Better Software Project Management

Author: Marsha D. Lewin
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471395553
Format: PDF, Docs
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A complete guide to piloting a software project to success-on time and within budget This book provides novice software project managers, software developers, and anyone delivering reusable software with strategies for mastering the basics of directing a software project. Well-known management consultant Marsha Lewin uses a "been there, done that" approach designed to solve on-the-job problems quickly and efficiently. Learn how to get a project in motion immediately in the first chapter's "quick start" tutorial. This comprehensive overview outlines the ins and outs of software project management, including the expectations for a project manager, defining the project, satisfying critical needs, and leading and monitoring your team. These aspects of managing small- to medium-sized project types are detailed in the same lively, colloquial style that demystifies the complexities of the discipline. The author equips you with the tools to concurrently satisfy the triple constraints of schedule, budget, and quality within the context of risk management, and highlights potential pitfalls and their solutions to assure repeated success. To help you get under way and stay ahead, supplemental, ready-to-use forms, formats, and checklists are included, along with information on: ? Use of resources, including people and budget, the quality of software developed, and the costs and risks ? Political and technical issues affecting project success ? Risk management methodology ? Shaping yourself as a leader ? Software development methodologies, from traditional life cycle to prototyping, and how they relate to software project management ? Testing and its role in project management Dozens of real-world examples and diagrams, together with a comprehensive bibliography and glossary, render Better Software Project Management a crucial resource for anyone responsible for keeping software projects within budget and on schedule.

Software Project Management

Author: Ashfaque Ahmed
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1439846561
Format: PDF, Docs
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To build reliable, industry-applicable software products, large-scale software project groups must continuously improve software engineering processes to increase product quality, facilitate cost reductions, and adhere to tight schedules. Emphasizing the critical components of successful large-scale software projects, Software Project Management: A Process-Driven Approach discusses human resources, software engineering, and technology to a level that exceeds most university-level courses on the subject. The book is organized into five parts. Part I defines project management with information on project and process specifics and choices, the skills and experience needed, the tools available, and the human resources organization and management that brings it all together. Part II explores software life-cycle management. Part III tackles software engineering processes and the range of processing models devised by several domestic and international organizations. Part IV reveals the human side of project management with chapters on managing the team, the suppliers, and the customers themselves. Part V wraps up coverage with a look at the technology, techniques, templates, and checklists that can help your project teams meet and exceed their goals. A running case study provides authoritative insight and insider information on the tools and techniques required to ensure product quality, reduce costs, and meet project deadlines. Praise for the book: This book presents all aspects of modern project management practices ... includes a wealth of quality templates that practitioners can use to build their own tools. ... equally useful to students and professionals alike. —Maqbool Patel, PhD, SVP/CTO/Partner, Acuitec

Situational Project Management

Author: Oliver F. Lehmann
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1498722628
Format: PDF
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Most project managers would agree that every project is unique. But not all project managers would agree that the best way to manage a unique project is unique. Many still cling to the old practice of having a methodology that is applied to all projects. "One size fits all" is still in common use, and this approach has proven to lead to project failure. Flexibility, situational intelligence, and creativity are essential to deliver project success. The need to recognize and master ever-changing requirements and environmental conditions is a tough challenge for professional project managers. The same practices that led to success yesterday may cause failure today. Selecting favorable responses to a given situation is often the most critical factor of the dynamics of success and failure. This book is designed to help project professionals assess a situation, predict the appropriate approach, methodology and achieving styles, and then apply them in a situational fashion. To guide project managers in selecting the appropriate responses, Situational Project Management (SitPM) shows how to assess a given project, determine its unique characteristics, and select the appropriate methods to complete the project. With this book, projects managers can use SitPM to develop profiles of their projects on the basis of the projects’ physical characteristics, the project teams’ behavioral characteristics, the enterprise environment, and the market environments receiving project deliverables. These profiles help project managers to determine the appropriate project life cycle approach and leadership style. The book also explores various ways to engage stakeholders on the basis of a project’s SitPM profile. The book’s author, Oliver F. Lehmann, has developed a set of templates to apply SitPM in practice. It can be downloaded from www.oliverlehmann.com/SitPM/Templates.zip.

Cloud Computing 101

Author: Patrick Allen
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781508504368
Format: PDF, ePub
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Cloud computing is here to stay. If you're a Project Manager, you're increasingly likely to encounter situations in which cloud computing will have an impact on your project - whether you want it to or not! Often, you may have no choice - especially if a boss, customer or sponsor states, "You will use cloud computing in this project!" If you ask why, chances are the answer will be, "Because everyone else is using them!"As a PM, you need to be able to make sure that everyone involved with your project understands which of the three basic types of clouds are appropriate for that project. Each type of cloud has specific capabilities and limitations. Some come with different service models, as well as different "deployment models," each with its own advantages and disadvantages.This book helps you cut through the jargon and hype surrounding clouds and cloud-based services. It will enable you to distinguish between the different types of clouds, service models, deployment models, and their relative strengths and limitations. It will help you:* Effectively manage project team and stakeholder expectations* Effectively plan, execute and monitor projects that involve clouds* Help your organization and customers avoid costly mistakes* Guide your organization to effectively leverage new cloud-based capabilities* Make clouds work for you and your project* Avoid common pitfalls (including security issues) when using cloudsThis book also maps the contents of key chapters to the process groups and knowledge areas in the PMBOK(r) Guide, allowing you to easily apply the accepted standards of project management to cloud computing.You don't need to be a "techie" to benefit from this book. Hopefully, this book will help dispel some of the mystery and hype associated with cloud computing, and bring about that vital "Aha!" moment as you discover how to make the cloud work for your project.

Project Strategy and Strategic Portfolio Management

Author: William H.A. Johnson
Publisher: Business Expert Press
ISBN: 1606495976
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Projects have become the de facto method of implementing business strategy and operations. As such, understanding how projects relate to business strategy and managing projects strategically is increasingly important to effective and efficient business management This book is designed as a short and concise treatise on how to go about doing that. The authors start by figuring out how the project relates to the rest of the business and environment and what separates it from other projects and functions. They go on to discuss how you can use principles of strategic management to better organize and manage the various projects you may be dealing with on a daily basis so that they are strategic in nature. In essence, this book details how to approach answering the important strategic questions in project management like—“Why is the project being implemented? How does the project relate to the major strategic goals of the organization? How do we accomplish the performance goals for the project so that they help achieve the major strategic goals of the organization?”

Successful Project Management

Author: Milton D. Rosenau
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118276906
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The Fourth Edition of this internationally bestseller details the quick and easy way to master the basics of project management. Using a lively, conversational style, project management gurus Mickey Rosenau and Gregory Githens equip readers with fundamental principles and "tested-in-the-trenches" techniques for managing projects in any type of organization. They arm readers with easy-to-use tools for resolving any technical, mechanical, or personnel problem that may arise over the course of a project and break project management down into twenty-two chronological steps. Extensively revised and updated, this Fourth Edition examines the role of integration in project planning, risk-and-issues management, virtual teams, new theories, project management offices, and more! Successful Project Management, Fourth Edition is an ideal primer for students and an indispensable quick reference for experienced professionals.

Real Web Project Management

Author: Thomas J. Shelford
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
ISBN: 9780321112552
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Examines the role of the Web project manager, and offers strategies for running productive meetings, winning the confidence of the team, dealing constructively with conflict, and managing expectations.

Succeeding in the Project Management Jungle

Author: Doug Russell
Publisher: AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn
ISBN: 0814416152
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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It's a jungle out there and project managers are fighting to survive....With countless man-hours clocked and billions of dollars spent every year on project tools, the success rate for projects remains astonishingly low. So what's the solution? Introducing TACTILE Management(tm), a people-centric system that works in conjunction with an organization's existing processes. Based on the seven characteristics of high-performance project teams--transparency, accountability, communication, trust, integrity, leadership, and execution--the book shows project managers how to: * Take project teams out of their functional silos and transform them into a powerful, integrated force * Balance the expectations of customers, management, and project teams with the technical requirements of cost, schedule, and performance * Apply practical phase-by-phase project guidance to real-life situations * Avoid or minimize possible pitfalls * And more Every successful project involves someone in the trenches who has the people skills to match process with the capability of his team and organization. This innovative book shows readers how to make the most of their people...and ensure project success.

Lean Project Management

Author: Lawrence P. Leach
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781419644061
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Lean Project Management takes you through all of the steps to plan and execute projects using the exciting new Lean and Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) methods. Larry Leach is uniquely qualified to integrate CCPM and Lean practices in a practical way that works for all kinds of projects, large and small. This book is a second edition of Eight Secrets to Supercharge Your Projects with CCPM, which has received outstanding reader reviews.

Agile Project Management with Scrum

Author: Ken Schwaber
Publisher: Microsoft Press
ISBN: 0735637903
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The rules and practices for Scrum—a simple process for managing complex projects—are few, straightforward, and easy to learn. But Scrum’s simplicity itself—its lack of prescription—can be disarming, and new practitioners often find themselves reverting to old project management habits and tools and yielding lesser results. In this illuminating series of case studies, Scrum co-creator and evangelist Ken Schwaber identifies the real-world lessons—the successes and failures—culled from his years of experience coaching companies in agile project management. Through them, you’ll understand how to use Scrum to solve complex problems and drive better results—delivering more valuable software faster. Gain the foundation in Scrum theory—and practice—you need to: Rein in even the most complex, unwieldy projects Effectively manage unknown or changing product requirements Simplify the chain of command with self-managing development teams Receive clearer specifications—and feedback—from customers Greatly reduce project planning time and required tools Build—and release—products in 30-day cycles so clients get deliverables earlier Avoid missteps by regularly inspecting, reporting on, and fine-tuning projects Support multiple teams working on a large-scale project from many geographic locations Maximize return on investment!