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The accidental project manager : surviving the transition from techie to manager
Ensworth, Patricia, 1953-
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Publication Information:
New York : Wiley, 2001.
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xviii, 269 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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"Wiley computer publishing."

Includes index.
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Why do so many software projects fail? The reality is that many of these projects are led by programmers or developers thrown into the role of project manager without the necessary skills or training to see a project through successfully. Patricia Ensworth has written a hands-on survival guide designed to rescue the "accidental project manager" and help them to quickly ramp up on all key areas involved in software project management. This book provides a no-nonsense, jargon-free approach to getting the job done. With the help of useful templates, checklists, and sample forms, as well as pointers to essential resources, Ensworth gives concise, easy-to-understand advice on everything needed to hit the ground running--including phases of project development, role assignment in the development team, the tools of the trade, and criteria for success.

Author Notes

PATRICIA ENSWORTH is a vice president of Systems Development and manager of Software Quality Assurance at Moody's Investors Services. Over the course of her 20-year career in software development, she has worked as a project manager, systems analyst, system administrator, product manager, developer, tester, technical writer, and trainer, and has participated in development projects for products ranging from mainframe applications to Internet e-commerce systems.

Table of Contents

About the Authorp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Section I Before Coding Begins
Chapter 1 Exploring the Elephantp. 1
Chapter 2 On Blueprints and Leaps of Faithp. 25
Chapter 3 Who's on Firstp. 49
Section II During Development
Chapter 4 A View of the Forestp. 65
Chapter 5 Governor and Legislatorp. 93
Chapter 6 Artisans in Their Workshopp. 141
Section III At Rollout
Chapter 7 Step Right Up, Ladies and Gentlemen...p. 165
Chapter 8 The Conductor Taps the Batonp. 179
Chapter 9 All Hands on Deck!p. 195
Section IV After the Release
Chapter 10 Battlefield Reconnaissancep. 205
Chapter 11 At Cruising Altitudep. 219
Chapter 12 Back in Base Campp. 243
Indexp. 257