17 - 19 March 2005 -- 'Avoiding IT Disasters - the Expert Way': Le Grimaldi Hotel, Nice, Cte d'Azur

In a new 'forensically-oriented' Course to be delivered in early March, Dr Castell - BCS IT Consultant of the Year 2004 Medallist - will teach how impending IT disasters can be recognised and early avoiding action taken.

Dr Castell highlights lack of expertise in and failure to follow established best practise at the crucial Requirements Definition and Specification stages of new IT projects as among the principal causes of IT project failures, and the spiralling costs of resolving the disputes that almost inevitably arise. In addition, a lack of proper involvement at Board level in identifying and resolving problems before they become serious is compounding the situation and leading to escalating disputes and even litigation between suppliers and customers.

Dr Castell says "A rigorous but practical forensic approach to assessing and dealing effectively with IT project risks can help organisations secure successful programme and project outcomes, and reduce the likelihood of damaging disputes or legal action with suppliers." His Course focuses on helping those responsible for IT projects to:

-Learn the software and systems procurement disaster signals.
-Get the IT contract right in the first place and avoid runaway IT projects.
-Spot the early warning signs and know what best to do when things go wrong.
-Understand IT contract monitoring, turnaround and dispute resolution techniques and processes.
-Become alert to the pitfalls and uncertainties of IT outsourcing and benchmarking.

Dr Stephen Castell is an internationally acknowledged computer expert, consultant and project manager. As an IT expert witness in computer disputes he has acted in over 100 major cases worldwide over 15 years, including the largest and longest software development contract actions to come to trial in the English High Court.

For more information see http://www.e-expertwitness.com

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