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Reality Check: The importance of methods and processes in conducting projects

Editor’s NoteWelcome to our weekly Reality Check column. We’ve gathered a group of visionaries and veterans in the mobile industry to give their insights into the marketplace.

Were you able to organize all the projects by the end of 2012 that must be conducted during 2013? If so, I would caution that it is very important to undertake these projects using methods and processes.

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I am talking not just about processes and methods for IT but for all projects. Keep in mind you need to choose which method and process you are going to use to base business processes on and to elaborate or optimize them before starting system development or system maintenance. And which methods or processes are you going to use to implement a new infrastructure technology? These are difficult questions.

Back in the 1980s, these questions were pretty easy to answer: since without methods or processes the projects were not possible. However, today the scenario is completely different.

No matter if it is a system project or an infrastructure project, there are some IT professionals that insist on conducting projects without design processes or methods.

Using the right methods, it is possible to:

1. Minimize risks
2. Minimize implementation time
3. Spend less money
4. Involve the right people
5. Correctly evaluate customer needs, etc.

So, if you think that methods and processes are very bureaucratic, consider that they do more than just save jobs: they facilitate basic daily activities.

Since we are at the beginning of the new year, I hope that all of us can keep an open mind and accept that more organization will give us more time to improve the quality of our lives.

I’ve gathered some references that you might want to read:

Cibele Andrea de Godoy Fonseca is the CIO at the Brazilian construction company Andrade Gutierrez.

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