PM Crash Course for IT Professionals: Real-World Project Management Tools and Techniques for IT Initiatives (Cisco Technology Series)

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Real-world project management tools and techniques you can start using today!

IT professionals are often faced with extremely challenging project deployments, as well as initiatives that are mission-critical to their organizations. For IT project managers, a strong understanding of the discipline of project management can be invaluable—both to success with individual projects and to their overall careers. However, most books and training ...

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Overview

Real-world project management tools and techniques you can start using today!

IT professionals are often faced with extremely challenging project deployments, as well as initiatives that are mission-critical to their organizations. For IT project managers, a strong understanding of the discipline of project management can be invaluable—both to success with individual projects and to their overall careers. However, most books and training materials on project management pay little or no attention to the unique challenges IT project managers face.

PM Crash Course™ for IT Professionals is full of project management tools that you can apply immediately to your IT projects—to deliver them on time, on budget, and with fewer headaches. Authored by world-renowned project management trainer Rita Mulcahy, this book will help you get your IT projects back on track using proven, real-world project management tools and techniques.

This revolutionary Course in a Book® covers the basics of project management, including planning, scheduling, budgeting, and more. It also moves beyond the basics to cover a number of real-world project management tools and techniques for IT initiatives. The authors provide indispensable practical checklists, templates, and exercises to reinforce your learning of these concepts. The book includes dozens of tricks, insights, and contributions from real project managers sharing what has made a difference for them when managing real-world projects.

If you are looking for easy-to-use tools and processes to make an immediate impact on your current IT project, PM Crash Course™ for IT Professionals is the resource for you.

Rita Mulcahy, PMP, founder and CEO of RMC Project Management, is the most popular project management author in the world. Since 1991, hundreds of thousands of project managers have utilized her 30+ best-selling books and resources to expand their project management knowledge and further their careers.

Real-World Issues Covered:
• Understanding why IT projects fail--—and preventing failure
• Defining effective IT project charters and requirements
• Organizing IT roadmaps into manageable projects
• Capturing, creating, and using historical data
• Establishing “soft” and “hard” project metrics and milestones
• Defining project scope, and avoiding scope creep
• Identifying and managing stakeholders and expectations
• Choosing the right PM tools for your needs—including in-house, hosted, and cloud-based solutions

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587202599
  • Publisher: Cisco Press
  • Publication date: 10/21/2009
  • Series: Cisco Technology Series
  • Pages: 253
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Rita Mulcahy, PMP, founder and CEO of RMC Project Management, is the most popular project management author in the world. Since 1991, hundreds of thousands of project managers have utilized her 30+ best-selling books and resources to expand their project management knowledge and further their careers.

Martha L. Young is president and founder of Nova Amber, LLC, a virtual business consultancy specializing in business process virtualization strategies and methodologies. She has been engaged in the technology industry for nearly 20 years.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Before You Read This Book: Introduction to the world of IT project management
Chapter 2: How to Use This Book: how to use the case studies to inform your approach
Chapter 3: Understanding the Project Management Process/ Why IT projects fail
Chapter 4: Defining the Project Charter and Requirements
Chapter 5: Incrementalization: How to break down the IT Roadmap into Projects
Chapter 6: Learning from History: Gaining, Creating and Using Historical Data
Chapter 7: Identifying and Managing Stakeholders
Chapter 8: The Project Scope Statement: Key to IT Project Success
Chapter 9: Preventing Scope Creep: The Work Breakdown Structure and WBS Dictionary
Chapter 10: Estimating in the Real-World of Business
Chapter 11: Real-World Scheduling: or What to do when things go really wrong
Chapter 12: Communications Management
Chapter 13: Preventing Problems: Identifying and Managing Risk
Chapter 14: Saving the IT Project that has Failed
Chapter 15: Measuring Success post Project and Avoiding Career Damaging Errors
Chapter 16: Conclusions and What to Learn Next
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  • Posted June 3, 2011

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    GREAT PRACTICAL PMP REFERENCE

    I was going to start gaining knowledge for my PMP Certification and looking for some practical real world examples of how Project Management fits into the IT environment. The PM Crash course for IT Professional was a great book as soon as I start reading the book as was able to start correlating the practical knowledge I had around Project Management with the formal training and the knowledge required for the Project Management Certification Exam.
    If you have some basic and practical knowledge around Project Management this book will allow you to start linking the dots for your certification exam and to improve your practical knowledge around Project Management.
    From the first page the book focus on real world scenarios and how to use the Project Management methodology. The book goes straight to the point. The first two chapters give you an overall view of how to use the book and the 10,000 feet view of Project Management but it lands everything very nicely in the following chapters in order for you to start applying the methodology toward real world scenarios.
    The books has this little note that relate the real world example shown in the text and relates it to an specific knowledge from the Project Management Body of Knowledge. This little note work very well to understand the concepts and how you can apply them to the real world.
    The author of this book Rita Mulcahy wrote a real world guide that can be use on any project you want to start, it can be on the IT industry or any other industry even in your own life I can suggest. I mention this because when I got the book and start reading it immediately I was above to start building my project according to the Project management Body of Knowledge with a real world scenario,

    One more thing that I need to outline of the book is the real world example it uses to explain the different concepts of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. In addition one more thing that people never do is to read or refer to the appendix section but for this book you really need to put attention since it gives you more detail on the real world scenarios that explains how Project Management Body of Knowledge is apply to. Finally on the appendix there is one very interesting which explains the business improvement methodologies what is the purpose of them and how they interact with the project management methodology specifically in the IT environment.
    On every chapter there is a note space that you can us in order to apply the concept learn toward the specific knowledge learn on that chapter.

    It is a book that builds knowledge with the content you will see that the 16 chapters it contains cover the complete methodology and applies it to real world scenario's.

    I cannot stop reiterating that this book is a mandatory field guide for any person that is working on the It industry delivering a any project, service or anything that relates to it, even to your daily life. Also is a very good introduction to the Project Management Body of Knowledge for the PMI certification exam.
    The author build a book that has a lot of very specific useful information.
    I will recommend the book as a daily personal reference because you can find out concept that will help you on your daily work when you're are delivering a project and applying project management to your daily activities. Since I got the book I start using it a guideline to develop my project management designing or deploying infrastructures with Cis

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  • Posted November 3, 2009

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    succinct indeed

    The attraction of this book is in how the authors have distilled much of project management into a series of succinct points. Indeed a crash course if you are completely new to the subject. It can also be useful to those already well versed in the field, but who desire a quick refresher.

    For example, the renowned 6 Sigma gets a 2 page precis in the appendix. So that's what it was all about! The association with Motorola is mentioned, as Moto was the original proponent. Presumably the many travails of Moto's products in recent years was not due to 6 Sigma.

    ITIL also gets a mention.

    The book makes no attempt at going into all the main methods. So kaizen (continuous improvement), which was big in the US in the 80s, as Japan's economic model seemed triumphant, just is listed, with no further explanation. Perhaps that could have been added?

    More specialised models, like the Capability Maturity Model from Carnegie Mellon, fare even worst. No mention at all.

    Overall, you are provided with a sharp focus. The many tables and lists in the book are useful in this regard.

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