How to Cheat at IT Project Management

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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.

There is no specific technology covered in this book and so applicable to all. Microsoft Project may be referenced. The IT project management topic is very timely and is gaining attention as companies (and employees) look for ways to do “more with less.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597490375
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 8/20/2005
  • Series: How to Cheat Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 564
  • Sales rank: 939,425
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Snedaker, currently Director of IT and Information Security Officer at a large community hospital in Arizona, which has achieved HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 (EMR) certification and has been voted 100 Most Wired Hospitals two years in a row. Susan has over 20 years’ experience working in IT in both technical and executive positions including with Microsoft, Honeywell, and VirtualTeam Consulting. Her experience in executive roles has honed her extensive strategic and operational experience in managing data centers, core infrastructure, hardware, software and IT projects involving both small and large teams. Susan holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelors degree in Management. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information Management Systems (CPHIMS), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and was previously certified as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). Susan also holds a certificate in Advanced Project Management from Stanford University and an Executive Certificate in International Management from Thunderbird University’s Garvin School of International Management. She is the author of six books and numerous chapters on a variety of technical and IT subjects.
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Must have for anyone in IT

    Well-written and easy to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2006


    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2005

    Great all around MUST HAVE resource

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2005

    Complete and Concise and easy to implement

    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.

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