Lessons for Managing Technology Projects

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Lessons for Managing Technology Projects From Construction Case Assessments and Analysis Introduction Managing the scope, complexity and costs of enterprise systems including information technology (IT) projects is very comparable to managing a complex construction project as well. Just as IT projects have many dependencies and complex requirements that serve to constrain scope and costs, the same holds true on large-scale construction projects as well (Chang, 2010). The essential elements of creating and using project schedules based on the Critical Path Method (CPM) and the pervasive use of Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) are critical in both types of projects to ensure successful project completion (Capek, Sucha, Hanzálek, 2012). The lessons learned from the construction case analysis are presented in this paper. Managing Projects Over Their Lifecycles Of the many lessons learned from the case study, one of the most relevant is how construction projects are managed over their entire lifecycle with the long-term goal being the efficient utilization of the asset being built. The same holds true for enterprise software, as project managers must taken into account every phase of the application development process and also pay very close attention to how the applications will deliver value to users over time as well. For constructions projects, the initial design requirements of streamlining initial building and site development, coupled with defining the many
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