Please compose a 2- to 3-page paper documenting a refined version of your project description, and discussing the different stakeholders and clients’ interests and any potential political conflicts in implementing your information system project.
In your paper, please make sure to discuss the following points, in additional to presenting the refined project description:
- Identify stakeholders and clients
- Identify the perspectives and perceptions of the different stakeholders and clients
- Describe the political dimensions of your project and identify ways in which such politics may influence your project and implementation processes
- Describe the conditions under which social and technical system sub-optimization in your project might occur, and identify strategies for avoiding these conditions
- Identify your strategies for preventing your project from becoming a “death march project.”
The following items will be assessed in particular:
- The degree to which you have carried out the assignment completely, or clarified why you could not and investigated alternatives
- Your ability to describe your project clearly and develop your recommendations systematically
- Your ability to focus on the overall purposes of the assignment, not just its specific steps
- Your use of some in-text references to what you have read; please cite all sources properly. General Case and SLP Paper Writing Guidelines
Power and Politics http://toolkit.smallbiz.nsw.gov.au/chapter/8/41
Egeland, B. (2011). The influence of organizational culture and politics on the project. Project Management Tips. Retrieved from http://pmtips.net/influence-organizational-culture-politics-project/
Krisgsman, M. (2008, November 6). Gartner: Office politics kill IT projects. ZNet. Retrieved from http://www.zdnet.com/blog/projectfailures/gartner-office-politics-kills-it-projects/1126
Carried to extremes, organizational politics, combined with other factors, can result in what are sometimes called “death march projects”. Here are some sources describing this phenomenon.
Yourdon, E. (2004). What is a death march project and why do they happen? InformIT. Retrieved from http://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=169512&seqNum=3
Yourdon, E. (2010, March 16). Death march projects in today’s hard times. Retrieved from http://www.boston-spin.org/slides/boston_spin_slides_2010_03.pdf
The PPR Wiki has a discussion on this book http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?DeathMarch with a good many stories and examples.
You might also want to check out the PPR Wiki on Extreme Programming In Enemy Territory http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?ExtremeProgrammingInEnemyTerritory for further discussion troubled development and how to survive it.