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Information Technology Project Management, Fourth Edition 4th Edition

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About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 677 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology; 4 edition (March 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0619215267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0619215262
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,381,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ewomack TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 23, 2005
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This book gives a good overview of the project management process in general with a focus on Information Technology projects. Though structured like a textbook (and obviously intended as one) the general reader, or someone studying for the PMP exam, could also benefit from the information in this text. Regardless, the book probably functions best as a course text (mostly due to the college textbook price). Each chapter includes definitions, discussion questions, exercises, and suggested readings. And a running case study that simulates real-world use of the principles introduced in each chapter pervades the book's 12 chapters. These cases help bring the material to life and animate the sometimes inevitably dry subject matter of project management.

The structure of the book follows the nine Project Management Knowledge Areas introduced in Chapter 1: Management of Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resources, Communications, Risk, and Procurement. Each knowledge area receives a detailed chapter of its own (which, in a few places, leads to repetition in the text). The emphasis here, understandably, remains on documentation of IT projects and meeting expectations of stakeholders or customers. Though each chapter briefly discusses the use of software tools for each Knowledge Area, and Appendix A introduces the basic functionality of Microsoft Project 2003.

Techies thinking of making the leap to Project Management will likely benefit most from the Cost and Comunication chapters (though all chapters contain useful information). Programmers and Architects don't typically engage in financial analysis, but Project Managers absolutely must know these money-based terms, tools, and techniques to do their jobs. Not only that, communication often gets taken for granted in IT shops (i.e.
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This book provides an excellent overview of the necessary skill set and processes involved in IT Project Management. Starting with the triple constraint of Project Scope, Time and Cost, you'll learn from real-world examples and case studies what has worked for others.

The next section covers management skills required to work with your team to complete successful projects. The final third part of this book will walk you through every phase of a real-world case study, from initiating and planning a project, to executing and controlling your plan and finally closing a successful project.

Whether you intend to get a job as an IT Project Manager, or you are a self-employed IT consultant or developer, this book will get your feet set on the right path.

As an added bonus, this book may be the only book you need to learn the basics of working with Microsoft Project (depending on the depth you need to know this software). I find myself using Project for personal projects with many milestones and tasks; not just for work-related IT projects.

Finally, if you are looking to earn your CompTIA Project+, this is the book you need. It is also a good study aid in going on to earn your PMP Certification from PMI. The information in this book is very up-to-date.

My only complaint is the price. Like most college textbooks, the price is too high for the knowledge contained within. This book is very good, but it is no better than what could be found in a comparable book priced below $50.

A very good detailed overview of IT Project Management skills and tools that comes at an arrogant price.
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Kathy Schwalbe has done a very good job with this book, which while mainly designed as a college text would also be a good read of IT specialists looking to move into PM, as well as those looking to take the PMP certification. The general PM principles of scope, time, cost, quality, HR resource, communication, procurement, and integration management are all given a full 40+ pages. The book concludes with a guide to using Microsoft Project 2003 (the fifth edition now available focuses on Project 2007), and a section on passing the PMP.

I used this text for my first undergraduate IT/Project Management class, and was very satisfied. It was a great introduction to PM with a bias towards IT and technology. However, experienced PM's will probably not find anything new here.

All in all, a very good introductory text that is informative and relatively easy to read.
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As mentioned received brand new, sealed with CDs. Loved this purchase. Highly recommend the seller.
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This book was required for a college class. I would not have bought it if it was not required. Very dry reading and not really to the point.
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Looks like a great book, among all options, I decided for this one as the best once it has many topics that I need for my studies. However, how can I read the book or tell if it fulfills my expectations if I haven't received the book? When I ordered the book at the beginning of the semester I was told it will take most of the common time to be shipped, but more than two months later and most of the semester gone and haven't received!
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I used this book as the accredited book for my project management course in my master study, actually it is a great book, I did not get enough time to read it all, but it really covers all the project managemnt subtitles, I recommend it for those who have project management experience, and also for those who just need to know something about project manegment, but you make sure you have time to read, it is not a small before sleep book, it is really technical one.
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