Contents

Introduction to distributed systems, introduction to project management, introduction to ICT projects, characteristics of ICT projects, ICT project planning, ICT project control, ICT project evaluation, project management approaches, process management approaches.

Topics

  1. Distributed systems
  2. Project management
  3. ICT projects
  4. Characterisitcs of ICT Projects
  5. ICT project planning
  6. ICT project control
  7. ICT project evaluation
  8. Project management approaches
  9. Process management approaches

References

  • C. Fidler & S. Rogerson. Strategic Management Support Systems. Prentice Hall, 1998.

Internet sources or suggested journal readings

  • PHILLIPS, Joseph. IT Project management: On track from start to finish. 2004 
  • MURCH, Richard. Project management: Best practices for IT professions. 2001 
  • BURTON, C. A practical guide to project management: how to make it. 1992 
  • Kelkar – Information Technology Project Management: A Concise Study, 2nd ed

 Notes

A project is a sequence of unique, complex, and connected activities having one goal or purpose and that must be completed by a specific time, within budget, and according to specification.

What is planning?

Planning is deciding in advance what to do, how to do it, when to do it and who to do it. It involves anticipating the future and consciously choosing the future course of action.

  • Nature of planning
  • Planning is goal-oriented
  • Planning is a primary function
  • Planning is all-pervasive
  • Planning is a continuous process
  • Planning is forward-looking
  • Planning involves choice
  • Planning is directed toword efficiency

Process of planning

The main step in planning proccess are as follow:-

  • Step 1- DEFINE THE TASK-
  • Step 2- IDENTIFY  RESOURCES- 
  • Step 3- CONSIDER  ALTERNATIVE-
  • step 4- CREATE  THE  PLANNING-
  • Step 5- WORK THE PLAN-
  • Step 6- EVALUATE-

Importance of planning

  • Focuses attention on objectives and result
  • Reduces uncertainty and risk
  • Provides sense of direction
  • Encourages innovation and creativity
  • Helps in co-ordination 
  • Guides decision-making
  • Provide efficiency in operation

Limitation of planning

  • Lack of accurate information
  • Time and cost 
  • Resistance to change
  • Lock of ability to plans
  • False sense of security
  • Environmental constraints