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Outsourcing IT: A Governance Guide by Rupert Kendrick

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Chapter 14. Project Governance

The outsourcing of an IT function is a project. In order to understand the meaning and implications of project governance, it is important to understand the meaning of a project.

Definition

It is difficult to find a comprehensive, universally accepted definition of the word ‘project’. In essence, a project is an undertaking designed to be performed within specific time limits and with specific objectives, most frequently by a team of individuals with specialist skills that enable the achievement of the project’s objectives.

Objective

These characteristics are all recognisable in an IT outsourcing project. The clear objective of such a project is invariably to select a supplier who will improve or complement the organisation’s ...

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