Summary of Information Technology Project Management

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Information Technology Project Management book summary
There’s more to IT than just I and T; there’s management: how to run your IT projects even if you are an engineer.

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In this textbook on managing information technology (IT) projects, Jack T. Marchewka gives clear explanations of sound project-management principles. The book’s organization and tone are designed for a college setting. Of course, you can read the book on your own and get a great deal from it, even without classroom discussion of its case studies and review questions. Note the bullet points that list each chapter’s objectives as items to prioritize as you read. Each chapter’s summary will help you determine if you picked up what the author is trying to share. Marchewka’s language is formal but readable, and he focuses less on entertaining you than on communicating solid, useful information. He thoroughly describes IT projects’ special considerations, emphasizing the importance of human interaction and employee training and skills. getAbstract recommends this book to project managers with IT backgrounds who want to hone their people-management skills and to general project managers who want information on handling IT projects.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What makes information technology (IT) projects different from other types of projects
  • Why trying to avoid all risk is unproductive
  • How the leader sets an IT project’s ethical tone
  • How to make your IT project unfold smoothly
 

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What Makes IT Projects a Bit Different
While projects involving information technology (IT) are much like any other projects, they do have some differences. Since IT provides a support service, proponents of IT upgrades must justify their projects by showing the extra value the ...
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About the Author

Jack T. Marchewka teaches Management Information Systems at Northern Illinois University. He has also taught at the Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands. His articles have been published in several industry journals.


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