IT PROJECT FAILURES AND PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING 1
ITProject Failures and Professional Networking
DiscussionTopic 1: IT project failures
ITinitiatives fail organizations all the time. Therefore, success orfailure ultimately depends on the manner in which project leadershipmanages the full range of technical and non-technical issues. Thefollowing are the three common reasons for IT project failure asdescribed in the section “UnderstandingIT Initiative Failures”
Insufficientor inadequate communication
Communicationbreakdown and lack of organized agendas, objective status reports andinadequate involvement of external parties can mix up the waymessages are delivered mainly for executive reviews. On the otherhand, the same status presentation can miss the necessary diversityof keeping the officials interested in the project status. Poorcommunication leads to lack of clarity about roles andresponsibilities and inadequate understanding of projectrequirements, and this has a negative implication for the project.
Inefficientor weak project management
Aproject manager needs to be in a better position to tackle all of theproject logistics such as time management, proper decision making,resource management and many others. In this case, projects failbecause managers are not able to meet all the necessary requirementsand balance them, for instance, poor time management and decisionmaking can cause a negative implication of the project at hand.
Poorplanning and direction
Properplanning always prevents poor performance. Therefore, a lot ofplanning is necessary for a successful IT project. When atechnological department fails to take time, sit down and figure outhow to accomplish its goals, it encounters problems in their planssuch as having improper objectives and opportunities. Failure toadjust role necessary also results in project failure(Liebowitz, et al, 2015).
Ichoose this reasons because IT projects involve many people hencekeeping the lines of communication among the individuals is essentialto avoid difficulties and everybody should be up to date on thelatest status of the project and communication between all partiesneed to be regular regardless of their position on the corporateranking. Similarly, a vital part of the planning and assigning theright people to the right task and make clear assignments or dutiesto team members with defined goals, objectives and responsibilitieshence without these project stress will be increased when thesereasons are combined.
DiscussionTopic 2: Professional Networking (LinkedIn)
LinkedInis a business and occupation oriented social platform founded in theyear 2002 which operates through a website where employers post jobsand job seekers post their CVs. (www.LinkedIn.com).It is mainly used for professional networking since it allows usersbuild profiles and connections to each other in an online socialnetwork which represents real-world professional relationships.Similarly, it is a career and business for professionals to getresources and support purposely to build customers, clients, andpartner’s relationships.
Stayingconnected with the outside world isn’t the only advantage of usingLinkedIn. Gaining knowledge how to use it and utilizing all it offerscan provide a positive implication of your professional occupationbetter than other social networks such as Facebook. According to thevideo Networking Using LinkedIn (transcript), LinkedIn is the world’slargest professional network that has embarked on the mission ofconnecting world’s professionals to make them more valuable andreproductive.
Additionally,LinkedIn is all about building strategic friendship, because it focusonly on quality not quantity and the site gains new individuals everysecond, who are boasted from just about every industry in anylocation around the world. Yes, I have a LinkedIn profile. In thiscase, my LinkedIn profile has helped me to build my professionalnetwork in the following ways:
It has enabled me to find and reconnect with colleagues and classmates with this I can share thoughts and insights through long-form publishing platforms.
I can learn other companies and get the industry insights through new career opportunities that are found on LinkedIn by searching for jobs and finding other professionals in the same industry using groups.
Has maintained my professional network and tapping the knowledge of my system. This has enhanced my professional network to be more productive and fruitful by controlling one of the top search results for my name.
It has helped me evade feelings of isolation by keeping my home based business linked to the outside world.
Through LinkedIn am able to get online validation and recommendations on my professional skills and character.
Ateam is a treasured asset to any corporate or organization and hereare the skills or qualities that can make a good project team.Therefore, a project team is a group responsible for planning andexecuting the project (Rios et al, 2013).
Reliable and responsible team an excellent team should be reliable and trustworthy, it is expected that the team should be at the top in completing tasks and have a positive relationship with high levels of reliability.
One that actively listens should display excellent roles by considering, respecting the viewpoints and ideas of other people. A team that understands and tries to include every team member’s opinions.
Forinstance, in a theoretical team, the following members make up theteam
Project manager is the person in control of ensuring that the project team completes the project. He or she serves to develop the project plan and manages the team’s performance. He also approves and accepts deliverance and many others.
Executive sponsor serves as a vocal and visible champion in that he legitimizes the project’s goals and objectives and serves as an ultimate decision-maker. It is expected that executive sponsor provides support and must be the highest -ranking manager.
Project director he or she is a manager with demonstrable interests in the outcome of the project. He secures spending authorities and resources for the project. It is expected that the project director should participate and lead project initiation and develop the project charter.
Video: NetworkingUsing LinkedIn  (  transcript )
Liebowitz,J. (2015). IT Project Failures: What Management Can Learn. ITProfessional.
Rios,M. C., Mc C. R., & Brue, S. L. (2013).Qualities and skills of teams Economics: Principles, problems, andpolicies.McGraw-Hill.