The typical IT Project

My experience has shown me that most IT Projects are not automatically about developing new systems/software; the nature of an IT Project XE “IT Project” and the growth of a team usually progresses as follows:

1) I Idea is defined/derived.

Ideas can come from anywhere, but deriving them from company strategy and goals usually delivers the ones that will be perceived as most valuable.

2) One person is assigned to flesh out the idea so it can be evaluated by management.

That person is usually a Business Analyst XE “Analyst (like me!) who takes what is known so far, and structures it into a Proposal format that is used to present the idea and allows comparison with other ideas/proposals in the same format. Some additional research or analysis may be needed, but you will always end up with a Proposal, which is then delivered into an evaluation process, like the Gating/Governance Process.

So, you start out with a ‘team’ of one; some companies like to assign a Project Manager XE “Project Manager” as well, but there isn’t really much to manage at this point.

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