- Series: Best Practices in Portfolio, Program, and Project Management (Book 16)
- Hardcover: 366 pages
- Publisher: Auerbach Publications; 1 edition (December 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781482259483
- ISBN-13: 978-1482259483
- ASIN: 1482259486
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,190,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Project Scope Management: A Practical Guide to Requirements for Engineering, Product, Construction, IT and Enterprise Projects (Best Practices in Portfolio, Program, and Project Management) 1st Edition
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The book unites the best practices of scope management from the fields of traditional project management, information technology, software development, engineering, product development, architecture, construction, and multidisciplinary projects. It is based on the most advanced and popular works by prominent authors and contains the latest advances in project scope management. It also concentrates on the hands-on practicality of tools and techniques rather than focusing on their academic prominence. Best of all, Jamal’s book is easy to read and uses informal, nonacademic language to explain all the key points.
―R. Max Wideman, P. Eng., FCSCE, FEIC, FICE, FPMI, Vancouver, British Columbia
About the Author
Jamal Moustafaev, MBA, PMP, president and founder of Thinktank Consulting, is an internationally acclaimed expert in the areas of project/portfolio management, project scoping, process improvement, and corporate training. He has completed projects for private sector companies and government organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, including the US Department of Defense (USA), Siemens (Germany), Petronas Oil (Malaysia), and TeliaSonera (Sweden), to name a few.
Moustafaev is a certified Project Management Professional (PMPR). He holds an MBA in Finance and a BBA (Finance and Management Science) from Simon Fraser University. In addition to teaching a highly acclaimed Project Management Essentials course at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (Vancouver, Canada), Moustafaev also offers several project and portfolio management corporate seminars through his company:
- Practical Portfolio Management―Selecting and Managing the Right Projects
- Successful Hands-On Management of IT and Software Projects
- Successful Hands-On Management of Modern-Day Projects
- Project Scope Management
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The book is based on the author’s own rich experience of managing large scale multimillion projects which authors shares with his readers. The very practical exams from the real life – both successful and not – is a clear guide for a Project Manager, emphasizing the importance of paying the special attention to collecting, analyzing, formalizing ALL projects requirements and eventually concordance with the customer. The book describes Dos and Don’ts for a Project Manager and real consequences it may lead to.
I have read the book thoroughly and found it very useful for my own Project Manager practice.
Detailed scope identification is a cornerstone of a successful project, and it is the area many projects struggle with. It will equip PMs with valuable tools and techniques for engaging stakeholders, sourcing requirements, and managing scope creep.
Also as noted by other reviewers the book is easy to read. There are lots of books out there that describe project management in a very academic (=dry) fashion that successfully manage to further complicate things; it is, however, much more difficult to explain complicated concepts in a way that makes them easily understandable and turns them into practical ideas you can apply to your projects . And this is what the author achieved in this book.
I’m sure it will be very useful for junior and seasoned PMs alike no matter the industry. It is one of the best project management books and definitely the best one in scope management I’ve ever read. A must read!
Found the discussion of the requirements for the multidisciplinary projects very useful. As a project manager who frequently works on enterprise projects, it was very useful to see the possible outline for the multi-departmental requirements documents.
The author has a natural ability to explain complicated things in a very common and simple language!
Highly-recommended and definitely worth every dollar spent for it - good investment for self development!
Excellent book! I am a mechanical engineer with more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing and product development and I can attest to the fact that this is a very useful reference for how to elicit and document requirements on such projects.
Book Review: Project Scope Management by Jamal Moustafaev: A Practical Approach
Project Scope Management: A Practical Guide to Requirements for Engineering, Product, Construction, IT and Enterprise Projects by Jamal Moustafaev is a lovely hardcover book with an excellent and relevant cover. The cover is able to convey that it is mean for the project managers across the globe working on any kind of Engineering, Technology, Enterprise or Product related projects. In a nutshell, it promises to deliver a practical approach to Project Scope Management. A very useful and a must read for all project managers. The book was released in the last month of 2014 and hence is still not in focus for many project managers. It’s author Jamal Moustafaev is a well-known entity in the project management arena.
Project Scope Management: A Practical Guide to Requirements for Engineering, Product, Construction, IT and Enterprise Projects by Jamal Moustafaev focuses mainly on subjective customer requirements gathered at the time of business analysis. This as per the book could become the key factor in killing the project if the requirements are not clear, crisp and complete. This could frantically lead to important and critical omissions during product development and hence would cause ambiguous feature building of the product. According to Moustafaev if these factors:
- Customer requirements
- Product features
- user engagement
- subjective and impractical expectations of the customer
- unbalanced scope of a project
would in turn create a big disaster resulting into:
- overshot costs
- overrun deadlines
- poor quality of the product built
- customer dissatisfaction
- management’s bad reputation
These are the very basic fundamental and core areas of project scope that are touched upon in the book Project Scope Management: A Practical Guide to Requirements for Engineering, Product, Construction, IT and Enterprise Projects by Jamal Moustafaev in a very practical and guiding manner. In order to get out of this disaster, there is no way out unless some core touchpoints are taken care of right at the beginning of a project. An unclear requirement from customer will always lead to never-ending requirements coming up from the customer throughout the project so as to cover up the mistakes done at the beginning of the project. To handle such situations, a deep engagement of all stakeholders is very critical.
After highlighting the above key factors causing disaster in a project, the author guides explicitly the core focus areas in gathering project requirements and thereby defining the scope of the project. It emphasizes on verification and control mechanism on each and every step of the project so as to minimize the risks arising out of it at a later stage.
There is a lot more to learn in this 366 pages book Project Scope Management: A Practical Guide to Requirements for Engineering, Product, Construction, IT and Enterprise Projects by Jamal Moustafaev that no project manager can afford to miss.