How to Cheat at IT Project Management

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Elsevier, Oct 21, 2005 - Computers - 416 pages
This book is written with the IT professional in mind. It provides a clear, concise system for managing IT projects, regardless of the size or complexity of the project. It avoids the jargon and complexity of traditional project management (PM) books. Instead, it provides a unique approach to IT project management, combining strategic business concepts (project ROI, strategic alignment, etc.) with the very practical, step-by-step instructions for developing and managing a successful IT project. It’s short enough to be easily read and used but long enough to be comprehensive in the right places.

* Essential information on how to provide a clear, concise system for managing IT projects, regardless of the size or complexity of the project
* As IT jobs are outsourced, there is a growing demand for project managers to manage outsourced IT projects
* Companion Web site for the book provides dozens of working templates to help readers manage their own IT projects

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I bought this book after getting my PMP in 2009 and still read it today. It is one of the several books in my library or tool kit. It is the best book I have read on project management that not only covers the technical aspect of management but the soft side of managing people, teams, politics, power, perceptions, work styles,strategies and influence. I am a die hard Stephen Covey fan working in a world of IT and his books and now Susan's have been a significant help in developing and leveraging not only my project management strengths but my soft people skills as well. It has propelled me to my current role of Director. This book is clear and concise and touches upon all of the challenges of IT project management. Thank you Susan for an excellent book. 


Chapter 2 Whats Corporate Strategy Got To Do With IT?
Chapter 3 Navigating Corporate Politics
Chapter 4 Managing the IT Project Team
Chapter 5 Defining IT Projects
Chapter 6 Organizing IT Projects
Chapter 7 Quality From the Ground Up
Chapter 8 Forming the IT Project Team
Chapter 9 Planning IT Projects
Chapter 10 Managing IT Projects
Chapter 11 Tracking IT Projects
Chapter 12 Closing Out IT Projects

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Susan Snedaker, currently Director of IT and Information Security Officer at a large community hospital in Arizona, which has achieved HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 (EMR) certification and has been voted 100 Most Wired Hospitals two years in a row. Susan has over 20 years’ experience working in IT in both technical and executive positions including with Microsoft, Honeywell, and VirtualTeam Consulting. Her experience in executive roles has honed her extensive strategic and operational experience in managing data centers, core infrastructure, hardware, software and IT projects involving both small and large teams. Susan holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelors degree in Management. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information Management Systems (CPHIMS), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and was previously certified as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). Susan also holds a certificate in Advanced Project Management from Stanford University and an Executive Certificate in International Management from Thunderbird University’s Garvin School of International Management. She is the author of six books and numerous chapters on a variety of technical and IT subjects.

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