How to Cheat at IT Project Managementby Susan Snedaker
Pub. Date: 08/20/2005
Publisher: Elsevier Science
This book is written with the IT professional in mind. It provides a clear, concise system for managing IT projects, regardless of the size or complexity of the project. It avoids the jargon and complexity of traditional project management (PM) books. Instead, it provides a unique approach to IT project management, combining strategic business concepts (project ROI
This book is written with the IT professional in mind. It provides a clear, concise system for managing IT projects, regardless of the size or complexity of the project. It avoids the jargon and complexity of traditional project management (PM) books. Instead, it provides a unique approach to IT project management, combining strategic business concepts (project ROI, strategic alignment, etc.) with the very practical, step-by-step instructions for developing and managing a successful IT project. It’s short enough to be easily read and used but long enough to be comprehensive in the right places.
• Essential information on how to provide a clear, concise system for managing IT projects, regardless of the size or complexity of the project
• As IT jobs are outsourced, there is a growing demand for project managers to manage outsourced IT projects
• Companion Web site for the book provides dozens of working templates to help readers manage their own IT projects
Table of Contents
1. Overview of IT Project Management
2. Aligning IT Projects with Corporate Strategy
3. Navigating Corporate Politics
4. Defining and Organizing IT Projects
5. Planning IT Projects
6. Understanding IT Project Budgets
7. Developing Realistic IT Project Schedules
8. Managing Issues, Changes and Risks in IT Projects 9. Communication Strategies for IT Projects
10. Closing Out IT Projects
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Well-written and easy to read.
Are you an IT professional who's looking for a fast and easy way to do project management? If you are, you're in luck! Author Susan Snedaker, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that synthesizes project management fundamentals, IT processes and procedures, and business fundamentals. Snedaker, begins by looking briefly at business process improvement and how project management fits into that world. Then, she explores corporate strategy issues so you can navigate through the sometimes confusing world of corporate IT funding. The author continues by showing you the why and how politics operate in organizations, and the insight and knowledge you'll gain that will help you navigate corporate policies more effectively. Next, she explores the skills that are required to manage the IT project team. Then, the author starts digging into IT project management itself. She continues by developing a bit more project detail including elements such as priorities, specifications, user requirements, and project infrastructure, to name just a few. Next, she looks at some of the ways you can build quality into your project without implementing an additional quality management program. The author continues by showing you how to put together a project team and how to assign roles and responsibilities to team members. Then, she shows you how to break the project down into manageable components so that you can not only plan the work, but you can develop a more realistic schedule and budget. Next, she discusses strategies for managing your IT project. The author continues by reviewing a few more technical approaches to measuring project progress. Finally, she looks at the inputs, actions, and outputs from this final phase of IT project management. This most excellent book shows you how to align your IT projects to the company's strategic objectives. It also shows you how to determine which project will solve the right problem at the right time while still delivering high-quality results.
I've been managing projects for a long time but I've never had a formal method for doing so. With all the buzz about formal Project Management, I thought I'd better find out what all the buzz is about. Being reluctant to implement yet another SYSTEM, I looked for a book that had information that would help me check my process against a more formal system without choking me with details or boring me to tears. This book is just what I needed. It provides specific, step-by-step information without all the PM jargon that often gets in the way of actually doing something. The early chapters contain business information related to PM. Though I've been in management for years, I actually learned some very useful things from these first few chapters. Nice addition to an already great book. If you want to learn project management or if you already manage projects and want to fill in any holes in your own process, this is a great reference book for you. I've already referred to this book several times and I've only owned it a couple of weeks. It's a keeper, folks.
The book is a 'How To' for new Project Leaders and although I have been in several projects over the years, I did come away with some good ideas and 'AH-HA' moments.