The Project Infrastructure


Chapter 3 focuses on developing the project infrastructure. After studying this chapter, you should understand and be able to:

  • Define the project management knowledge area called project integration management and describe its role in project plan development, project plan execution, and overall change control.
  • Describe the five project management processes and how they support each phase of the project life cycle.
  • Understand product-oriented processes and how they are used to implement the systems development life cycle (SDLC).
  • Develop a project charter and describe its relationship to the project plan.
  • Identify the steps in the project planning framework introduced in this chapter and describe how this framework links the project's measurable organizational value (MOV) to the project's scope, schedule, and budget.


Up to this point, we have looked at IT project management from a very high or strategic level. The first phase of the IT project management methodology focuses on conceptualizing and initializing the project. The primary deliverable or work effort of this phase is the development of a business case. The business case defines the project's goal and value to the organization and includes an analysis and feasibility of several alternatives. Moreover, the business case plays an important role in the ...

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