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Effective Software Project Management (Wiley Desktop Editions) 1st Edition

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From the Back Cover

Why another book on software project management?

For some time, the fields of project management, computer science, and software development have been growing rapidly and concurrently. Effective support for the enterprise demands the merging of these efforts into a coordinated discipline, one that incorporates best practices from both systems development and project management life cycles. Robert K. Wysocki creates that discipline in this book—a ready reference for professionals and consultants as well as a textbook for students of computer information systems and project management.

By their very nature, software projects defy a "one size fits all" approach. In these pages you will learn to apply best-practice principles while maintaining the flexibility that's essential for successful software development.

Learn how to make the planning process fit the need

  • Understand how and why software development must be planned on a certainty-to-uncertainty continuum
  • Categorize your projects on a four-quadrant model
  • Learn when to use each of the five SDPM strategies—Linear, Incremental, Iterative, Adaptive, and Extreme
  • Explore the benefits of each strategic model and what types of projects it supports best
  • Recognize the activities that go into the Scoping, Planning, Launching, Monitoring/Controlling, and Closing phases of each strategy
  • Apply this knowledge to the specific projects you manage
  • Get a clear picture of where you are and how to get where you want to go

About the Author

ROBERT K. WYSOCKI, PHD, is a veteran consultant, trainer, and information systems manager with more than 40 years in the field. He is the author of the bestselling Effective Project Management: Traditional, Adaptive, Extreme, Third Edition (Wiley) and 13 other books. His client list includes AT&T, Eli Lilly & Co., the Czechoslovakian government, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.


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Product Details

  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions
  • Paperback: 618 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764596365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764596360
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

My entire professional life has been focused on project management in one way or another. First as a practitioner starting in 1963. PMI wouldn't arrive on the scene until 1969 and so I was on my own. As a result I'm self-taught and all of my books have grown out of my practice of the profession. I grew up to be a consultant, then a trainer, and now an author. I'm currently writing my 22nd book tentatively titled "A Practical Enterprise-level Project Management Model." My signature book is "Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme." Now in its 6th edition it is used in over 300 colleges and universities worldwide and is also a best seller in the professional reference market. Being a best-seller in those very different markets is unique. All of my books are theoretically sound and PMBOK compliant but they grew out of my own personal experiences as a project management consultant. I hope you enjoy the practical nature of what I have learned and have shared about the practice of project management.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jose Papo on April 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
Many project managers read the PMBOK and received Project Management training. Then they came to manage software development projects. They began to use their new PM tools and, still, many of them failed miserably! The book "Software Project Secrets" by George Stepanek explained why.

This book aims to fill a gap in the software development arena. It?s really the first book which have the goal to set out strategies for the integration of project management and systems development approaches (and the solution to the problem explained in the firt paragraph).

Dr. Wysocky gives 5 SDPM strategies:

- Linear

- Incremental

- Iterative

- Adaptive (taken from Dr. Wisocki book called "Effective Project Management, 3rd Edition" which I read also)

- Extreme

Each strategy have 7 chapters which mostly follows the PMBOK processes. For example: Iterative SDPM Strategy (a summary of the other chapters), The Iterative SDPM Scoping Phase, The Iterative SDPM Planning Phase, The Iterative SDPM Launching Phase, The Iterative SDPM Monitoring and Controlling Phase, The Iterative SDPM Closing Phase, The Iterative SDPM Strategy Summary.

For someone like me, who already read a lot of agile software development and agile project management books, little is really new stuff. But I will benefit a lot from this book, mainly because will be a good reference to teach my students and team members about good software project management.

There are some things which I believe could result in an even more complete book (maybe in the next edition) and which resulted in my 4 stars review.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Suresh Chanmugam on October 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have taken many courses in project management who's techniques are more geared towards defined or construction style projects and so are most books out there in the market, this book is a refreshing departure from the norm as it integrates SDLC (s) both traditional and modern with project management processes. The author gives good insight in choosing the appropriate SDLC for a given situation and then elaborates for the chosen SDLC how to set expectations, milestones and deliverables for: requirements, WBS, cost, stakeholders etc. The book does a good job at conveying the essence of the SDLC(s) and Project Management techniques however, depending on your background, I recommend that you read two books, one on SDLC (Craig Larman's Agile & Iterative development ISBN 0131111558) and the other on Project Management (Kathy Schwalbe's Information Technology Project Management ISBN: 0619215267) prior to reading this book.

This book tends to be more on the soft side of project management, which is important, however to give good balance I feel that the next edition could add more hardcore techniques and metrics. All in all, a very useful book for team leads, analysts, and managers involved in Software Development.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on August 11, 2006
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Software is hard to manage. As I write this, the new Vista operating system from Microsoft has just been delayed again. If Microsoft can't manage a software project to get it on schedule, who could.

This book makes the statement that the disciplines of software development and project management are converging. That the techniques that have been developed and refined in the project management area over recent years have reached a point where the uncertainty inherent in software projects can be accommodated.

The book is written as a comprehensive reference for professional software development project managers, and for those who aspire to that profession. The main thrust of the book is the development of a body of knowledge he calls SDPM (Software Development Project Management). The book is by no means a manual on the Agile software system, but it does discuss Agile and its function in SDPM.

This is a pioneering book that brings some sense into the software development arena.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Franck J. Gerard on October 10, 2006
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In a few words, this book belongs in the library of anyone who claims to be a project manager! Dr. Wysocki's perspective represents the "avant-garde" of software development research and thinking. The content is: highly relevant - wonderfully practical - immediately applicable. I am a Project Manager consultant and instructor and this material has already made a difference in how I approach projects and how I communicate about project management... "A must-read!" Franck J. Gerard of Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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