Information Systems Project Management: How to Deliver Function and Value in Information Technology Projects

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This book provides an up-to-the-minute look at delivering function and value in IT projects. Information systems projects are by their very nature more complex than other projects. And as technology advances, they seem to get more complicated. Completely updated to reflect the latest changes in the field, the second edition of "Information Systems Project Management" takes readers step by step through the project management process, showing them how to deliver value and produce major gains through projects that provide real benefits. Featuring examples drawn from actual IT projects, the book contains new material on: the role of a project management office; manging multiple projects; preparing a scope statement; systems development life cycles; planning for project implementation and completion; and communication mechanisms and more.With helpful checklists and other practical tools, this new, updated edition of "Information Systems Project Management" is the complete guide for helping project managers maximize productivity, minimize costs, and master their responsibilities.

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"It’s common in the IT industry to hear of project disasters: overdue products, blown budget estimates, and dismal results. And the root cause of most of these commonplace disasters is the simple fact that people skilled in the technical aspects of a project are often not prepared to manage them.

Managing projects requires expert skill in managing budgets, people, and processes. It requires someone who is proficient in project management -- especially in the highly complex, project-driven IT industry. Information Systems Project Management gives you the powerful tips and tools you need to deliver results.

A definitive resource for IT professionals, the second edition of Information Systems Project Management uses clear language and real-world examples to guide you through each key step of understanding the project, defining it, planning it, and running it--and bringing it to completion. And the book shows you how to steer clear of pitfalls that can quickly derail your project, including scope changes that are not adequately defined, tracked, and managed; poor planning, especially planning that overlooks project activities; and an overabundance of technology tools, which often results in decreased productivity.

Plus, the second edition comes complete with all-new sections on how to: * manage projects when you’re also a team participant * define the proper objective * get your projects off to a good start * understand a variety of system-development life cycles * plan for a smooth project implementation * and complete a project cleanly, from capturing lessons learned to administrative closeout. The book is also packed with new checklists, worksheets, and action plans for dozens of ""what-if"" scenarios.

Whether your project entails implementing major packages, upgrading hardware, designing a technology architecture, or developing a systems strategic plan, Information Systems Project Management helps you successfully deliver your projects on time, on budget, and with desired results."

About the Author:

Jolyon Hallows has more than 35 years of experience in IT, particularly in developing and troubleshooting complex and high-visibility systems applications. He lives in Burnaby, British Columbia.

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