Introduction: Managing projects effectively is crucial for any technical manager. Establishing a reputation that you deliver projects on time and within budget with minimal problems will position you for many more responsibilities in your company.
This publication provides a "short cut" to effective project management techniques that I learned at IBM and other companies that have helped me for over 30 years. Tools are included to simplify the entire process.
Table of Contents Introduction I. What's the Big Deal About Project Management ? II. Establish the Project Goal III. Define the Project Deliverables IV. Quantify Resource Needs A. Staff B. Budgetary resources C. Other V. Develop a Return on Investment VI. Develop the Plan A. Major Project Sections B. Tasks C. Responsibilities D. Prerequisites E. Critical Bottlenecks F. Timeframes VII. Document the Plan VIII. Establish Sign-off and Approval Requirements IX. Project Status Meetings X. Execute the Plan
APPENDIX: A. Project Plan - Blank Template B. Sample Project Plan - Technology Assimilation C. Project Kickoff Meeting - Blank Template D. Project Status Meeting - Blank Template