Information Systems Project Management: Methods, Tools and Techniques Review

Information Systems Project Management: Methods, Tools and Techniques
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This book has really interested me - it has answered questions that I have picked up along the way (over 18 years in IT across various disciplines) and have never found the answers to!

Every chapter has a neat summary, project checklist, self-assessment exercise as well as a case study. There are also questions included, which means that this book can be used for group-learning and it also makes you think a little. A number of handy website references are also provided. Why I liked the case studies is that they dealt with reality - they listed some of the learnings and some of the failures and things that did not go quite as planned - really real - no layers, unlike Shrek.

What I particularly liked about the book is that it contrasts and compares some popular project management aspects. There is a comparison between the British (APM Body of Knowledge) and American (PMI Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge PMBOK). There is a comparison between the old and new organisation and the associated issues around these.

The comparisons don't stop there, this book explains and compares a number of methodologies, e.g. SSADM, RAD, etc and compares them to each other as well as provides handy checklists to assist in assessing whether a method will be suitable to a specific type of project or environment.

If you have heard some terminology or concepts used in IT and was confused or never really understood them - this is the book for you. Almost like a dictionary with explanations of IT terminology in terms of systems development!

PRINCE as a methodology for project management is used in order to explain how to manage the life cycle. In terms of estimation and risk analysis, the techniques of COCOMO and function point analysis is described. In terms of managing quality, ISO 9000, TickIT and CMM are discussed.

What made me sigh with relief was the fact that testing should be done early-on in the process was recognised throughout the book. It was not stated explicitly, but came through in some of the case studies as well as being listed as benefits or non-benefits if testing was not placed early on in a project.

For any project manager, this is a must. For any other IT person - a very handy reference book! I wish I had this book when I did project management & it has certainly filled in a couple of gaps for me!

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This book offers a clear and logical exposition of how to plan, organize and monitor projects effectively in order to deliver quality information systems within time, to budget and a high standard. This book is suitable for upper level undergraduates and postgraduates studying project management and information systems. Practicing managers will also find it to be a valuable tool in their work. Managing information systems projects requires more than technical knowledge and experience in information technology or computing. It also demands a firm understanding of the practical business nature and problems of projects. This book comprehensively addresses both the technical and practical issues arising from the IT project.

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