Project Exploration

“Project Exploration” is a process through which NDIT and agency staff preparing to conduct an IT project review its business case and high level technical concepts so NDIT staff can understand:

  • The business drivers that are necessitating the work
  • The work's impact to the state’s enterprise technology architecture
  • The work's impact to the state's security posture
  • The work's impact to existing technology contracts and to ensure procurement best practices are followed
  • The work's need for project oversight
  • The work's need for business, technical, and change management resources
  • Other potential benefits and risk factors related to the work

Legislation

Pursuant to ND Century Code (Chapter 54-59-11.1), "Each executive branch state agency, excluding entities under the control of the state board of higher education, considering the development of an information technology project with an estimated cost of one hundred thousand dollars or more shall involve the information technology department in the planning and study of the project. A state agency must receive a recommendation from the information technology department prior to proceeding with any study relating to the project.”

I Have a New Project, What Do I Do?

  1. For any type of work request that is related to starting up (or deciding if you need to start up) a new project, a new business/process analysis, or the need for IT strategic planning, please fill out a Project-Strategic Planning-Business/Process Analysis Intake Form through the state's service portal. This intake form will ask you for just enough information to kick-start the process.
  2. An NDIT project exploration team reviews new requests twice weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays), during which time the work is triaged and assigned to an NDIT team member. 
  3. An NDIT team member will contact the submitter of the intake form for additional details, and to discuss next steps, within five business days of the form's submission.
  4. Next steps in this process may include working with a Customer Success Manager, a Business Analyst, a Project Manager, or a combination of those to gather additional information related to the Who, What, Why, When, Where, and How of the proposed initiative. The exploration team will additionally engage other subject matter experts related to procurement and technical architecture as needed in the planning and study of the work.

Please note that the exploration team will actively review and triage all requests made via the intake form, no matter what the cost and complexity of the request may be. However, if a request has an anticipated budget of $100,000 or more, it is required by Century Code to be reviewed in the manner described above. If you are submitting project information as part of the biennial Statewide IT Planning process, please refer to the Statewide IT Planning pages.

Ongoing Involvement

Preliminary reviews by NDIT staff are conducted at no cost by the agency. If NDIT architects, business analysts, project managers, software developers, or other billable staff are needed beyond any preliminary assessments, those services will become billable at the current published rates