Have you ever started IT projects at your company that burst out of the gate with great verve and energy, only to get bogged down in problems and questions, stalling out at 90% completion forever? This is referred to as a "Zombie IT Project," and they can be annoying, or at worst, they can be a devastating drain on time, money, and company assets.
"Why is our organization having such a hard time crossing-off these zombie projects?"
Unrealistic Goals from the Outset
Sometimes, a project can be doomed from day one, because the final goal is not realistic. Hindsight will usually pinpoint what went wrong for most companies, but by then, it’s too late. You're months into the project, your money has been spent, and you're left with an undead, Zombie IT Project on your hands!
Your project goals might be realistic and on target, but you may have bigger problems ahead, with resource issues. The personnel needed to bring the project to fruition isn’t available, or, more often, gets reassigned mid-project. What was once a well-planned project gets derailed and never seems to get finished.
Poor Project Management
You've set a realistic goal, and created a decent plan, and you have the people to get it done – so you’re all set, right? Wrong - someone must be in charge. A project of any complexity will have a number of moving parts, all on their own schedule. If no one’s responsible for making sure everything is done, then everything won’t get done. Minor issues and questions will bring the project to a Zombie halt.
We have all had "that boss," the one who comes in mid-project, and adds more to your list of tasks. "As long as you’re doing 'that,' you might as well do 'this,' right?'" Nothing causes a project to enter the netherworld like allowing extra tasks to be tacked onto to the original plan. It’s not always possible to anticipate every twist and turn in a project, but anything that comes up that lies outside the original scope needs to be identified as such and managed separately.
Most companies don’t tackle IT projects often enough to gain the experience and insight needed to ensure a project is designed correctly, has the appropriate resources dedicated to it, managed properly and held within scope.
Resurrecting IT Projects
An IT Project should result in a positive transformation for your business, and pay for itself over a reasonable length of time. A project that never gets done has the opposite effect – therefore, it’s wise to hire the expert services of a firm experienced in IT Project Management. It'll save you time, and money in the long run!
Clare Computer Solutions has designed, launched, managed and completed hundreds of IT projects. We know how to bring even the most complex projects to a successful conclusion. We can help your company, too. It all starts with a conversation. Contact us to get started.