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Approach to Project Management (Technology Project Life Cycle)

Technical projects are inherently complex and cannot succeed without careful planning. A well-planned project will be actively controlled, its progress will be visible, and its members will be given the support they need to do their work. Involving customers in the project early and continuously leads to better defined requirements and higher customer satisfaction. In addition, a staged delivery approach defines the order in which the technology will be constructed. It ensures that the solution is developed to both maximize the value to the customer at each stage and minimize the risks to the project. All of these critical elements are accounted for in the TPLC methodology in order to make our projects successful and continually increase our customerís satisfaction.


Because TPLC:

        Provides a standard recipe for project delivery

o       Serves as a clear guide to overcoming many project challenges

o       Maps out a consistent project delivery approach for ITD

o       Sets controls while allowing change

        Leads to Process Improvement

o       Supports & promotes standards

o       Documents project successes/areas for improvement

o       Encourages knowledge transfer

        Increases the quality of delivered services

o       Makes communication easier for both functional and technical communities

o       Promotes ITD credibility & success

Brief Overview of TPLC
Project's lifecycle consists of TPLC 's five major phases:

o         Plan

o         Design

o         Build

o         Deploy

o         Support

A new project would be formed in the Plan phase. If there is a sufficient business need for the project and all of the Plan phase requirements are met, the project then moves into the Design phase.

During the Design Phase functional requirements are gathered in greater detail and a prototype or pilot is developed if necessary. After major requirements are defined, the project moves to the Build phase in which more resources are committed to the project and the actual development begins. At the end of the Build phase, the fully functional system has passed all technical and functional testing. The project/system "goes live" in the Deploy phase. Once the project/system moves past successful implementation, it is in the Support phase. The decision making circle in the middle serves as a Checkpoint that helps the project manager determine when an iteration of a phase is complete and whether all of the relevant artifacts coming out of the respective phases are sufficient to move the project to the next phase. All artifacts are also updated at this point to reflect the current status of the project.


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Last modified: 09/22/07