Software Project Management For Dummies

From the Back Cover
Manage scope creep and keep your project on schedule
Get the scoop on managing time, cost, people, risk, quality, and integration

Congratulations ― you’re now in charge of managing software projects! Before you reach for the antacid, reach for this book. It’s packed with advice to help you identify the project’s purpose, build a team, handle qualitative analysis, estimate resources, communicate with everybody, manage the project from start to finish, and deliver just what your client ordered.

Discover how to

Write a product description
Balance time, cost, scope, and quality
Prepare a risk response plan
Track and communicate project performance
Manage conflicts

About the Author
Teresa Luckey was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the eighth of twelve children. She earned the degree of Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern Indiana, with a major in Education. She earned her teaching endorsements in Computer Education and Mathematics from the University of Indianapolis and thoroughly enjoyed teaching (and learning from) junior high students for several years. After deciding to expand her horizons beyond the teaching profession, she pursued her interests in information systems and project management while working at hospitals in Indianapolis, and then moved on to a consulting firm, where she now works as a manager implementing healthcare systems. Teresa earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, where she served as co-class president with her husband, David. She is just shy of completing her Master of Science in New Media at Indiana University School of Informatics. One of these days―soon―she hopes to finish that degree so that she can maintain her reputation as a life-long learner.

Teresa earned her Project Management Professional Certification through the Project Management Institute in 2001 and continues to maintain her certification. She enjoys contributing to the field of project management, particularly with regard to healthcare software.
Joseph Phillips, PMP, Project+, is the Director of Education for Project Seminars. He has managed and consulted on projects for various industries, including technical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and architectural, among others.

Phillips has served as a project management consultant for organizations creating project offices, maturity models, and best-practice standardization.
As a leader in adult education, Phillips has taught organizations how to successfully implement project management methodologies, information technology project management, risk management, and other courses.
Phillips has taught courses at Columbia College, University of Chicago, Indiana University, and others. He is a Certified Technical Trainer and has taught over 10,000 professionals. Phillips has contributed as an author or editor to more than 30 books on technology, careers, and project management.

Phillips is a member of the Project Management Institute and is active in local project management chapters. He has spoken on project management, project management certifications, and project methodologies at numerous trade shows, PMI chapter meetings, and employee conferences. When not writing, teaching, or consulting, Phillips can be found behind a camera or on the working end of a fly rod. You can contact Phillips through www.projectseminars.com.

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Software Project Management For Dummies

– The increase in project outsourcing has forced traditional programmers to take on the role of project managers and quickly learn how to manage software projects
– The author discusses all of the essentials in widely accepted project management methodology, from managing programmers to assessing and eliminating risk
– The book covers the iterative development model, using Microsoft Project 2003, as well as a variety of methodologies including eXtreme, open source, SQA testing, software life cycle management, and more
– The companion Web site contains tools, case studies and other resources to help even novices get up and running

Project Management For Dummies 3rd Edition

The tools you need for successful project management
In today’s time-crunched, cost-conscious global business environment, tight project deadlines and stringent expectations are the norm. Now with 25% new and updated content, Project Management For Dummies, 3rd Edition introduces you to the principles of successful project management and shows you how to motivate any team to gain maximum productivity.

You’ll learn how to organize, estimate, and schedule projects efficiently and effectively. You’ll also discover how to manage deliverables, issue changes, assess risks, maintain communications, and live up to expectations by making the most of the latest technology and software and by avoiding common problems that can trip up even the best project managers.

The latest methods to manage resources and stay on track and within a budget
New coverage of the pros and cons of virtual teams
Fresh tactics for team motivation and the hottest risk management strategies
Explanations of concepts tested in the PMP certification exam with study tips and practices to help you pass

Project Management For Dummies, 3rd Edition gives professionals like you everything you need to be successful project managers.

Project Management for Dummies 2nd Edition

More than two thirds of American companies use teams to execute their most important projects, making project management a highly valuable skill for advancing your career. Project Management For Dummies, Second Edition introduces you to the principles of successful project management and shows you how to motivate any team to gain maximum productivity.

You’ll find out how to:

Define your project and what you intend to accomplish
Identify project stakeholders and their expectations
Develop a project plan
Establish project schedules and timetables
Determine which skill sets and resources the project requires
Choose team members and define their roles
Launch you project and track its progress
Encourage peak performance
Conclude your project successfully

Complete with helpful tips on delegating, shortening schedules, and optimizing your own performance Project Management for Dummies, help you get your project, and your career, off the ground in no time.

Project 2010 for Dummies

A friendly reference guide to Microsoft Project, the leading enterprise project management software
As project management software, Microsoft Project allows you to oversee your business activities effectively. You can manage resources, share project info, perform modeling and scenario analysis, and standardize reporting processes. This easy-to-understand guide is completely updated to cover the latest changes and newest enhancements to Project 2010 and shows you how to get Project 2010 to work for you.

After an introduction to basic project management concepts, you’ll discover the mechanics of using Project software to create and manage projects. Other topics covered include working with calendars, using and sharing resources, budgeting, formatting taskbars, gathering and tracking data, working with reports, and creating templates.

Microsoft Project allows you to manage resources, share project information, perform scenario analysis, and standardize reporting processes
Offers completely updated coverage of the new Project 2010, which is expected to implement the Office Ribbon
Reviews formatting taskbars, gathering and tracking data, and working with reports
Addresses using and sharing resources, creating templates, and managing projects

Let the friendly For Dummies writing style guide you through maximizing the new features of Project 2010.

Microsoft Office Project 2007 For Dummies

Create project plans that make the most of your money and time
Get your projects on track, manage resources, and share information online

Project 2007 helps you keep your projects on track by providing sophisticated tools for building task outlines and important timing relationships; efficiently assigning people, cost, and material resources; and keeping everyone and everything on schedule. Get an overview of the benefits of Project Server and Project Web Access for communicating with your team and managing your project online.

All this on the bonus CD-ROM

– Tools for creating enhanced graphics and reports
– Strategic planning and brainstorming tools
– Project add-ons that improve your time reporting and tracking capabilities
– For details and complete system requirements, see the CD-ROM appendix.

Discover how to
– Employ the powerful new features of Project 2007
– Track down problems with Task Drivers
– Explore Project’s new Visual Reports
– Get tips for saving time and money on your projects

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.