Information Technology Project Management (with Microsoft Project 2007 CD-ROM) 6th Edition

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As a professor in the Department of Business Administration at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Dr. Kathy Schwalbe teaches courses in project management, problem solving for business, systems analysis and design, information systems projects, and strategic technology. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota, where she taught a graduate-level course in project management in the engineering department. A frequently requested speaker and consultant, Dr. Schwalbe provides training and consulting services to numerous organizations and addresses professionals at several conferences each year.
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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 6 edition (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0324786921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0324786927
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a newly retired college professor, author, consultant, and active PMI member, having served on the local and national levels. My first book, Information Technology Project Management, now in its seventh edition, sold over 250,000 copies and was translated into Chinese,Japanese, Russian, and Czech. I also have two other books, An Introduction to Project Management, now in its fifth edition, published in July 2015, and Healthcare Project Management, written in 2013 with Dan Furlong. My first full-time job was as a project manager in the Air Force in the early eighties. Before entering academia in 1991, I also worked on various projects at Boeing and Clark Oil. I enjoy teaching project management as a consultant now, writing books and articles, and taking time to enjoy life. I just took up windsurfing at age 56! See www.kathyschwalbe.com for more information.

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Harinath Thummalapalli on August 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
As one can guess from the price, this book is geared to be used as a text book in a University setting. But almost anyone will find this book extremely useful because the book occupies a unique niche in the market on Project Management books.
There are several project management books out in the market that mostly fall into the following categories - General Project Management, Advanced Project Management, PMP Exam Preparation, and PM Software books. The problem I have had with these books is that there are very few that address IT Project Management and even fewer that use Case Studies throughout. I am in IT Project Management and absolutely require Case Studies to learn any subject thoroughly. Especially a practical subject like Project Management.
This book is perfect for an IT Project Manager because it - covers basic project principles, incorporates the IT view on every topic, has plenty of exercises to prepare for a PM exam (like the PMP or CompTIA's ITProject+), has a very decent section on using Microsoft Project 2000, a 120 day trial version of MS Project 2000 software in case you don't have it, plenty of mini case studies, a real-world running case study of the Northwest Airlines' ResNet project, and an excellent reference list at the end of each chapter. It is clear that the book was aimed at being the perfect reference for any IT Project Manager.
The only downside of this book is that it is very light on all the topics and does not address any advanced topics. But that would have doubled the number of pages in the book and potential been a turn-off to anyone new to the subject. It might not have appealed to an Intermediate level Project Manager either. So I don't feel that this is such a big downside and is actually a positive.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By cindy.dawson@diversified.com on September 29, 1999
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By studying the Project Management processes in this book, I passed my PMP exam! A wealth of information is contained in this structured text. The concepts are easy to understand, and the real-life examples are enjoyable to read. Every Project Manager should have this book to use as a reference. All IT professionals would benefit by the author's knowledge and expertise. Helpful ideas are jumping off the pages!
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Linda Zarate on June 30, 2001
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This book is a truly valuable resource if you meet all of the following criteria: (1) you are either a Project Management Professional (PMP), which is a certification bestowed by the Project Management Institute to individuals who meet rigorous screening qualifications for education and experience and successfully pass a comprehensive examination based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), or are seeking the PMP certification, and (2) you or your organization primarily uses Microsoft Project.
For those PMPs and PMP candidates who use other tools this book will still be valuable, but not to the degree it is for the first group.
The book's key strengths are: it completely adheres to the PMBOK, takes a teaching approach, and starts with a case study that is used and expanded as each of the nine PMBOK process areas are introduced and explained. This is a powerful approach to teaching because the PMBOK process areas are introduced in sequence and the exercises at the end of each chapter reinforces the material presented in that chapter. For Microsoft Project users this book also teaches some advanced techniques with that package, and does so in a manner that is wholly consistent with the PMBOK. Moreover, it takes into account the unique challenges imposed by IS projects. As an added bonus the accompanying CD ROM comes with a copy of Microsoft Project 2000 that is fully functional for a 120-day trial period (Appendix A also is a quick guide to this software).
Weaknesses: Many IS shops have development methodologies, such as the Rational Unified Process, in place. Although most methodologies, including the Rational Unified Process, can be aligned to the PMBOK this book does not address how to do this in any detail.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eric G. Wilkinson on December 1, 2001
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I used this book as a study guide for the CompTIA IT Project+ exam. I passed the exam. This book is very well structured, organized, and well written. However, it is only a fundamentals overview of IT project management: experienced project managers might find it a good review, but this book would likely fall short of providing you with all the tools necessary to practically implement good project management. Fortunately, the book is riddled with references to provide you with sources of further study. Also, this book only briefly touches on concepts specific to software development. This book is really a general project management book with most of the examples taken from the world of IT, and only a few IT specific concepts.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Hudson on September 14, 2007
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Information Technology Project Management is the first book any technical project manager should read. It does a great job of laying out the challenges and tools of technical PM. It provides practical common sense examples as well as good historical anecdotes. This book has no fluff and no superfluous chapters, it's all meat. Even if you have been doing PM for years, this book has something to offer.

Reading and understanding this book cover to cover will get you half way to your PMP certification. You will need to get a PMBOK or a PMP study guide and spend another 2 - 3 months of study. But this book is absolutely the right place to start.
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