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Chapter 4
Project Managers
In this chapter:
Organizing the Team. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Starting a New Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Managing the Ongoing Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Project managers can go by many names: product manager, program manager, business
manager, stakeholder, analyst, advocate, project lead, team lead, or the lone consultant.
Whatever title is used, the responsibility is the same—to see the project through to its
successful completion. In other words, the project manager needs to ensure that the project
goes live on time, on budget, bug free, and meeting all requirements. It is with the project
manager role that we begin the Team System story.
In Team System, the Project Manager role doesn’t contribute designs, code, or tests. Project
managers remain strictly in the management position and perform such duties as creating
and confi guring a project, managing work items, managing the content on the Project Portal,
and reviewing any generated reports.
Organizing the Team
Before we launch Team System, let’s set up the team. I’m assuming that you have a team, you
know their names, and, most important, you know what roles each member will play on the
team and inside Team System. Remember that a team member can play more than one role.
For example, Sharon could be both an architect and a developer. As project manager, you
need to know all these details before starting a new project—primarily to confi gure security.
Note From a software standpoint, Team System comes in editions specifi c to the various
roles. If you have a team member who plays two roles, such as architect and developer, you’ll
need to install licensed copies of both Microsoft
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Visual Studio
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2005 Team Edition for Software
Architects and Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Developers. Installing a licensed
copy of the Team System Suite is another option.
Even team members who don’t correlate directly to an edition of Team System will still
be able to interact by one of the other client interfaces, such as Microsoft Offi ce Excel®,
Microsoft Offi ce Project, or the browser. Anyone in the company who has the correct
permission levels can add or edit documents to the project portal.

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