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IT Project Leadership: Driving Business Strategic Projects in Challenging Times
Jim Vaselopulos, Vice President, PSC Group, LLC

Many IT organizations have mission critical projects, those that are important and some that are nice to have. In the downturn, organizations are increasingly going through every project with a fine-tooth comb. The focus has now become which priorities, initiatives or investments will have the greatest long-term effect on the business and deliver the highest ROI?

In this session attendees will learn:
* How to focus on investments that make a crucial difference in business operations
* How to gain on the competition with sharp technology decisions/directions
* How to identify the projects that are a must- have from a business perspective
* How to support the business in driving these must-have projects
* How IT can leverage these projects to help transform the business
* How to drive business opportunities through strategic IT partnerships

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    • © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • Frank Mesner ! !! My first job! !! In a recession! !! Layoffs! !! Implementing large capital projects! !! Capital spending freeze! !! What I learned from Frank…! © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • Boom & Bust Cycles ! © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • Process Based Projects ! © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • Process Based Projects ! If you meet these criteria you have an! INVESTMENT GRADE PROJECT! © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • Seems Logical…" but it’s just not that easy ! © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • Improving" Business Processes ! © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • Invest NOW – reap rewards later! © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • Fuel Economy ! !! Recently Rented a Car! !! Had Real-Time Fuel Economy! !! How do you Maximize your Fuel Economy?! © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • Fuel Economy ! !! Recently Rented a Car! !! Had Real-Time Fuel Economy! !! How do you Maximize your Fuel Economy?! It is important to build up! MOMENTUM! when going downhill! © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • Separate Business Analysis! from Project Execution!! © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • Is accomplished! by providing! Information and removing mystery! © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • Quantify the Risk ! © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • Mitigate This! ! 10! No defined objectives for a win! Identify 10! No supportive business sponsor! Investment 5! Limited impact to line of business! Grade projects 5! Requires cultural change for adoption! with decent 5! Duration > stability of business process! scores and have an open 2! Can not quantify success! dialogue with 2! Unrealistic expectations anywhere! the business! 2! No time/budget for POC or discovery! © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • We want a Happy CFO! © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • Who does this? ! © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • Earn Respect to Engage ! © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • What is ‘my’ Agile? ! !! Useful, working output (code)! !! Iterative, rapid application development! !! Business involvement! !! Realistic incorporation of late changes! !! Old-school teamwork & collaboration! !! An investment mentality/dialogue! !! Simplicity! © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • What is ‘my’ Agile? ! !! Useful, working output (code)! !! Iterative, rapid application development! !! Business involvement! There are many interpretations.! !! Realistic incorporation of late changes! In some forms it is junk.! !! Old-school teamwork & collaboration! Remain PRACTICAL!! !! An investment mentality/dialogue! !! Simplicity! © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • Key Take Aways ! © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!
    • © 2009 PSC Group, LLC!