Stakeholders

User Acceptance Testing (UAT), Oh so important

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With any project, the final step before signing off involves what is known as the UAT or User Acceptance Test. There are various reasons why such a test is essential with the two obvious ones being the safety of the program and the confidence of the project team. Nothing succeeds like success and for the…

GAO: Good project management more critical than funding for IT acquisition success

Staff knowledge, solid communication and iterative testing are more important to successful IT acquisition than receiving sufficient funding, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. While information technology projects across government differ in budget and purpose, a Nov. 21 GAO report (.pdf) finds well-executed IT acquisitions share several common characteristics. In an effort to…

Who and what is the role of a change manager?

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In every company, in every project, change will occur from time to time. Sometimes the change is minor and at other times in can be described as massive. The best way to describe change is a movement from one state or situation to another. The new state is a future state, a place or situation…

Identifying project stakeholders

Project success is directly linked to a project manager’s ability to effectively identify and manage stakeholders’ expectations. It is therefore helpful to understand what makes a stakeholder! These days it seems as if everyone is talking about stakeholders, is a stakeholder, or needs to manage stakeholders. Surprisingly, this has not always been the case. The…