Project Management

The ITS project management team is committed to working with departments across campus to identify and design technology solutions. If you are about to start a technology-related project with us, please review the guidelines below. 

Before You Start

Here are some key questions to ask before starting a project:

  • What objectives will the project achieve?
  • Do you have time to invest in developing a solution?
  • Is now the right time for this project?
  • How will this project benefit your department? 

To request ITS support for your project, please first fill out the Project Request Form.

Roles & Responsibilities

Project Roles

Stakeholder: A person with an interest in the outcome of the project. Stakeholders may have functional or technical roles and may be designated as primary or secondary stakeholders. Primary stakeholders provide sign-off on functional requirement specification documents.

Sponsoring Team or Department: The intended owner of the tool that is the outcome of the project. This group will typically own most of the data involved in the work. 

Project Lead: The functional project lead acts as the subject matter expert and is responsible for leading project meetings, managing functional testing and signing off on any design documents or change requests. A technical project lead is usually a developer but in some cases may also be a business analyst or project manager. 

Testing Team: Testing teams can include stakeholders and end users. The testing team is responsible for making sure that the end product meets all the requirements. 

Functional Team Member: This person is responsible for ensuring completion of functional tasks, such as day-to-day operations and procedures, documentation, training and testing. Functional team members can also be stakeholders. 

Business Analyst: Business analysts are responsible for defining detailed project requirements and working with stakeholders and functional teams to access and analyze needs. 

Project Manager: A project manager oversees the overall progres of the project, including providing guidance on resource allocation, the scope of the project and work assignments. 

Client Responsibilities 

  • Assess the needs and take the time to develop the scope and objectives for the project. Consider costs and benefits, and research existing solutions on campus. 
  • Identify your project sponsor and project lead. Designate a representative to work with ITS.
  • Work with the ITS project management team and other stakeholders to develop a project timeline with milestones and deliverables.
  • Develop, review, and approve requirements. 
  • Be available to answer questions and make decisions. Throughout the project you may be asked to respond on a daily or weekly basis.
  • Test fully and provide clear, timely feedback.
  • Manage training, support, and communications during the project.

ITS Responsibilities

  • Provide advice and support during the development of project scope and objectives.
  • Research technical options and define technical needs.
  • Assign technical lead and other required project roles.
  • Work with the client to develop a project timeline that includes project milestones. 
  • Design and construct application with a third party solution.
  • Construct or facilitate implementation and integration of third party solution.
  • Test the application and refine based on feedback. 
  • Facilitate training, support, and communication.
  • Implement solution with the client.