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Step 12: Know when to ask for help

Managing a successful IT Project isn't just a technical and organizational issue. It's about managing people. Poor communication, internal politics, poor teamwork, lack of management support and poor planning are the primary reasons that projects fail. Here are the twelve keys to project management success.

If your project is failing, don't wait until it is sunk before asking for assistance. Be upfront with your managers,...

sponsors, or stakeholders if your overwhelmed, don't have the resources you need, or if you're just not up to the challenge. There is a difference between missing goals and deadlines and allowing a project to spiral out of control and become an expensive disaster.



   Home: Introduction
   Step 01: Identify sponsors and stakeholders
   Step 02: Get a champion in top management
   Step 03: Clear goals and achievable, objective deliverables
   Step 04: Own the planning process
   Step 05: Establish a methodology
   Step 06: Be honest about your abilities
   Step 07: Make sure you have the resources
   Step 08: Assemble the best team you can
   Step 09: Communicate early and often
   Step 10: Establish clear metrics
   Step 11: Keep your deliverables in mind
   Step 12: Know when to ask for help

Bernie Klinder, MVP, consultant
Bernie Klinder is a technology consultant for a number of Fortune 500 companies. He is also the founder and former editor of, a comprehensive resource index for IT professionals who support Microsoft Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 and BackOffice products. For his contributions to the information technology community, Bernie was selected as an MVP (Most Valuable Professional) by Microsoft. Copyright 2004 TechTarget

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