approach to IT project management that many organizations take, where IT investment is allowed to grow without too much thought to the actual return generated, portfolio management requires an active approach with an emphasis on company benefits, as shown in Figure 6-2. An active approach generates many benefits
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An additional business-oriented topic that you should review with your customer is the timeframe for the network design project. When is the final due date and what are the intermediate and major milestones In most cases, management of the project schedule is the customer's obligation, not yours, but you should ask the customer to give you a copy of the schedule and to keep you informed about any slips in the schedule. It's important to include intermediate milestones in the project schedule. They give you and your client a way to detect slips in the schedule. Be sure to include circuit disconnect or circuit capacity changes in the project schedule. There is often a long lead time for these changes. Plan to document when the circuit changes and other major changes take place so that if problems occur, you can analyze what has changed to help you troubleshoot.
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Project Management Made Easy
What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.