Magazines

Developers Benefit from a Process Blueprint. Software Magazine, March 1996. Angus, Jeff. State Scraps IS Project. Information Week, March 24, 1997. --. Projects Get Kick Start. Computerworld, December 4, 1995. Anthes, Gary. White House Ultimatum to Fed IS Shape Up Systems or Lose Funding. Computerworld, November 18, 1996. Bach, James. Enough About Process What We Need Are Heroes. IEEE Software, March 1995. Barbour, Doug. What Makes a Good Project Fail. Object Magazine,...

Apply Interpersonal Skills

Interpersonal skills, also called people skills, play an integral part in the success of every project. Whatever gets accomplished is done by people and their interactions, so interpersonal skills can seriously impact results. Interpersonal relations embrace three primary skills being an active listener, reading people, and dealing with conflicts effectively. One of the best communication tools a project manager can have is active listening. It means listening genuinely to what the speaker is...

Reasons for Project Failures

Ill-defined work breakdown structure Too pessimistic or optimistic estimates Poor informal communications and interpersonal No buy-in or commitment from customer or people No accountability and responsibility for results Culture not conducive to project management Culture not conducive to project management Too high, too long, or too short time frame Commitment to achieving goals and objectives Formal change management disciplines in place Receptivity to positive and negative feedback Receptive...

Project Management Methodologies

In some situations, projects can make use of a project management methodology, or PMM. Sometimes the methodology is developed in-house other times it is purchased from an outside firm. Whatever its origins, a PMM offers several advantages. It provides a consistent, standardized approach for managing projects. It sets the groundwork for compiling data. And it improves communications. The PMM must be flexible in its application. It must also be documented and accessible, and it should be...

What Happens When No One Wants to Give the Project Manager an Estimate

Project managers often lack formal authority over the people on their teams. This is especially the case in a matrix environment, where people report to a functional manager and may support several projects simultaneously. Sometimes project managers just do not get cooperation from team members. The team members may fear commiting themselves, hate to wrestle with unknowns or ambiguities, or just not like the project manager. What, then, is a project manager to do Project managers have several...

Introducing Project Management

The top management in some companies does not understand that project management is what is needed. How do you convince people that project management will help them Introducing project management is a change management issue, even a paradigm shift. That's because project management disciplines will affect many policies, procedures, and processes. They will also affect technical, operational, economic, and human resources issues. Such changes can be dramatic, and many people as in many change...

The Work Breakdown Structure

Perry now has the visibility he needs and the details for building the project. Now he will use the SOW to develop a work breakdown structure, or WBS. The WBS is a detailed listing of the deliverables and tasks for building the product or delivering the service. It is a top-down, broad-to-specific hierarchical outcome of the work to perform. There are several benefits to developing a WBS. 1. The WBS forces the project manager, team members, and customers to delineate the steps required to build...

Index

Agenda, example of, 135 definition of, 132 arrow diagramming method ADM , 79 automated project management, 185-199 distributed integrated system, 189-197 evaluation, process of, 188-189 needs and wants associated with, 185-186 three-level pyramid, structure of, 185-186 what software won't do, 187 backward pass, 76-78 definition of, 76 example of, 77 bar Gantt chart, 79-81 definition of, 79 example of, 79 roll-ups used in, 79-80 Bolton, Robert, 137-138 budget and cost calculations, 100-105 how...