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By charles.shorter ·
In an organization with a staff of approximately 150 IT people resources, what would be considered a minor application or system enhancement? And how would you express this in terms that senior management would understand? The IT organization is involved in development and maintenance of client server, web-based and multi-tier applications.

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by James R Linn In reply to Minor Enhancement

We have a formal project methodology, and our criteria of when to use it is when a) the project's labour is less than 3 person months in total, or b) total costs of the project are over $20K, or c) when the project is deemed high risk or impact. Sounds like using those kind of criteria might work for you.

James

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by 20 + years In reply to Minor Enhancement

Even a minor change can have a large impact on the organizaton. What you need to perform and document is an impact analysis statement. This would address items such as "If I add/remove a table column what other applications/systems does/does not this change". How much impact does this have on the end user? Will the change require additional training for admin staff or the end users. You first must convince yourself through these types of questions whether a change is truly minor. Minor changes have tanked many projects as far as budget and schedule are concerned. These are the facts your senior management must consider as you mmove forward. Also, any changes should be made only after a firm business case has been made for the change. What functionality will the change give us that we do not have today? What competitive advantage could we obtain? How much in savings can we reap through this change? What does it cost us not to make the change? If you can answer these questions for your management you will come off as prepared and have a much better chance of making your case. I hope this helps.

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