Preparing a project plan is not an easy task, especially when it involves a large-scale technology change like a Windows NT to Windows Server 2003 migration. Often, for IT pros, creating the project documentation required to get a technology initiative underway is an onerous task. Since it is our mission to give IT pros the tools they need to get their jobs done, TechRepublic has created a project plan that does most of this work for you. You can preview the Project Plan here first, and order a copy here.
Our Windows NT to Windows Server 2003 migration project plan comes complete with a detailed breakdown of this project, as well as a customizable, deliverable PDF that lets you add variables specific to your organization. We've also included an Excel spreadsheet that will record and automatically format your project milestone dates into an easy-to-read time line and a template designed to give your team members guidance when migrating from NT 4.0 to Windows Server 2003. We've also included an Excel sheet that outlines the main steps in an NT to Windows Server 2003 migration. (For Microsoft Project users, we've included a Project version of that spreadsheet.) In addition, in the Windows NT to Windows Server 2003 migration project plan, we include a project cost/benefit analysis tool to help you calculate the project's costs.
This extensive project plan is too long to show here but here's some of what you'll find in it:
Here we outline the intention, scope, and expected deliverables of the project. For the Windows NT to Windows 2003 Server migration project, these include
- A goal to realize the administrative benefits of the new management technologies.
- The need to upgrade server hardware/OS in order to support a new business application.
- A deliverable called a "server architecture" containing information about the way in which the new environment will be arranged.
We give you the main focus points for a deliverable that describes how the project aligns with department, business unit, and company-wide goals. This includes:
- Reduction of time spent on administrative tasks over a one-year period, freeing up more time for highly paid IT resources to carry out more effective action.
- Reduction in the response time to administrative tasks, allowing the user population to be more productive.
- Reduction in downtime due to server software errors.
Estimated project cost
This section helps you estimate both the project's benefits and its costs. Some of the costs are:
- The cost of all software licensees associated with the project.
- Any additional hardware costs associated with the project.
- The cost of on-staff and consulting resources required for the project.
In addition, in the Windows NT to Windows 2003 Server migration project plan, we include a project cost/benefit analysis tool to help you calculate this.
Completeness and correctness criteria
This deliverable contains the metrics by which the project manager will determine the success or failure of the project as a whole and will include:
- QA verification of successful migration/recreation of appropriate users and user privileges.
- QA verification of the correct deployment of all servers (90 percent success rate expected).
- QA verification of valid execution (90 percent success rate expected) of new operations and administrative procedures.
We provide for you milestones that will mark the key points on the project's critical path. These include but are not limited to:
- Team formed
- Project planning complete
- Preliminary design
- Preliminary design test conducted with a small group of randomly selected users and the IT staff
- Preliminary design reassessment complete
- Communications schedule complete
This project plan also lists common risks associated with a Windows NT to Windows Server 2003 migration and includes metrics to help in estimating project staffing. We also include Windows NT to 2003 Migration Risk Management Matrix, a spreadsheet that includes many risks you should know of during this upgrade, and includes room to add a few of your own.
There's much more to the project plan than we can list here. Click here to order a copy of the Windows NT to Windows Server 2003 migration project plan.