The 10 Commandments of Large-Scale IT Transformation - Slide 4

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Plan a time-buffer in the schedule that can be invoked only by the steering committee. Re-plan at the end of every phase.

It's not uncommon to budget for a contingency in any project and especially so in large programs. Most budgets include a cost contingency, but few plan for an explicit time-contingency (time-buffer) at the program level. Not having an explicit time-contingency at the program level forces all tracks within the program to build buffers that will result in longer duration for the program as a whole.

When it comes to large-scale IT transformation projects, some basic principles have a great impact on implementation success. The following is a list of principles, some of which the folks at the IT consulting firm Infosys freely admit they came by the hard way.

These recommendations, or "10 Commandments," are intended to help focus your IT organization's attention on the most fundamental aspects of program management.

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