In this article, we will look at the problems that are known to derail projects and how we can use them as the foresight needed to make sure thin client projects are delivered with resounding success.
A PwC study, aptly titled Seven Shocking Project Management Statistics and Lessons we should learn showed that only 2.5% of all companies surveyed managed to complete 100% of their projects. This shocking statistic is hardly news to project managers who battle a number of problems throughout the implementation of a project some of which end up delivering the fatal blow.
When it comes to managing projects, there are essentially three things that need to be taken care of; scope, time, and cost. Moreover, communication, leadership, risk, and resources are some of the other areas that need to be managed properly to ensure projects are delivered successfully. In any case, the biggest failure point, which stands at 41%, is scope where it is either not clearly defined from the get-go or changes half-way through the project (with the latter being a by-product of clarity in the former).
If you’re looking at successfully delivering a thin client project, getting the scope defined well is your best bet at cracking the champagne bottle open. Any planned integrations should also be well-defined in the scope and extensive data collection carried out including any technical documentation required to ensure a successful deployment.
Whilst thin clients are notorious for cutting-costs, the last thing you want to do is offset the savings during the implementation of the project. A clearly defined scope will help keep everyone on the straight and narrow however other costs need to be equally managed. One thing that tends to go wrong in projects that fail is poorly drawn estimates usually underestimating what it will take to successfully deliver a project. Take extra care when drawing up estimates and it is best to err on the side of caution. Successful projects take into account all of the resources required and plan carefully for them. Gantt charts are most useful in this regard and also help with timeline visibility in a way that is easy to understand and manage.
Lastly, communication management can make or break a thin client project. Stakeholders will typically look at different aspects of the project; the operations manager might focus on ease of use for the end-users, the financial controller on cost savings, and the network administrator on traffic throughput; everyone will have their area of concern. Sometimes, stakeholders might clash and in most cases, this boils down to lack of communication. Clear communication in a way that everyone understands goes a long way in ensuring a project is a successful one; after all, technology is there to serve humans.