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Project Manager: Careers in IT project management

Book Description

This book is a highly accessible guide to being a project manager (PM), particularly a project manager working within an IT field. The role is set out with reference to required skills, essential competencies and responsibilities. Tools, methods and techniques for project managers are covered, including Agile approaches; risk, issue and change management processes; best practices for managing stakeholders and financial management. Career progression opportunities for project managers are also discussed. Case studies are included throughout and tips and useful resources are included at the end of every chapter. -- ''This is a wonderful book. I wish I'd read this 25 years ago when I started managing software projects. Seriously. So much of this I learned the hard way by doing, and this book is straight forward, easy to read and covers all the bases. Nice Job Elizabeth!'' Monica Borrell, Founder and CEO, Cardsmith --- ''A clear, comprehensive introduction to IT project management that will suit anyone starting out as an IT project manager, whilst being broad enough to have plenty of interest for the more experienced.'' Richard Newton, award winning author of The Management Book and The Management Consultant --- '''Elizabeth's latest book is as practical and applicable as we've come to expect from this experienced author.'' Penny Pullan, Director, Making Projects Work Ltd --- ''Another pragmatic publication from Elizabeth to help those starting out in their careers in project management.’' Peter Parkes, Programme Director, Peak Performance Consulting and author --

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Half-Title Page
  3. BCS, THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE FOR IT
  4. Title Page
  5. Copyright Page
  6. Contents
  7. List of figures and tables
  8. About the author
  9. Acknowledgements
  10. Abbreviations
  11. Glossary
  12. Preface
    1. How this book is organised
  13. 1. INTRODUCTION TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT
    1. What is project management?
    2. What happens if a project can’t achieve its objectives?
    3. What is IT project management?
    4. Summary
  14. 2. THE ROLE OF THE IT PROJECT MANAGER
    1. The trouble with being a project manager
    2. The objectives of the project manager’s role (or, why the role exists)
    3. What is programme management?
    4. What makes a top performing project manager?
    5. Where does a project manager’s authority come from?
    6. Ethics: an underpinning skill
    7. A project manager’s responsibilities
    8. Summary
  15. 3. PROJECT STRUCTURES
    1. Common team structures
    2. Interface and dependencies
    3. Tools for understanding your project team and interfaces
    4. Summary
  16. 4. HOW PROJECT MANAGERS WORK: TOOLS, METHODS AND TECHNIQUES
    1. Agile vs. waterfall
    2. The project life cycle
    3. Methods for doing the work
    4. Best practice procedures and processes
    5. Software tools
    6. Summary
  17. 5. CAREER PROGRESSION AND RELATED ROLES
    1. Getting into project management
    2. Moving on in project management
    3. Moving up in IT project management
    4. Moving out of IT project management
    5. Continuous professional development
    6. Summary
  18. 6. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN IT PROJECT MANAGER
  19. Appendix 1 Professional associations
  20. Appendix 2 Project management websites
    1. Websites
    2. List of related blogs
  21. Appendix 3 Project management templates
  22. Index
  23. Back Cover