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Overview

Successful project management is increasingly vital to all organizations, driven by the demands of global competition, rapid technological growth, and faster time to market (just to name a few). For those in technology fields, project management skills are fast becoming a required core competency. And those who have mastered these skills continue to be in high demand worldwide, commanding higher salaries than those around them. But how does one extend those skills or acquire them in the first place? Fundamentals of Technology Project Management is a great place to start.

Of the hundreds of project management books on the market, precious few address the unique needs of the IT project manager. Unlike most other project management books, Fundamentals of Technology Project Management tackles the specific issues that technology professionals must face, such as understanding technology resources, managing project scope and feature creep, and meeting client expectations, among many others.

Whether you're a college student, a software engineer, or an IT professional, Fundamentals of Technology Project Management will help you gain a comprehensive understanding of the project management life cycle and learn how to manage it – from first steps on through to intermediate topics (as well as some advanced ones). Author Colleen Garton explains — in easy-to-understand language— not only the what but the how of IT projects. What's more, unlike general project management books, the examples and case studies in this book are all based on technology projects, making them far more relevant to the learner.

Also included is a content-rich CD-ROM loaded with features to make the life of any IT project manager (or the IT professional with project management responsibilities) far easier. There are document templates you can use for all phases of the project — from the initial RFP to closing reports. Plus, the author steps you through meeting agendas, status reports, cost analysis, technical specifications, and more. In addition to the document templates, you're provided with PowerPoint slides that can be modified and used for reporting progress to users and management.

The continuing rise in importance of project management cannot be denied. Let this book be your guide to becoming a more effective, more efficient IT project manager.

With Fundamentals of Technology Project Management you will:
- Discover the top ten reasons projects fail
- Master the five keys to project success
- Explore the six phases of the project lifecycle, step by step
- Review the documents necessary for good project management and learn how to complete them
- Understand the warning signs of a project in trouble and learn how to get it back on track
- Learn Quality Management and Quality Assurance practices in easy-to-understand terms
- Acquire practical ways to develop effective leadership and team-building skills

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If you want to move up the technical hierarchy, you need to become a skilled, comfortable project manager. For many programmers, that’s a pretty big leap. This book will be your guide and companion. It's careful, patient, practical, and comprehensive. And, unlike many PM books, it’s focused on the specific challenges of managing technical projects.

Colleen Garton and Erika McCulloch bring well over 30 years’ experience to the table, and their book reflects it from the beginning of the project lifecycle all the way to project closure and point releases.

You’ll start by understanding your (many) roles as a project manager, then walk through everything it takes to initiate a project successfully. There’s practical advice on generating preliminary cost and time estimates; building teams; planning effective QA/testing; creating proposal documents (RFIs, RFQ, RFPs, and so forth); and more.

The authors explain what to do as soon as you have the formal go-ahead; how to define deliverables, milestones, and functional and technical requirements; and how to run effective meetings -- especially your crucial kickoff meeting.

They systematically cover both technical issues (for instance, building a complete project plan with Microsoft Project, defining source and build control processes) and human issues (delegation, motivation, managing client expectations, what not to say in an email). You’ll find insights into everything from methodologies (PMI, CMMI, Six Sigma) to documentation and technical support.

Perhaps most valuable, the authors’ “voice of experience” on managing constraints, obstacles, and risks -- including how to recognize when trouble’s brewing. (Garton and McCulloch spend several pages on the classic “hurry up and wait” disorder, and the less famous but equally aggravating “wait and hurry up” syndrome.) Calm, focused, and realistic, this book will help you navigate even “Class 5” project whitewater. Bill Camarda, from the March 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583470534
  • Publisher: Mc Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 495
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Colleen Garton has worked in project management positions for successful technology and financial services companies such as LPL Financial and Intuit Inc., and has owned and operated two management and technical consulting companies. She lives in San Diego, California. Erika McCulloch is a former project manager for technology services and distribution companies such as IBM and Ingram Micro. She is currently working as a consultant and teaching industry-specific business practices and project management courses at California high schools. She lives in Oceanside, California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Concepts of Project Management
Chapter 2: Project Management Methodologies
Chapter 3: Project Initiation
Chapter 4: Advancing Beyond the Greenlight
Chapter 5: The Project Plan & Project Approach
Chapter 6: Project Kick-Off
Chapter 7: Project Design
Chapter 8: Creating The Project Schedule
Chapter 9: Project Development
Chapter 10: Managing Obstacles and Risks
Chapter 11: Managing Communication
Chapter 12: Integration and Testing
Chapter 13: Deployment
Chapter 14: Project Closure
Chapter 15: How To Be An Effective Leader
Chapter 16: Personal Growth and Development
Appendix A: Case Study
Appendix B: Project Success
Appendix C: The Project Manager's Toolkit
Appendix D: Document Templates and Powerpoint Presentations
Index
CD-ROM
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2005

    This is a very powerful tool for managing IT Projects!

    This is the first time I encountered a book that not only tells you what you need to do to manage an IT project, but it actually tells you HOW TO do it as well! I love the comprehensive templates that are also very easy to follow. I find myself using this valuable tool a few times a week to help me in my job. I also appreciated the section on how to be an excellent leader of an IT project.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2005

    Phenomenal Book. Must Have for All Project Managers!

    In my opinion this is the best Project Management book available for Technology and IT project managers. It takes the reader through every step of the project lifecycle and gives detailed instructions on how to approach and complete each step. Most books tell you what you need to do but not many take the time to clearly explain how to do it. The book includes a CDRom with 60 project documents. Each document template is explained in detail so that the project manager knows exactly what information is needed to complete each one. The document templates alone are worth a fortune and will save you and your project team hours of work! The book covers both project and people related tasks and issues. The chapters on leadership, team building and motivation are fantastic. The approach may a little different than what you are used to but it makes total sense. The examples throughout the book are invaluable. They are enjoyable to read and also help to really drive the point home that the author is making. Many common mistakes are covered in detail with great tips on how to avoid falling into some common project management traps. The author also includes a chapter on personal growth and development. The chapter focuses on how project managers can stay focused on their own careers at the same time as helping others focus on theirs and meeting tight project deadlines. Many of us forget to proactively manage our own careers in the craziness of our day to day duties and by the time we realize we have let this slip it is often too late! The writing style in the book makes it easy to understand and interesting to read. The authors humor comes through throughout the book and this prevents it from becoming 'dry' and 'boring' like many other project management books I have read. I have recommended this book to my project management colleagues as well as my manager and the technical leads working on my projects. This is must read for project manager's at all levels. It is written in terms understandable for a junior project manager yet it contains content that will prove to be invaluable to intermediate and senior project managers. If you are a project manager working in technology/IT - buy this book. It will be the best career investment you ever made!!

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