IT Project Management Essentials, 2011 Edition

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Written by project management experts with decades of experience IT Project Management Essentials is a hands-on resource guide for anyone assigned as a project manager through the process of designing, developing, and implementing an IT goal. IT Project Management Essentials provides proven techniques for scheduling and management along with the essential tools, such as stakeholder analysis and reports, for managing all along the way. Written in a practical how-to style and organized to give you fast access to ...

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Overview

Written by project management experts with decades of experience IT Project Management Essentials is a hands-on resource guide for anyone assigned as a project manager through the process of designing, developing, and implementing an IT goal. IT Project Management Essentials provides proven techniques for scheduling and management along with the essential tools, such as stakeholder analysis and reports, for managing all along the way. Written in a practical how-to style and organized to give you fast access to specific information, this book not only explains the project management process but also takes you step-by-step through the implementation of any IT goal.

IT Project Management Essentials delivers valuable, professional insights into every aspect of project management, including:

  • Defining a Project
  • Task Planning and Sequencing
  • Schedule Development
  • Budget Development
  • Risk Analysis
  • Managing Stakeholders
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Project Information Security
  • Legal Issues
  • And much more!

IT Project Management Essentials keeps you alert to the important topics to look out for in any project. You'll find:

  • Techniques for improving the quality of the project management process through the application of a Balanced Scorecard and Lean Six Sigma
  • An explanation of Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) and how it applies to both the project creation process as well as the product creation process
  • Complete coverage of disaster recovery/business continuity and how this can be built into both the project process as well as the final product
  • Complete coverage of information security and the issues that the project manager must consider during the design and execution of a project

PLUS, IT Project Management Essentials includes a BONUS CD-ROM which makes it easy for you to search for, find, and use what you need faster than ever.

The 2010 Edition brings you information on the following:

  • How an applications development project managed using agile techniques delivers the results where traditional project management techniques fail
  • How agile project lifecycle saves money over the traditional waterfall development approach
  • How an agile features list more closely tracks a customer's needs than an exhaustive requirements document
  • Interface Management - how to identify those points in the project plan where people sometime "drop the ball," and how to mitigate them
  • Successful ways to mitigate the negative effects of both logical and physical project interfaces
  • Team leadership explains how all project managers set a productivity example for their project teams - both good and bad
  • How project team leadership is both an art and a science, and the times when you should apply each of them
  • The top 15 leadership traits and how to apply each of them to project management
  • Managing a desktop refresh project in a large and geographically dispersed company
  • Taking green steps in computer and monitor disposal while maintaining information security of stored data
  • Selecting a refresh strategy - "slam dunk and run" or "extreme finesse"
  • Steps for identifying and minimizing resistance from recipients of new equipment
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735591592
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 12/6/2010
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents


• 1. What Is IT Project Management?


• Six Project Management Elements
• Project Management Basic Activities
• Three Management Levels
• Evaluating Project Viability
• Asking the Correct Questions
• Developing the Twenty Questions
• ABCs of Project Management Issues
• Some Project Management Advantages and Limitations
• Using Essential Terms


• 2. Defining a Project


• Project Initiation - Taking the First Step
• Assembling a Project Notebook
• Assembling a Project Charter
• Project Definition and Scope
• Defining Assumptions
• Risk Management Plan
• Scope Definition - Developing a Work Breakdown Schedule
• Scope Definition - Developing a Responsibility Matrix
• Project Scope Verification
• Scope Management Plan
• Project Steering Committee


• 3. Task Planning and Sequencing


• Creating a Work Breakdown Structure
• WBS Techniques
• Numbering for Future Identification


• 4. Resource Planning


• Build a Plan
• Visualize What Is Needed
• Team Members Required
• Equipment (Machines)
• Materials
• Process (Method)
• Environment
• Planning the End-Game Now
• Management Involvement


• 5. Time Estimation


• Definition
• Time Estimation Guidelines
• Function Point Analysis Overview
• COCOMO
• Add Administrative Tasks to the Plan
• Time Estimation Pitfalls


• 6. Schedule Development


• Linking Tasks
• Developing a Schedule
• Milestones
• Project Administration Time
• Calendar
• Gantt Charts
• PERT/CPM Techniques
• Refining a Schedule


• 7. Budget Development


• Budgets Begin with Cost Estimates
• Creating Cost Estimates
• Refining Cost Estimates
• Converting Estimates into a Budget
• Revising a Budget


• 8. Risk Analysis


• Risk Definition
• Risk and Opportunity Are Two Sides of the Same Coin
• Developing a Risk Management Plan
• Categorizing Risk
• Working the Critical Risks
• Risk Mitigation
• Managing Risk


• 9. Controlling Quality


• Quality Process Definition
• Controlling the Quality Effort
• Continuous Improvement


• 10. Managing Stakeholders


• Stakeholder Planning
• Identifying Stakeholders
• Typical Stakeholders
• Meet the Stakeholders!
• Stakeholder Communications
• Know the Audience
• Stakeholder Communications Plan


• 11. Project Management Office Processes and Tools


• How to Do It
• Project Portfolio Management
• Processes and Tools
• Resource Management
• Project Status Reporting
• Training
• Reference Library
• Program Management


• 12. Project Documentation


• Project Documentation Essentials
• Documentation Format
• PMO Reference Library
• Potential Project Documents
• Project Scope and Definition Planning
• Project Execution
• Vendor Management


• 13. Training the Project Team


• The Role of the Project Manager
• The Role of the Project Team Members
• The Role of the Project Sponsor
• The Role of the Project Support Team


• 14. Project Kick-Off Meeting


• The Importance of a Good First Impressio

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