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  1. 1.1 Building a Site from Scratch
  2. 1.2 Growing a Small Site
  3. 1.3 Going Global
  4. 1.4 Replacing Services
  5. 1.5 Moving a Data Center
  6. 1.6 Moving to/Opening a New Building
  7. 1.7 Handling a High Rate of Office Moves
  8. 1.8 Assessing a Site (Due Diligence)
  9. 1.9 Dealing with Mergers and Acquisitions
  10. 1.10 Coping with Frequent Machine Crashes
  11. 1.11 Surviving a Major Outage or Work Stoppage
  12. 1.12 What Tools Should Every SA Team Member Have?
  13. 1.13 Ensuring the Return of Tools
  14. 1.14 Why Document Systems and Procedures?
  15. 1.15 Why Document Policies?
  16. 1.16 Identifying the Fundamental Problems in the Environment
  17. 1.17 Getting More Money for Projects
  18. 1.18 Getting Projects Done
  19. 1.19 Keeping Customers Happy
  20. 1.20 Keeping Management Happy
  21. 1.21 Keeping SAs Happy
  22. 1.22 Keeping Systems from Being Too Slow
  23. 1.23 Coping with a Big Influx of Computers
  24. 1.24 Coping with a Big Influx of New Users
  25. 1.25 Coping with a Big Influx of New SAs
  26. 1.26 Handling a High SA Team Attrition Rate
  27. 1.27 Handling a High User-Base Attrition Rate
  28. 1.28 Being New to a Group
  29. 1.29 Being the New Manager of a Group
  30. 1.30 Looking for a New Job
  31. 1.31 Hiring Many New SAs Quickly
  32. 1.32 Increasing Total System Reliability
  33. 1.33 Decreasing Costs
  34. 1.34 Adding Features
  35. 1.35 Stopping the Hurt When Doing This
  36. 1.36 Building Customer Confidence
  37. 1.37 Building the Teams Self-Confidence
  38. 1.38 Improving the Teams Follow-Through
  39. 1.39 Handling an Unethical or Worrisome Request
  40. 1.40 My Dishwasher Leaves Spots on My Glasses
  41. 1.41 Protecting Your Job
  42. 1.42 Getting More Training
  43. 1.43 Setting Your Priorities
  44. 1.44 Getting All the Work Done
  45. 1.45 Avoiding Stress
  46. 1.46 What Should SAs Expect from Their Managers?
  47. 1.47 What Should SA Managers Expect from Their SAs?
  48. 1.48 What Should SA Managers Provide to Their Boss?
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1.18 Getting Projects Done

  • Usually, projects don’t get done because the SAs are required to put out new fires while trying to do projects. Solve this problem first.
  • Get a management sponsor. Is the project something that the business needs, or is it something the SAs want to implement on their own? If the former, use the sponsor to gather resources and deflect conflicting demands. If a project isn’t tied to true business needs, it is doubtful whether it should succeed.
  • Make sure that the SAs have the resources to succeed. (Don’t guess; ask them!)
  • Hold your staff accountable for meeting milestones and deadlines.
  • Communicate priorities to the SAs; move resources to high-impact projects—Section 33.1.4.2.
  • Make sure that the people involved have good time-management skills—Section 32.1.2.
  • Designate project time when some staff will work on nothing but projects, and the remaining staff will shield them from interruptions—Section 31.1.3.
  • Reduce the number of projects.
  • Don’t spend time on the projects that don’t matter—Figure 33.1.
  • Prioritize → Focus → Win.
  • Use an external consultant with direct experience in that area to achieve the highest-impact projects—Sections 21.2.2, 27.1.5, and 30.1.8.
  • Hire junior or clerical staff to take on mundane tasks, such as PC desktop support, daily backups, and so on, so that SAs have more time to achieve the highest-impact projects.
  • Hire short-term contract programmers to write code to spec.
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