Team Roles in IS Projects

3 Feb

Critical role played by management in the development of an IS project.

More than 50% of IS projects fail while a staggering 30% are cancelled before they have been completed. Of those which do get completed many are not used when they are finally finished, due to a failure to provide the expected benefits. They also often suffer from budgetary issues with 51% of projects exceeding their budget by 189%, while only delivering 74% functionality. An example of this was when Ford Motors Co. abandoned their purchasing system after they spent an approximate $400,000,000 developing it. Many of these issues can be put down to poor management. Their lack of control allows for analysts to fall behind regarding their budget and deadlines. Their lack of monitoring also results in the development of sub standard projects which do not meet their requirements. It is evident from this that management play a vital role in the development process.

Their first role is to assess the information presented to them by analysts and to identify which projects have the potential to be successful. This is vital as it stops the company from wasting their man power and money developing projects which will not benefit the company, like what happened at Ford Motor Co.

Many projects fail because systems analysts attempt to build wonderful systems without understanding the organisation. It is the role of the management to make sure that they are fully aware of the requirements of the project and make sure that they keep them in mind throughout the design process.

Also often during the development of a project, 20%-50% of the original requirements change. It is the role of the manager to ensure that the system analysts are aware of these changes and successfully implement them into their design. This is of huge significance in ensuring the system meets its requirements.

It is clear therefore that management plays a significant role in ensuring projects arrive in on time and within their budget, all the while satisfying their requirements.



4 Responses to “Team Roles in IS Projects”

  1. sad112567137 February 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    Great blog! Do you think individual or team management is more successful?

    • sad111534313 March 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

      Individual where possible but more often than not there will be too much work to cover for just one manager so team management is necessary.

  2. sad112759089 February 4, 2013 at 1:24 am #

    Very interesting. I like the fact you use percentage facts as I’m doing a blog on when can an information system deliver competitive advantages and find that 50% of IS projects fail. Do you think that improving team roles would help reduce this number of failure projects??

    • sad111534313 March 10, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

      Yes because it would ensure that all of the requirements would be met, making the project more likely to succeed. It would also help to reduce costs by ensuring projects were completed on time, this is on vital importance as a large number of projects fail because they have exceeded their budget.

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