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Unformatted text preview: se. The file on the CD named example.html is an intermediate file that is produced during the process of moving scheduling dates between Microsoft Project and Modern Project. You can look at this file with a browser to see how the schedule dates are contained in a Microsoft Project HTML export file. Page 1 Chapter 1— Introduction
Modern project management is a well- understood discipline that can produce predictable, repeatable results. The methods of modern project management are highly analytic, usually requiring automated tools to support them on large projects. Like most other disciplines, it is learned through both practice and study. Since this chapter is an introduction, it is fitting that we explain how we will be using the term project management . Project management encompasses many different skills, such as understanding the interdependencies among people, technologies, budgets, and expectations; planning the project to maximize productivity; motivating others to execute the plan; analyzing the actual results; and reworking and tuning the plan to deal with the realities of what really happens as the project is executed. While all these topics are covered in some detail in the book, the focus is on the theory and techniques project managers use to plan and control projects. So, when we use the term project management in this book, we often use it in this more specific sense. Several books on project management have already been written that deal with the organizational and teambuilding aspects of project management. Our intent is not to duplicate this work but rather to fill a gap in the presentation of the theoretical and practical aspects of project management. To a large extent, modern project management theory and methodology (the practical aspect) take into consideration the Page 2 psychological and motivational aspects of project management and are designed to communicate the standards and measures that project management is using to the project workforce. Also, several current books on project management deal extensively with requirements development and requirements specification. In the Information Technology (IT) field in particular, requirements specification has essentially become a profession in its own right. In order to keep this book relatively small and accessible, we have chosen to largely omit this aspect of a project and just assume that the requirements for the project have been adequately defined and documented. For many first-time project managers, the projects they will be managing will be small to medium in size. While project requirements development and specification are always important, they are often straightforward. It is usually on larger projects that requirements development and specification become complex. There is some discussion of requirements in Chapter 10 as they relate to rescuing a failing project. If you are trying to learn about project management for a large project, you should take a look at that material as you read Chapter 2 or consult a book on requirements engineerin...
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This note was uploaded on 01/11/2011 for the course ACC 9 taught by Professor Yeetan during the Spring '10 term at Sunway University College.
- Spring '10