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Better Software Project Management: A Primer for Success / Edition 1

Better Software Project Management: A Primer for Success / Edition 1

by Marsha D. Lewin
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ISBN-13: 9780471395553
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/01/2001
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

MARSHA D. LEWIN, CCP, CMC, FIMC, is a management consultant specializing in project management and information system implementation. Her consulting firm was named one of the 100 leading management consulting firms in the United States. In over thirty years of consulting, she has successfully implemented software in both the public and private sectors. Ms. Lewin is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants, past president of the Association of Management Consultants, and a former director and officer of the Institute of Management Consultants and the Council of Consulting Organizations. She is the author of The Overnight Consultant and The Consultant's Survival Guide, also published by Wiley, and the coauthor of Software Project Management: Step by Step.

Table of Contents


Who This Book Is For.

Approaching Software Project Management.

Useful Features of This Book.

How This Book Is Organized.


Chapter 1: Getting Moving.

Project Management Quick Start.

What's a Project Manager to Do?

Materials Review.

Chapter 2: Mastering the Process.

Theory of Constraints: The Dimensions.

Satisfying the Quadruple Constraint.

Taking Corrective Steps.

Adjusting to Project Outcomes.

Defining Project Types.

Applying Methodologies to the Madness.

Getting the Lay of the Land: Kick-off.

Compiling the Project Bible.

Choosing Projects with the Best Chance of Success.

Negotiating for Success.

Handling the Pressure.

The Importance of Project Definition.

Chapter 3: Planning the Project.

Getting There from Here.

Risky Business.

Defining the Project Work Plan in Detail.

Setting Standards.


Cost Planning.

Practicing the Art of Estimating.

Choosing a Project Cost System.

Building in Contingency.

Risk Planning.

Chapter 4: Lewin on Leadership.

Organizing the Project Team.

Knowing Who to Organize.

Leadership Guidelines.

Talent Searching.

Organize a Virtual Team.

Additional Notes on Talent.

Back to the Drawing Board.

Chapter 5: Monitoring.

Getting and Staying in Control.

Financially Speaking.

Dealing with Creepy Crawly Changes.

Communicating and Publicizing.

Chapter 6: Completing.

Knowing You're at the Finish Line.

The Joy of Reviewing.

Life after Completion.

In Conclusion.

Appendix I.

Appendix II.

Appendix III.




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