At AFLAC, Columbus, Ga., proposed IT projects need to meet certain criteria, such as surpassing a general cost threshold or number of hours required for completion, before it is elevated to official “project” status. “We size our initiatives before we take them to management,” explains Brian Abeyta, VP of AFLAC’s IT project management office. “Those initiatives that exceed or meet the size criteria, whether it is the number of hours, cost or, in some cases, visibility, we classify as a ‘project.’ If it doesn’t meet that threshold, like many of our routine software releases, it is handled at the operational level.”

Projects considered for project management status are subjected to a formal executive review, Abeyta continues. “Our largest projects go before a steering committee headed up by many of our senior C-level executives.” Typically, IT projects meriting this status at AFLAC are those exceeding $100,000 and 1,000 hours of development time, though most are far above these levels, he adds.

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