Project Managers leading massive IT projects--defined as projects rolling out deliverables across geographic boundaries with budgets ranging well into the millions--need a unique level of expertise and an arsenal of personal and professional skills to successfully accomplish their tasks. Large IT initiatives inherently contain business conditions, technology quirks, and participant and managerial agendas that make them exceedingly difficult to execute.
Complex IT Project Management: Sixteen Steps to Success reveals a project management process that the author has proven to be successful in many complex real-world projects. Each step is presented in its logical sequence, with the connections between management methods and project goals clearly defined. The author often refers to the successful tactics he employed, providing you with a strategy to overcome the challenges found in even the most intricate IT projects.
This book stands as the perfect tool for project managers at all levels of experience who plan to tackle a high-profile initiative. It also serves as a guide for project sponsors searching for the right manager, and for consultants recommending best practices for the workplace.
Table of Contents
A Project Is More Than Its Technical Deliverables. Learning Requirements Is Our First Priority. Using Technologies to Meet Requirements. Devising an Implementation Strategy Precedes Scheduling. Plan B Is an Integral Part of the Project Plan. Writing the Plan. How to Status Your Project. Managing Project Information. Manage Your Dollars. Understanding and Managing Vendors. Manage Your Turnover. Handling Your Team. Managing Customers and Beneficiaries. Handle Your Management. Lessons Learned. Becoming the Project Adult.