Most project managers tasked with their first data center move naturally search for an example Work Breakdown Structure(WBS) or a Microsoft Project Plan file they can modify. What they quickly learn is that these examples are incomplete and don’t accurately reflect what awaits the first-timer.
We’ve published a number of tips and best practices for data center moves. It’s natural to feel a sense of panic when it becomes clear that an investment in time is required to move successfully.
The bias against using outside help also colors the first-timer’s approach. You don’t know what you don’t know and yet you are about to embark on leading a complex project. Seek to understand the critical elements you may be missing.
Here are key resources for increasing your knowledge about a data center move:
- Our 40 page Data Center Move Guide helps you learn the basics
- The Data Center Move Checklist is a primer to spur your planning
- Understanding the Budgeting Paradox will help you understand why arriving at a budget can be tricky
- Three Tips to Tackle an Urgent Time Line will help address time-sensitive moves
- Have you considered alternatives to moving? Here’s Four Reasons Not to Relocate Your Datacenter
- Is your procurement searching for a Data Center Relocation Statement of Work (SOW)?
- The Cloud is not magic – Understand how to approach a cloud move.
Your data center move will be unique. Invest the time to build a plan instead of hoping to modify an ill-fitting boilerplate you found on the Internet.
I wrote this book to strip the mystery from a data center move, and to:
- jump start project managers who want to understand the WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) category foundations
- inform Executives about their budget process and cost model
- warn Stakeholders to get Governance right
- slice the Gordian Knot of decision paralysis
- arm Human Resources to recognize key contributors versus the lazy, blanket recognition that demoralizes technical staff
Written in plain language, and organized to accelerate everyone’s understanding, the book is particularly useful for the first-time Project Manager and as a tool to on-board others.