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Mastering IT Project Management

Mastering IT Project Management

Best Practices, Tools and Techniques
By Murali Chemuturi
Hardcover, 6 x 9, 384 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-078-5
July 2013

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Mastering IT Project Management is the definitive source of knowledge for managing all phases of IT infrastructure projects. Despite my decades of experience, this resource discusses several areas that I never considered and would have helped many of my projects go much smoother. This is a must read and heed!” —Robert C. Anderson, Director, Process Development & Quality Assurance, Computer Aid Inc.

Mastering IT Project Management provides a full spectrum, step-by-step, how-to approach that arms both novices and gurus with best practices, tools, and techniques that allow them to emerge victorious.”—Pat O’Toole, CMMI High Maturity Lead Appraiser

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In previous years, setting up IT infrastructure involved just the preparation of the data center. It has become much more complex and evolved today. The infrastructure includes not only the data center facility, but also the entire organization by providing internet connectivity to customers, vendors, and company executives on the move. Mastering IT Project Management is the first book to detail how to create IT infrastructure rather than simply describe how to manage the IT function or software development. This unique and comprehensive reference covers all aspects needed to successfully manage this type of project in an organization.
Key Features
  • Outlines a process-based approach for setting up effective IT infrastructures in organizations
  • Provides a thorough discussion on conducting a feasibility study for setting up IT infrastructure, sizing of IT components, and quality assurance
  • Explains numerous management concepts, decision making, people management, problem resolution, cash management and stakeholder expectation management
  • Covers planning, scheduling, executing, controlling and project closure
  • Gives insights into industry best practices and the common pitfalls in setting up an IT infrastructure
  • WAV offers a downloadable sample schedule for a typical IT project, numerous planning, managing and reporting templates, and a personal effectiveness software tool—available from the Web Added ValueTM Download Resource Center at www.jrosspub.com

  • About the Author(s)
    Murali Chemuturi is a project management, information technology and software development subject matter expert, hands-on programmer, author, consultant and trainer. In 2001, he formed Chemuturi Consultants which offers information technology and software development consulting and training to organizations in the United States and India. He has over 15 years of engineering experience and more than 26 years of IT and software development experience. His most recent position prior to forming his own firm was Vice President of Software Development at Vistaar e-Business Pvt., Ltd. Mr. Chemuturi earned undergraduate degrees in both Electrical and Industrial Engineering, an MBA, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Methods & Programming. Chemuturi also has several years of academic teaching experience and has taught a variety of computer & IT courses such as COBOL, Fortran, BASIC, Computer Architecture, and Database Management Systems. Murali is a well published author in professional journals and has authored three highly regarded books. In 2009, Mr. Chemuturi wrote his first book, Software Estimation Best Practices, Tools, & Techniques, and followed with two other equally successful books in 2010, Mastering Software Project Management and Mastering Software Quality Assurance. Mr. Chemuturi remains active in professional societies as well. He is a senior member of IEEE, a senior member of the Computer Society of India, and a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Industrial Engineering.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1–Introduction to IT Project Management
    Components of IT Infrastructure
    Classification of Organizations
    Understanding Project Management
    Activities to be Performed in an IT Project
    Phases of an IT Project
    Types of IT Projects
    Distinction of IT Projects from Other Projects

    Chapter 2–Approaches to IT Project Management
    Project Management Approaches
    Ad Hoc Methods-Based Project Management
    Process Driven Approach to Project Management
    Schedule-Driven Approach
    Hybrid of Ad Hoc and Process-Driven Approach
    What Is the Right Approach for Project Management? 
    Is the Process-Driven Approach Right for You? 
    What Process and How Much? 

    Chapter 3–Feasibility Study and Project Acquisition
    Do We Need a Feasibility Study in These Days? 
    The First Decision—In-House or Outsource the Study? 
    Steps in Conducting the Feasibility Study
    Project Approval
    Strategies for Executing the IT Projects
    Project Acquisition

    Chapter 4–Sizing of IT Components
    Introduction to Sizing
    Software First or Hardware? 
    Availability of the System
    Sizing of the Server
    Power Requirements
    Software Sizing

    Chapter 5–Planning in IT Project Management
    Definition of Planning
    Types of Plans Prepared by Software Project Management
    Quality Control of Planning
    Scaling of Planning in IT Project Management
    Funds Flow Planning

    Chapter 6–Project Execution
    Procurement of Hardware
    Procurement of System Software
    Preparation of Specifications and Acquisition of Application Software
    Finalize Subcontractors
    Receive and Deploy Servers
    Receive Networking Hardware and Build the Communication Network
    Receive and Deploy the System Software
    Prepare Master Data
    Receive and Deploy Application Software
    Define Systems and Procedures for Running the Operations
    Recruiting and Training Personnel for Operations
    Procure Consumables for the Initial Operation
    Contract/Contractor Management
    Setup Configuration Management Process
    Train End Users in Operating the System
    Conduct Trial Runs
    Changeover to New System
    Initiate Maintenance When Would All These Actions Be Taken? How about Quality Control? 

    Chapter 7–Project Control in IT Project Management
    Schedule Control
    Cost Control
    Quality Control
    Productivity Control
    Tools and Techniques for Project Control
    Progress Monitoring Meetings
    Earned Value Analysis

    Chapter 8 – Cash Management
    Elements of Cash Management
    Cash Management

    Chapter 9–Quality Assurance in IT Project Management
    Environment Conducive to Quality
    Organizational Process
    Standards and Guidelines
    Measurement and Metrics
    Validation Audits

    Chapter 10–Project Closure
    When Does a Project Really Close? 
    Project Closure Activities
    Documentation of Best Practices
    Documenting the Lessons Learned from the Project
    Collect, Derive, and Deposit the Final Project Metrics
    Conduct a Knowledge-Sharing Meeting with Peer Project Managers
    Deposit the Project Records with the PMO
    Project Postmortem
    Performance Appraisals of the Project Team
    Release of the Project Manager
    Close the Project
    Organizational Role in Project Closure

    Chapter 11–Pitfalls and Best Practices in Project Management
    Organizational-Level Pitfalls in Project Management
    Pitfalls and Best Practices at the PM Level

    Appendix A–Management for Project Managers
    Appendix B–Decision Making for Project Managers
    Appendix C–People Management
    Appendix D–Introduction to PERT/CPM
    Appendix E–Problem Resolution
    Appendix F–Stakeholder Expectation Management
    Appendix G–Scheduling
    Appendix H–Abbreviations
    Appendix I–Templates for IT Project Management

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