Tested project methodologies are one tool that IT consultants can use to lend organization and quality to their work. Microsoft’s IT Lifecycle Frameworks, which are available for free on Microsoft’s Web site, can offer consultants best practices and guidelines for IT-related projects.
TechRepublic contributor Bob Watkins, an IT instructor and “free agent in training,” has written three articles outlining the IT Lifecycle Frameworks. Here’s a closer look at each:
- “Microsoft's IT Lifecycle Frameworks can lend structure to your projects”: IT consultants searching for methodologies for their projects can find a wealth of free information through Microsoft's IT Lifecycle Frameworks. This article offers a look at both the Microsoft Solutions Framework and the Microsoft Operations Framework.
- “Microsoft Solutions Framework can keep projects and team members on track”: Making sure that everyone on your application development project has a stake in its success can mean the difference between delivering the goods and missing the mark. Here, Watkins discusses the Microsoft Solutions Framework, a structured approach to managing development projects that uses both team and process models.
- “Elevate your career with Microsoft Operations Framework's best practices”: Making the leap from consulting in a help desk role to designing systems for a client is a big step. Learn how the Microsoft Operations Framework can help you analyze a client's needs, bring you more projects, and take your skill set to a new level.
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