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Critically appraise the role of the project manager with in systems or software development projects.

By summerkobe ·
I have some questoin about project management !Nowadays ,Some in the computing industry argue that software projects have such a poor performance in success rates, against other industries that it must be because of poor professionalism in the industries, the problem is that we expect more from software projects than traditional engineering projects.Can your existing knowledge of project management from the software and information technology related areas, expand your knowledge through further reading and then discussing the above statement.

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by gjucan In reply to Critically appraise the r ...

Isn't is a duplicate of another question? Anywa, here is my answer:

The difference is in the Measure of Success. While other business areas (engineering, construction) have a clear measure of success (the engine works or not, the building stays up or not), the information systems area is much more dynamic. It is harder to define the Measure of Success for a software development project, as it?s a matter of interpretation (do the users use it or not, it?s working but with bugs, etc).
Moreover, because clearly defining the measuring stick that will be used to declare success is a major source of conflict (executives don?t have time, stakeholders contradict each other etc), many IT project managers avoid it and skip over directly into ?let?s just do it and we?ll see when we?re done?. Of course, when the project is done nobody likes it and everyone says this is not what they asked for.
So, this is the most important piece of advice I have: always push for a clearly defined Measure of Success in the Charter, so you can align your project to it. And at the end you have something to back up your project success claim.

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