Managing Complex Outsourced Projects

Author: Gregory A. Garrett
Publisher: CCH Incorporated
ISBN: 0808010735
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The ever-changing world of outsourcing demands that project managers be adept at team building, meeting management, group-based problem solving and conflict management. Managing Complex Outsourced Projects provides a comprehensive review of what it takes to successfully manage outsourced projects resulting in improved performance and reduced expenses. Author Gregory A. Garrett discusses the concept of Integrated Project Management (IPM), which is the discipline of ensuring that appropriate practices, tools and techniques are implemented by all parties involved in the outsourcing process. In Managing Complex Outsourced Projects, you'll find more than 400 tips and best practices, over 40 forms and more than 20 case studies that depict how the most successful companies effectively manage outsourced complex projects.

New Directions in Project Management

Author: Paul C. Tinnirello
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781420000160
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Organizations that rely on computing technology for survival understand the critical importance of managing projects that meet strategic goals and objectives. The diversity of business globalization and electronic commerce combined with the unceasing pace of technical change continues to challenge efforts for more proficient project management techniques. Presenting the tools you need to meet the challenges of the new business environment, New Directions in Project Management covers best practices in all areas of managing software development projects — practices that have been determined by measurable results not vague ideologies. In addition to a comprehensive treatment of software development project management, this book covers managing outsourced projects, team- and consensus-building, requirements definition, systems integration, measurement and metrics, and quality assurance testing. Rather than force-feeding a particular vision of project management and one methodology, the integrated approach combined with detailed concepts and techniques presented here offer you valuable advice and guidance for your project’s success. Successful planning for the challenges of the new business environment will remain complex, but not unachievable. In this environment, project management cannot be viewed only as a solitary management activity but as a set of dynamic principles that can be cultivated and improved through practical experience. This demands the best of your skills. Covering software development project management from all sides, New Directions in Project Management gives you the advantage.

Successful IT Outsourcing

Author: Elizabeth Sparrow
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1447100611
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The first book to provide practical guidance on how to get the most from an outsourced IS service and written specifically for IS and IT professionals and not senior business managers.

Complex Project Management

Author: David H. Dombkins
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781419676901
Format: PDF, ePub
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A methodology and toolset to deliver complex and system-of-system projects, by the author of the internationally acclaimed Complex Project Manager Competency Standards.

Managing Complex Projects

Author: Kathleen B. Hass
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
ISBN: 152309673X
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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For organizations to thrive, indeed to survive, in today's global economy, we must find ways to dramatically improve the performance of large-scale projects. Applying the concepts of complexity theory can complement conventional project management approaches and enable us to adapt to the unrelenting change that we ignore at our own peril. Managing Complex Projects: A New Model offers an innovative way of looking at projects and treating them as complex adaptive systems. Applying the principles of complexity thinking will enable project managers and leadership teams to manage large-scale initiatives successfully. • Explore how complexity thinking can be used to find new, creative ways to think about and manage projects • Diagnose complexity on a wide range of projects — from small, independent, short projects to highly complex, longer projects • Understand and manage the complexity of the business problem, opportunity, solution, and other dimensions that come into play when managing large-scale efforts Use the Project Complexity Model to determine the most effective approach to managing all aspects of a project based on the level of complexity involved.

Managing the Development of Software Intensive Systems

Author: James McDonald
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470537620
Format: PDF, Kindle
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An authoritative primer on managing software-based development projects and complex software/hardware systems Managing the Development of Software-Intensive Systems discusses the application of project management and general management techniques to large software development projects and complex software/hardware systems. Drawing upon the author's experience in developing a project management workshop for AT&T employees, as well as in teaching software engineering courses at Monmouth University and workshops for a variety of other audiences, this practical guide allows readers to reliably develop large software applications and systems that require the simultaneous development of electronic hardware and the software that controls the hardware. Integrates the project management processes of planning, organizing, monitoring, and control with the underlying technical processes used for product development Teaches how to plan and manage verification and validation for large software projects or complex software/hardware systems Explains what additional management activities must take place in organizations with a multi-project environment Discusses how inspection results and testing metrics can be used to monitor project status Describes techniques to help manage inherent risks in software-based product development Each chapter is accompanied by a case study based on an actual situation with which the author is familiar; this gives the reader experience in doing the management work. The author teaches readers how to use their own experience to improve the way they manage projects and provides a method for reviewing successes and failures to help increase their capabilities in the future. Managing the Development of Software-Intensive Systems serves as both an introduction to project management for software and hardware developers and as an advanced material resource for experienced managers. The contents will benefit managers of software-based development projects and organizations, as well as organizations that outsource development work. This book can also be used as a textbook in undergraduate or graduate courses in computer engineering, computer science, software engineering, information technology, commerce, and administration with an information systems orientation.

Managing Complex Projects

Author: International Institute for Learning
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470927984
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The application of project management techniques is considered standard practice in today's business environment. What is not widely known is that the learning gap separating good project management from exceptional project management is not as great as one might think—yet, the difference in the return on value can be quite significant. Many factors determine how projects are approached, such as rapid shifts in technology, a fluctuating market, changes in a business's organizational structure, and politics. As these forces add to a project's complexity and duration, project managers must develop strategies that allow them to think outside the box and create new on-the-go methodologies. Managing Complex Projects delivers the tools necessary to take on an unpredictable economy with an adaptable battle plan proven to meet the differing needs of an ever-expanding set of partners and stakeholders involved in a project. This book shows how to solve some of the issues facing today's project manager, including: Dealing with multiple virtual teams located around the world Working with partners and stakeholders that may have limited project management tools and experience Adjusting to long-term projects in which the stakeholders may change Managing projects where stated goals and objectives differ among stakeholders This book shows how companies such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Siemens are exploring new avenues to aid them in taking on complex projects by combining "hard" skills, such as risk management and scheduling, with "soft" skills that focus on interpersonal communication. Managing Complex Projects serves as a lifesaver for time-crunched project managers looking for new ways to maximize their efforts.

Getting Results

Author: Ann Costello
Publisher: CCH Incorporated
ISBN: 0808018183
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book focuses on what it takes to achieve great business results in the complex world of U.S. Federal Government contracts and projects. Specifically, the book addresses: the nature of the blended (multisector) workforce challenges and opportunities, the need for knowledge management throughout the acquisition life cycle, and the mandate to provide effective program/project management in an environment of performance-based acquisition. The book provides a comprehensive discussion of the six integrated disciplines of Performance-Based Project Management (PBPM), including: Cultural Transformation Strategic Linkage Governance Communications Risk Management Performance Management. Key topics include effective management of a multisector workforce; how to create and sustain a knowledge management culture; success with complex FAR programs and contracts. The book provides 100+ proven best practices, tools, techniques, and more than 12 case studies from both U.S. government agencies and industry. The book concludes with a brief discussion of the Future Acquisition Workforce and what it will take to get great results with on time delivery of quality products, services and integrated solutions at competitive pricing.

Project Management of Complex and Embedded Systems

Author: Kim H. Pries
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781420072068
Format: PDF, Mobi
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There are many books on project management and many on embedded systems, but few address the project management of embedded products from concept to production. Project Management of Complex and Embedded Systems: Ensuring Product Integrity and Program Quality uses proven Project Management methods and elements of IEEE embedded software development techniques, to explain how to deliver a reliable complex system to market. This volume begins with a general discussion of project management, followed by an examination of the various tools used before a project is underway. The book then delves into the specific project stages: concept, product development, process development, validation of the product and process, and release to production. Finally, post-project stages are explored, including failure reporting, analysis, corrective actions, and product support. The book draws heavily on information from Department of Defense sources as well as systems developed by the Automotive Industry Action Group, General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford to standardize the approach to designing and developing new products. These automotive development and production ideas have universal value, particularly the concept of process and design controls. The authors use these systems to explain project management techniques that can assist developers of any embedded system. The methods explored can be adapted toward mechanical development projects as well. The text includes numerous war stories offering concrete solutions to problems that might occur in production. Tables and illustrative figures are provided to further clarify the material. Organized sequentially to follow the normal life cycle of a project, this book helps project managers identify challenges before they become problems and resolve those issues that cannot be avoided.

Implementing the Virtual Project Management Office

Author: Marcus Goncalves
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 007166128X
Format: PDF, ePub
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Globalization and increased outsourcing have redefined project management. The complex dynamics involved in today's long-distance projects require a new skill set and knowledge base unlike anything needed before. Here, leading project management expert Marcus Goncalves presents a complete guide to implementing the virtual project management office (ePMO). Leveraging his information technology expertise and PM experience, Goncalves offers cutting-edge techniques for managing projects across borders, working with colleagues and clients from different cultures, and utilizing the necessary telecommunication/Internet technologies ePM managers and their virtual teams and remote PM offices must have. Implementing the Virtual Project Management Office complies with the Project Management Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) guidelines and extends them to ePMO. After analyzing the benefits of ePM versus conventional project management, Goncalves presents an in-depth discussion of ePM practices, scenarios, and challenges, aided by real-world examples and insightful case studies. Providing a full focus on the management and execution of virtual projects, Goncalves demonstrates the time- and cost-saving advantages, showing how to begin realizing those advantages immediately. He gives you: Guidelines for building virtual project teams Step-by-step best practices for keeping an eProject on course Techniques for measuring project performance and earned value eTools for controlling project quality Ways to integrate speed, change, and innovation for ePM success A customer-driven approach to ePM Goncalves provides comprehensive information on developing a state-of-the-art virtual project management office, from the necessary structure and environment to the technology. He also defines what concurrent ePM is and the need for change management during the process. The bonus CD features sample policies, forms, budgets, checklists, and software (including the award winning Mindmanager, from Mindjet) to assist in your ePMO implementation.