The classic elements of project management may apply to the task under question or a more ad-hoc approach be required.

In all cases, resources required to fulfill the goal must be managed and co-ordinated to keep the project within timescale and budget.

A project is a temporary endeavor having a defined beginning and end, but will also comprise an important element of the overall IT system. Project management may therefore address a specific task, or form part of overall Consultancy services.

An external third party will often be most effective in project management, the objectives of the Project under management being thus divorced from the day to day issues of the End User and Supplier.