Facing up to the challenges
Project management forums highlight many of the challenges project managers face. Unclear requirements, scope creep and undefined roles are well-trodden issues that can derail a project. Other challenges are less obvious, often more subtle, but equally destructive.
This book offers a focused and concise summary of 50 challenges facing today’s IT project manager. Broken down into 50 easy-to-digest chapters, the authors draw on years of practical experience to outline these challenges, and offer useful tips and advice on how to deal with them.
Challenge and response
Readers of this book will be better equipped to respond to key project management challenges, including
- Building the team – getting the right resources, matching skills/knowledge, defining roles and responsibilities.
- Project scope – clarifying assumptions, avoiding ambiguity, getting the time/cost estimates right.
- Politics – communicating with management and stakeholders, dealing with conflict, handling interference and micro-managing.
- Risk awareness – identifying inside/outside influences, recognising inbound and outbound dependencies.
- Time management – using the right planning tools, balancing work versus meetings.
- Failure – handling the blame game, protecting the team, rescuing the project.
An ideal reference for anyone involved in IT project management
This book condenses into a handy summary much of the information and advice that can be found in project management related books and discussion forums. It is an ideal reference for anyone involved in IT project management, from professional service organisations (PSO) and project management offices (PMO), through to active project managers and studying graduates.
Buy this book and ensure you can overcome the challenges and deliver results!
Challenge 1: Unclear Requirements
Challenge 2: Missed Requirement
Challenge 3: Delay in Document Approvals
Challenge 4: Scope Creep
Challenge 5: Unclear Risks and Issues
Challenge 6: Project Infrastructure Issues
Challenge 7: Service Introduction Challenges
Challenge 8: Undefined Project Dependencies
Challenge 9: Project Methodology
Challenge 10: Handling Escalation
Challenge 11: Time-Driven Projects
Challenge 12: Undefined Roles and Responsibilities
Challenge 13: Post-Live Support Uncovered
Challenge 14: Project Infrastructure Delivery Delayed
Challenge 15: Unclear Quality Criteria
Challenge 16: Unstructured Project Costing
Challenge 17: Resource Utilisation
Challenge 18: Revision of Estimates and Timescales
Challenge 19: Vendor Quality Issues
Challenge 20: Wrong Assumptions
Challenge 21: Unclear Business Rollout Approach
Challenge 22: Project Cancellation
Challenge 23: Project Operational Issues
Challenge 24: Undefined Project Critical Path
Challenge 25: Time and Cost Issues
Challenge 26: Overestimation of Projects
Challenge 27: Unmanageable Plan
Challenge 28: Overspent Projects
Challenge 29: Vendor Payment Milestone Issues
Challenge 30: Poor Source Code Quality
Challenge 31: Process Interference
Challenge 32: Project Colour Coding
Challenge 33: Project Go-Live Failures
Challenge 34: Project Prototype Failure
Challenge 35: Critical Team Member Absence
Challenge 36: Insufficient Schedule Information
Challenge 37: Insufficient Domain Knowledge
Challenge 38: Insufficient Technical Knowledge
Challenge 39: Delay in Starting Project
Challenge 40: Missing Teamwork
Challenge 41: Performance Appraisal Conflicts
Challenge 42: Project Synergy Missing
Challenge 43: Stakeholder’s Micromanagement
Challenge 44: Project Status Report Issues
Challenge 45: Vendor Contract Confusion
Challenge 46: War with PMO
Challenge 47: Ambiguous Statement of Work
Challenge 48: Ambiguous Non-Functional Requirements
Challenge 49: Too Many Meetings
Challenge 50: Troubled Project Rescue
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