'Fast Start' Checklist Guides IT Management Newbies

John Storts
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Whether you're a newcomer to IT management, a seasoned pro who's sought new fortunes at a Fortune 500 or a kind soul filling in for someone, you may have asked yourself, "How can I get on the fast track to successful leadership?"


IT Downloads contributor and IT manager trainer MDE Enterprises developed a resource to assist you, no matter the circumstances, in kicking off your first days - and your first initiatives - at the helm. The IT Manager Fast Start Checklist provides you with a week-by-week breakdown of all the tasks and sub-tasks you need to take care of, including:

  • Week 1 - Assessment: Identifying business issues with tech support implications, opportunities or risks associated with issues, quantifying IT's capabilities, processes needed to support technology
  • Week 2 - Plan: Validating active or planned projects, defining projects needed to address business issues, prioritize projects, creating action plans
  • Week 3 - Validation: Presenting your strategy to senior management, approving the plans to staff and client managers
  • Week 4 - Execution: Putting resources into high-risk issues, identifying opportunities with low cost and minimal effort, focusing on key support issues, establishing PM standards to ensure you're on budget and on time


The checklist includes detailed explanations of all items so that you don't stumble along the way. Check out our extensive coverage on project management issues here on IT Business Edge, too. We wish you the best of luck.

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