Project Management for IT People
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Project Management for IT People

A short guide to the fundamentals of IT project management

About the Book

This book is mainly aimed at anyone who is working within the IT industry that has an interest in IT project management and how it affects their role on a project. It is an ideal read for either new or experienced project managers, project team members or management as the aim of the book is to be small, compact, easy to pick up and flick through or to read cover to cover

The book covers the main principles of project management and the software development lifecycle with scenarios, tips and examples drawn from real life experiences that are used to explain how to overcome some of the challenges IT projects face in an ever-changing technical environment.

About the Author

Kirstie Brown
Kirstie Brown

Kirstie lives in Jersey, Channel Islands with her husband and family. She has worked for one of Jerseys largest organisation's and was responsible for running the Information Services Project Management Office. Her interests are in project management, agile and change. She used to be a software developer, so has an understanding of the technical issues faced in project delivery.

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Table of Contents

  • 1. About the book
    • Why am I writing this book?
    • About the author
  • 2. Why is IT project management different?
    • Is it a project?
    • What’s a programme?
    • What’s a portfolio of projects?
    • What’s portfolio management?
    • What’s “business as usual” (BAU)?
    • Why start a project?
    • IT projects can fail, but why?
    • How to succeed!
  • 3. Methodologies
    • The Waterfall Model
    • RUP Model
    • The Agile model
  • 4. Starting an IT project
    • Who are your project stakeholders? What do they expect?
    • Setting the project objectives
    • Learning from past mistakes
  • 5. IT Project Roles
    • What is a customer or sponsor?
    • What is a project manager?
    • What is a business or product owner?
    • What is a business expert?
    • What is a software architect?
    • What does a developer do?
    • What does a tester do?
    • What is an external suppliers role on a project?
    • What role does support and maintenance have on an IT project?
    • Why do we need QA and PMO in a project?
    • Softer skills in IT!
    • How do companies allocate staff to projects?
  • 6. Planning an IT Project
    • What is project scope?
    • What are the project assumptions?
    • What constraints do we need to work with?
    • What are project dependencies?
    • What are project exclusions?
    • How we are going to manage the project risk?
    • How we are going to manage the project issues and escalation process?
    • Project schedules
    • User Requirements
    • Estimates
    • Budgets and what you need to track
  • 7. The “Development” Phase
    • What is my role as project manager in the development phase?
    • Is our design and software architecture enough?
    • Can we start coding yet?
    • Are we ready for testing?
    • When do we release and provide support?
  • 8. Managing Changes
    • Changes within the IT project itself
    • Changes that the IT project creates within the existing business environment
  • 9. Documentation and Reporting
    • Project Reporting
  • 10. Closing and measuring success
    • Project closure
    • Did we succeed?

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