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Microsoft Project 2000 trial plus tools and templates on CD-ROM
Accurately estimate and track costs and resources
Proven tools to keep your project on schedule and within budget! Whether you're a seasoned programmer or new to the software industry, this book-and-software kit provides just what you need to keep your project on target. Combining friendly, real-world advice with state-of-the-art project-management software, this one-of-a-kind guide walks you through planning, development, testing, and implementation and leads you step-by-step to success. all this on the bonus CD-ROM Trial versions of Microsoft Project 2000 (for plans, schedules, and Gantt charts), Soffront TRACK (for defect tracking), and Cost Xpert (for cost and resource estimation) Exclusive templates for Microsoft Project, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and more PC running windows 95 or later. See the CD Appendix for details and complete system requirements.
Discover how to: Put your project on the path to success Manage tasks, resources, and progress with Microsoft Project Stay on top of builds, bugs, and betas Implement Software Quality Assurance (SQA) testing Build customer-care programs
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Manage scope creep and keep your project on schedule
Get the scoop on managing time, cost, people, risk, quality, and integration
Congratulations — you're now in charge of managing software projects! Before you reach for the antacid, reach for this book. It's packed with advice to help you identify the project's purpose, build a team, handle qualitative analysis, estimate resources, communicate with everybody, manage the project from start to finish, and deliver just what your client ordered.
Discover how to
- Write a product description
- Balance time, cost, scope, and quality
- Prepare a risk response plan
- Track and communicate project performance
- Manage conflicts
One of the ever-popular "for dummies" series targeted exclusively at project managers in the software industry. Learn how to keep your project on a path to success; use Microsoft Project to manage tasks, resources, and progress; keep control of builds, bugs, and beta releases; apply Software Quality Assurance (SQA) testing; and create customer-care programs. Includes a CD with trial versions of Microsoft "RM" Project 2000 for plans, schedules, and Gantt charts; Soffront TRACK for defect tracking; Cost Xpert for estimating cost and resources; and templates for Microsoft "RM" Project, Word, Excel, and others.
A handy reference, containing step-by-step instructions which reveal how to use project-management tools to, quickly and easily, create successful software-development projects on schedule and under budget.
The seasoned programmer and novice alike find this reference the ideal resource for getting a project off to the right start. Friendly, practical advice is combined with the latest software in this ...For Dummies
edition. Follow your expert guide through planning, development, testing, and implementation -- the first steps to your project's success. Then get your hands on scheduling, assigning resources and estimating costs, and best of all, making your software happen.
The book's CD-ROM includes trial versions of Microsoft Project 2000, Soffrant TRACK, and Cost Xpert as well as templates and a wealth of other planning tools.
- The increase in project outsourcing has forced traditional programmers to take on the role of project managers and quickly learn how to manage software projects
- The author discusses all of the essentials in widely accepted project management methodology, from managing programmers to assessing and eliminating risk
- The book covers the iterative development model, using Microsoft Project 2003, as well as a variety of methodologies including eXtreme, open source, SQA testing, software life cycle management, and more
- The companion Web site contains tools, case studies and other resources to help even novices get up and running
About the Author
was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the eighth of twelve children. She earned the degree of Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern Indiana, with a major in Education. She earned her teaching endorsements in Computer Education and Mathematics from the University of Indianapolis and thoroughly enjoyed teaching (and learning from) junior high students for several years. After deciding to expand her horizons beyond the teaching profession, she pursued her interests in information systems and project management while working at hospitals in Indianapolis, and then moved on to a consulting firm, where she now works as a manager implementing healthcare systems. Teresa earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, where she served as co-class president with her husband, David. She is just shy of completing her Master of Science in New Media at Indiana University School of Informatics. One of these days—soon—she hopes to finish that degree so that she can maintain her reputation as a life-long learner.
Teresa earned her Project Management Professional Certification through the Project Management Institute in 2001 and continues to maintain her certification. She enjoys contributing to the field of project management, particularly with regard to healthcare software.
Joseph Phillips,PMP, Project+, is the Director of Education for Project Seminars. He has managed and consulted on projects for various industries, including technical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and architectural, among others.
Phillips has served as a project management consultant for organizations creating project offices, maturity models, and best-practice standardization.
As a leader in adult education, Phillips has taught organizations how to successfully implement project management methodologies, information technology project management, risk management, and other courses.
Phillips has taught courses at Columbia College, University of Chicago, Indiana University, and others. He is a Certified Technical Trainer and has taught over 10,000 professionals. Phillips has contributed as an author or editor to more than 30 books on technology, careers, and project management.
Phillips is a member of the Project Management Institute and is active in local project management chapters. He has spoken on project management, project management certifications, and project methodologies at numerous trade shows, PMI chapter meetings, and employee conferences. When not writing, teaching, or consulting, Phillips can be found behind a camera or on the working end of a fly rod. You can contact Phillips through www.projectseminars.com.
Table of Contents
Part I: Starting Your Software Project.
Chapter 1: Examining the Big Picture of Project Management.
Chapter 2: Initiating a Software Project.
Chapter 3: Creating the Software Scope.
Part II: Planning Your Software Project.
Chapter 4: Planning for Communications.
Chapter 5: Planning for Software Project Risks.
Chapter 6: Planning for Software Quality.
Chapter 7: Building the Project Team.
Chapter 8: Creating Project Time Estimates.
Chapter 9: Building Your Project Budget.
Part III: Executing Your Software Project Plan.
Chapter 10: Working the Project Plan.
Chapter 11: Working with Project People.
Chapter 12: Procuring Goods and Services.
Part IV: Controlling Your Software Project.
Chapter 13: Managing Changes to the Software Project.
Chapter 14: Using Earned Value Management in Software Projects.
Chapter 15: Tracking Project Performance.
Part V: Closing Your Software Project.
Chapter 16: Finalizing the Project Management Processes.
Chapter 17: Documenting Your Software Project.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Make Your Software Project Crash and Burn.
Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Make Any Software Project Better.
Appendix: Formal Project Management Training and Certification.