This set of best practices describes techinques and procedures that should be used for Information Technology Services managed projects.

Project Management vs Solution Life Cycle

Project Management and Solution Life Cycle are often used interchangeably as if they both referred to the same thing.  That is a mis-conception.  They are related to each other, i.e. complimentary; however, they are not interchangeable.  Doing either one to the exclusion of the other is begging for failure. 

Project Management addresses the definition, planning, execution, control, and closure of a project regardless of what type of project it is.  Solution Life Cycle consists of those actions that are planned for and executed to deliver and support an IS solution.  Both sets of activities require different skill sets.  Keep in mind if the project manager has to be down in the trenches doing many of the solution delivery tasks then chances are very good that neither project managment nor solution delivery will be done well, especially for larger projects.


The Project Management Institute (PMI) is the accepted premier organization for establishing best practices for project management.  PMI best practices are collected into the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK).  They also provide certification for project management specialists.  There is no point for us to reinvent the wheel and define a lot of project management best practices; they already exist, are vetted and are successfully used by many project management professionals.  Instead this guide will highlight those things specific to UNL that should done by ITS personnel with regards to project management; the PMBOK will serve as a supporting reference guide.



  • Project Initiation
  • Planning
  • Execution and Control
  • Risk Management
  • Communication
  • Closure