Preface to the second edition

Since the first edition of Software Project Management, the perception of the importance of project management and consequently its development as a discipline has continued to grow. In the UK, for example, we have seen the publication of the British Standards Institution guidelines on project management (BS 6079) and a revised and improved version of the PRINCE standard. The British Computer Society professional examinations now include* a paper on project management. The Association for Project Management has continued to develop its Body of Know ledge and its system of qualifications, while the Project Management Institute in the United States, through its seminal Body of Knowledge document, is making its infiucncc felt world-wide. In a European context. Euromethod has been published. This initiative attempts, admittedly w ith mixed success, to address top-level project management issues. We have also been made aware of the impressive set of national vocational competence standards on project management that have been developed in Australia.

Our contacts w ith industry suggest that part of this grow ing interest in project management is because organizations have become 'leaner' and 'delayered', so that the burden of keeping businesses running has been put on the shoulders of a smaller and more hard-pressed work force. Staff who might regard themselves as primarily technical people often find that 'empowerment' means that they now have to plan and manage work when.* previously this would have been done for them. The removal of layers of management also means that organizational changes often require a project approach where previously they could have been implemented as pan of nonnal day-to-day organizational management.

We have found some who have claimcd that the managers of IT projects do not need to have any specific expertise in IT matters: that essentially there is no need for software project management. As the title of this book indicates, we are not of this view. As Darryl Ince of the Open University has noted, software disasters since 1995 have not abated and if any thing have increased, especially where client-server software has been the subject of development. It seems clear that project managers need to be aware of the issues and problems of IT development and IT developers need to have project management skills.

The target audience for this book remains students of disciplines such as information technology, information systems and computer science where project management is part of their course; and also practitioners, ty pically IT developers w ho have just or are about to assume project management responsibilities.

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