Managing High-Technology Programs and Projects

“It is by far the most comprehensive, practical and easy to understand reference book on project management principles that I have seen to date.” Jeb Riordan, Editor, PROJECT magazine.

“Managing High-Technology Programs and Projects is unique among project management literature. It is not an academic treatise, a folksy, first-person narrative or a consolidated collection of related, previously published articles.

It is a unified presentation of forward-thinking principles and practices that bridge senior executives, project managers and project teams and define an integrated path to improved project management performance and success.” Kenneth H. Rose, PMI Book Review Editor, PMI PMNetwork July 2003 p 67.

As before, author Russell Archibald has produced a valuable work of reference, elaborating on and clarifying many aspects of his earlier writings.

As the cover jacket says ‘A complete, practical, and proven approach to managing large-scale projects with emphasis on those involving advanced technology.’ R. Max Wideman, PMI Fellow and past PMI Chairman.

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A totally revised and updated new edition of the bestselling project management resource, Managing High-Technology Programs and Projects, Third Edition includes the latest information on the most important issues within the project management field. Seasoned project manager Russell Archibald offers a unified, practical, and proven methodology for organizing and managing all types of complex programs and projects. Archibald covers every aspect of project management–from basic principles to specific details.
Part I  . . .
offers a guide to program and project management that informs senior executives and project managers about the overarching principles and practices that directly affect their responsibilities and performance. It discusses different types of programs and projects and how to organize the project management function and the project management office (PMO).
In addition, Part I presents comprehensive information on team building and other human aspects of project management and offers strategies for overcoming barriers to success. Part I also includes checklists that are designed to help senior executives achieve continued improvement and development of their organizations’ project management capabilities.
Part II . . .
covers specific projects, discusses how to organize project offices and teams, and explains every element in the required planning and control system. From start-up to close-out, readers will learn everything they need to know to ensure the on-time, on-budget completion of any project. It also covers all the techniques used to effectively evaluate and direct the project.
This better-than-ever resource has been completely revised and includes entirely new chapters to highlight all the changes that the practice of project management has undergone in recent years, including:
* The advent of the Internet and the improvement in management
capabilities and performance it has brought
* Linking strategic growth management of the organization with project management through the project portfolio management process
* All new and improved project management methods and tools and effective ways to implement them
* The growing importance of the project management function within organizations
* Recognition that projects must be managed on an integrated life-cycle basis from concept through all their phases to post-completion
* More powerful project management software applications
* Wider use of formalized risk analysis and tracking methods
Managing High-Technology Programs and Projects, Third Edition is the definitive book on managing high-tech initiatives. It presents a comprehensive look at the business of project management and offers special emphasis on those vital projects involving advanced technology.
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An invaluable resource for project managers, Managing High-Technology Programs and Projects, Third Edition covers every aspect of project management for today’s high-tech business world. It offers proven methodologies and professional guidance for managing any project or program from start to finish. Completely updated, revised, and improved to keep up with the changing world of project management, it covers all the new technologies and methodologies project managers rely on for success. Readers will find step-by-step coverage of these topics, and more:
* New advances in information technology
* New techniques, tools, and methodologies
* Understanding the project or program you are working on
* Organizing the project management function
* Setting up the project team and building project commitment
* Starting up a project rapidly and efficiently
* Managing multiple projects
* Selecting project planning and scheduling software packages
* Conducting in-progress evaluations and providing project direction
* Finishing the project on time, within budget, and according to
Part I Executive Guide to Program and Project Management
1. Executive Overview of Project Management
2. Programs and Projects
3. Improving Project Managament Capabilities
4. Integrative Roles in Project Management
5. Integrative and Predictive Project Planning and Control
6. Project Team and Key Human Aspects of Project Management
7. Organizing the Project Management Function and Office
8. Managing Project Portfolios, Programs, and Multiple Projects
Part II Managing Specific Projects
9. Organizing the Individual Project Office and Project Team
10. Planning and Initiating Projects
11. Project Team Planning and Project Start-Up
12. Authorizing and Controlling the Work, Schedule, and Costs
13. Project Interface Management
14. Evaluating, Directing, and Closing Out the Project
Integrated Scope, Schedule, Resource, Financial, and Risk Management for Projects