|About this title|
|Successful project management (PM) is increasingly vital to all organizations. Driven by the demands of global competition, rapid technological growth, and faster time-to-market, the field has seen significant growth in recent years. One of the most noteworthy changes is that project management is no longer considered to be just a job; it is recognized as a legitimate profession. Universities offer PM degree programs, and certifications in PM process frameworks such as PMBOK® Guide and PRINCE2® are becoming a requirement for project managers in many organizations.|
Studying for these credentials increases knowledge of PM process best practices and standard terminology, but it does not teach project methodologies or project and people management skills. These skills are required core competencies for technology professionals, and those who master them are in high demand worldwide. But how does one extend one's skills—or acquire them in the first place? This book is a great place to start.
Of the hundreds of project management books on the market, precious few address the unique needs of the IT project manager. Fundamentals of Technology Project Management tackles the specific issues that technology professionals must face, such as understanding technology resources, managing project scope, utilizing new technologies and social media, and managing in a virtual environment, among many others. The book is also unique in that it maps its content to both the PMBOK® Guide and the PRINCE2® process frameworks, enabling readers to apply the skills learned within the process framework being used.
Whether you're a project manager, student, software engineer, or IT professional, Fundamentals of Technology Project Management will help you gain a comprehensive understanding of the project management lifecycle and how to manage it—from first steps to intermediate topics (as well as some advanced ones). In easy-to-understand language, Colleen Garton explains not only the what but the how of managing IT projects, with examples and case studies based on technology projects to make the content most relevant to the learner. A companion web download file provides features to make the life of any IT project manager easier, including document templates for all phases of the project—from initial concept to closing reports. Plus, the author steps you through project scheduling, meeting agendas, status reports, cost analyses, technical specifications, formal project reviews, and more.
The continuing rise in importance of project management skills cannot be denied. Let this book be your guide to becoming a more effective, more efficient IT project manager.
With this guide, you will:
- Discover the top 10 reasons projects fail and master the 5 keys to project success
- Explore the 6 phases of the project lifecycle, step-by-step
- Learn to complete the documents needed for good project management
- Recognize the warning signs of a project in trouble and learn how to get it back on track
- Learn how to leverage social media and virtual communication tools in the workplace
- Acquire practical ways to develop effective leadership and teambuilding skills<>/ul
|Colleen Garton —|
Colleen Garton is a highly respected and experienced writer, consultant, and speaker. She is the author of two management books: Managing Without Walls and Fundamentals of Technology Project Management. She is recognized internationally as an expert on virtual and global management. Colleen is an experienced and in-demand public speaker for numerous events and conferences around the world.
Colleen has extensive management and training experience in the United States and internationally, with more than two decades of practical experience in traditional and virtual management spanning multiple industries. She is the owner of the Garton Consulting Group (www.gartonconsulting.com). Prior to founding the Garton Consulting Group, Colleen held senior management positions at some major U.S. corporations.
Erika McCulloch —
Erika McCulloch has worked on projects and project teams for more than a decade. Working directly with multiple customers at all levels, she has successfully managed projects of all types, sizes, and budgets in a variety of industries. She has in-depth experience with project management tools and methods as well as business analysis and Internet development. In addition to working in project management positions for successful technology services and distribution companies such as IBM and Ingram Micro, she has taught technology and e-business topics and assisted in the development of educational programs for technology architects.