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Effective Project Management

Project managers provide crucial planning, clarification, communication, and orchestration between all of the stakeholders of a project to accomplish the project's goals. A project manager should not be “doing the work,” but rather, should be organizing, facilitating, recording, and following up on the delegated assignments. Project management differs from product management in the sense that project managers are responsible for the schedule and project completion, whereas product managers are responsible for the content, relevance, and utility value of the project deliverables.
Typically, project management structures vary depending on the organization size. Small development shops may have a single project manager, responsible for the project and product management duties. Larger shops typically split out the project and product management duties into separate roles. Large organizations may have a centralized Project Management Office (PMO) centralizing standards, processes, templates, and lessons learned.
Effective project managers should be familiar with the following concepts:

  1. The Project Management Institute
  2. The nine knowledge areas of project management
  3. How software development projects differ from traditional projects
  4. How the Project Management Lifecycle differs from and interacts with the Software Development Lifecycle
  5. Project documentation and documentation audiences (Project Charter, Project Plan, Work Breakdown Structure, Schedule Plan, Budget Plan)
  6. Industry research on what factors primarily impact the success or failure of a software development project
  7. How to identify stakeholders
  8. How to elicit, analyze, specify, and validate requirements
  9. Risk Identification, prioritization, mitigation and management
  10. How to create a Business Case
  11. The top ten most common software project life-cycles
  12. The law of triple constraints
  13. How to effectively manage scope creep
  14. How to document daily project progress
  15. How to develop a release plan
  16. How to establish and operate an IT Governance Committee
  17. How Marketing and Development should work together successfully
  18. Business/Strategy alignment
  19. Six ways to evaluate the business value of a software project

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