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E-Business Project Management

2004-10-03
 

E-Business software, ERP or CRM, counts about 50% cost of e-business projects.

Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to define, organize, oversee and control the various project processes. Project managers for ebusiness project require general project management skills, understanding of business processes and broad knowledge and experience of information technology. Implementation of e-business projects, whether they're ERP, CRM, SCM or SFA, involves multimillion dollar investment and years of commitment.

Define Project Scope

The scope of e-business projects describes the major business processes the project will transform, the intended end users the project will support, the relationship of the project with legacy information systems and ecommerce applications, the high level technical architecture, funding availability, timeframe of application release and measures of the success of the project.

Develop Project Plan

Project planning is the process of detailing the project scope to look into the feasibility of the project from many aspects, and to plan for the details of project execution.
Vendor Selection E-Business software, ERP or CRM, counts about 50% cost of e-business projects. The project plan should detail the criteria of evualuating enterprise software, processes of selecting vendors, and candidate list of software vendors.
Implementation Paln Break the project into phases horizontally and sub-systems vertically. Pay attention to the custumization of e-business software. Outline plans for custimization
Time & Cost Management Create a project schedule, resources and budget plan. Ebusiness projects may need purchase of additional hardware and software, but the cost of software and implementation is most likely the major factor of overall cost.
Quality Management Develop a quality plan and carry out quality assurance and quality control activities. Part of quality management at planning stage is the development of high level test plan. Implementation team can run the test plan against high level requirements to validate scope of the project.
Resource Management Perform organizational planning, manage staff acquisitions and promote team development.
Risk Management Identify risks, develop contingency plans for possible risks.
User Training Plan Outline the steps, resources and time required for end user training.

Monitor and Control Project Progresses

Projects seldom proceed as planned. The progress of a project is impacted by many factors - change of project requirements, unexpected technical challenges, and changes in resources availability. Project managers should closely monitor the progress of the project, identify the critical successful factors and foresee the risks of project implementation, and adjust project plan and re-allocate resources. The project plan is continuously updated to keep track of what's happening rather than what's planned.

Post Implementation Review

After the completion of the e-business project, project team can learn from experience, identify the things that went well and the things that failed to work as planned.

History of project management Project management was not used as an isolated concept before the Sputnik crisis of the Cold War. After this crisis,

Project management software Microsoft Project 2000 showing a simple Gantt chartAllegedly, the first software support tool for project management was developed

Project Planning Project planning within project management is the process to quantify the amount of time and budget a project will cost. The purpose of project planning is creating a project plan that a project manager can use to track the progress of his team.

Earned value management Earned value management is a project management technique for estimating how a project is doing in terms of its budget and schedule.

Risk Management in Project management In project management, a risk is more narrowly defined as a possible event or circumstance that can have negative influences on a project. Its influence can be on the schedule, the resources, the scope and/or the quality.

Scheduling & Project Scheduling Scheduling (from schema) is the process of assigning tasks to a set of resources. It is an important concept in many areas such as computing and production processes.

Project Management Tools - PERT Chart and Gantt Chart The Program Evaluation and Review Technique commonly abbreviated PERT is a model for project management invented by United States

Project Management - Critical path and Critical chain In project management, a critical path is the sequence of project network terminal elements with the longest overall duration,

Project Definiton | What is a Project A project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service. Temporary means that the project has an end date.


 

 
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