Features templates, tools, guidelines, program management expertise based on solid industrial research conducted in Finland.
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Authors: Pekka Forselius, Carol Dekkers, Matti Kosonen, and Matti Karvinen
Reviews By: Various International Project Management Experts
“I compliment the authors to bring the essence of managing software projects in a most lucid way.”
— Adesh Jain, president, PMA, India, and Chairman, Council of Delegates, IPMA
“The authors have articulated the central dichotomy of software project management today: software intensive systems are both complex and dynamic and different types of projects need different kinds of management. Successful project managers need to understand the different types of projects and the options available to ride the wave of continual change and evolution. Balancing complexity and change in a diverse set of business environments is an ongoing challenge.” — Mark C. Paulk, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
“The profession and practices of project management are growing in all industries globally. This book provides the tools needed by the information and communications technologies segment to continue their maturation in the use of good project management practices required to improve their overall performance.”
— Dennis Bolles, PMP, DLB Associates, LLC, Project Business Management Consulting
“This book is all you need to find your unique toolkit of practical instructions together with useful templates that you can apply on your own systems development programs. The toolkit includes extended coverage on how to analyze the characteristics of a program with hybrid parts and divide it into manageable self-content projects concentrating only on certain types of change and problem management. Easy step-by- step structure offers straight forward guidance for project planning, progress reports and final reports by industry and type of systems engineering projects. An established systematic approach presented by Forselius et all. assists both customers and suppliers in getting mutual understanding with well articulated, documented, and measured systems requirements. This simple method, along with a risk analysis tool to aid the program steering committee, helps both acquirers and suppliers of software intensive products and services benefit from time-to-market delivery and avoidance of payment for unnecessary rework. This edition includes updated references and emerging in 2008 concepts in the area of software and systems development including advances in the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) project management body of knowledge (PMBOK).”
— Oksana Schubert, Former visiting scientist at SEI, Director of Consulting Services, Quality Plus Technologies, Inc.
“Complex projects are not new. But as projects and project management have increased in technology industries in recent years, complex projects in those sectors have also grown in number, size and complexity. This is especially true in organizations dealing with complex systems, systems of systems and systems involving multiple integrated software development activities. This trend is growing rapidly, placing additional stress on the management of such organizations, programs and projects. Additional perspectives and solutions for these types of projects are needed. The research and guidance developed in Finland, and now the English translation, will provide an important addition to the PM literature for managing complex projects. This is very useful information!”
— David L. Pells, Managing Editor, www.pmforum.org, www.pmworldtoday.net, President, PMForum, Inc.
”This book is concise and easy to read. The practices and tools offered are relatively simple and easy to adopt but scalable and applicable to ICT programs ranging from new product development to service provisioning. Because of their extensive industrial experiences in ICT program management, the authors have been able to focus on the issues that should have the highest priority for managers and other practitioners involved with managing software intensive systems.”
— Timo Käkölä, Senior Research Scholar of the Academy of Finland, School of Information Systems and Technology, Claremont Graduate University, U.S.A