Thank you for joining us for the last of our 3 part series titled, “The Ying and Yang of Business and I.T.”.
To summarize, aligning I.T. with the business is critical to understanding the ongoing relationship between the business and IT. Robert Castel and I addressed the following two concepts as it relates to project management and interfacing with I.T.:
- Different elements of alignment [link]
- Forces in the organization that can work in favour of the alignment[link]
What follows are a few basic concepts to consider as you work towards Achieving Alignment:
- A strong and reasonable emphasis on project planning/modelling
- There always has to be a business plan as well as an IT architectural review of some sort. It’s quite simple, no plan, no goal or target to achieve.
- Following thereafter, there can be a vast array of documents that are produced
- As an initiative moves through its project lifecycle, the planning and documentation process transforms itself from being a business generated to an I.T. constructed activity.
- The Project Manager is often in the middle of this paper avalanche and should possess strong organization skills to track, organize and vet large amounts of information.