Information Technology Project Management, Revised

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Cengage Learning, Jul 22, 2010 - Computers - 704 pages
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Information is traveling faster and being shared by more individuals than ever before. Information Technology Project Management, REVISED Sixth Edition offers the behind-the-scene aspect of technology. Although project management has been an established field for many years, managing information technology requires ideas and information that go beyond standard project management. By weaving together theory and practice, this text presents an understandable, integrated view of the many concepts skills, tools, and techniques involved in project management. Because the project management field and the technology industry change rapidly, you cannot assume that what worked even five years ago is still the best approach today. This text provides up-to-date information on how good project management and effective use of software can help you manage projects, especially information technology projects. Information Technology Project Management, REVISED Sixth Edition, is still the only textbook to apply all nine project management knowledge areas: project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resource, communications, risk, and procurement management. Also all five process groups: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing to information technology projects. MS Project 2010 CD comes with the Revised 6e of Schwalbe.
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This is the worst book ever written. Talk about lack of organizational skills. I don't think there isn't a page that doesn't reference to another chapter. Let me show you one paragraph: "In addition to providing the basis for estimating activity durations, estimating activity resources provides vital information for project cost estimating (Chapter 7), project human resource management (Chapter 9), project communications management (chapter 10), project risk management (Chapter 11), and project communciations management (Chapter 12)." No kidding, that is in Chapter 6 page 222. Are they kidding? I am learning about activities durations, why do I care what is in the other chapters right then? And if I really wanted to know that, I could simply go to the table of contents, right? This book made me lose complete interest in this class. I LOVED the idea of project management. This book squashed it. It's continual references to other chapters made reading this like watching paint dry. Sorry to the writer, but you need better organizational skills.  

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About the author (2010)

Kathy Schwalbe, Ph.D., PMP, is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Business Administration at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, where she primarily taught courses in project management and problem solving for business. Dr. Schwalbe's first job out of college was as a project manager/officer in the Air Force. She worked for 10 years in industry (Air Force, Boeing, and Clark Oil) before entering academia in 1991. Dr. Schwalbe is an active member of PMI, having served as the Student Chapter Liaison for the Minnesota chapter, VP of Education for the Minnesota chapter, Editor of the ISSIG Review, Director of Communications for PMI's Information Systems Specific Interest Group, member of PMI's test-writing team, and writer for the community posts. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Minnesota, her MBA at Northeastern University's High Technology MBA program, and her B.S. in mathematics at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Schwalbe was named Educator of the Year in 2011 by the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) Education Special Interest Group (EDSIG).

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