Wednesday, 15 April 2009

BCS Debate – Making IT Projects work

We have just come back from the recording of the BCS Debate, “Making IT Projects Work”, where our CEO Melanie Franklin was a panellist along with David Hicks, CEO, RADTAC and Paul Major, CEO, Program Framework.

The debate, chaired by Brian Runciman, Managing Editor of the BCS , concentrated on discussing problems and solutions revolving around IT Projects. The high level of the participants brought interesting answers and comments on Project Management itself – amongst the questions answered was “Are project failures a perception or sheer reality?”. They discussed the real chances of acquiring more information about failed projects, the difference between projects and programmes (and the definition of both frequently seeming a bit “hazy”), projects that work, projects that don’t and why, and the benefits of a dedicated project office. However, it was the panellists’ years of project and programme management experience that drove the conversation to the human side of project management – knowing how to deal with the people who work in a particular project is as important as having a structured approach to managing it. The focus was on the migration of “techies” to project management, PM “lingo” on the way of success, how to engage people – including management of board expectations.

The debate will be available within a couple of weeks and it will be available as a vodcast on this blog and on the Maven Training, BCS, IT Training Magazine and Computing Magazine websites – WATCH THIS SPACE!

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