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The Accidental Project Manager:
Surviving the Transition from Techie to Manager

by Patricia Ensworth

"I found much to admire in The Accidental Project Manager, Ensworth's book of useful and always gentle advice for the novice manager."—Tom DeMarco, Author of Slack: Getting Past Burnout

"In an engaging style, Ensworth poses hundreds of thought-provoking questions that will help both new and seasoned project managers get a solid grip on the myriad aspects of a complex software project."—Karl Wiegers, Process Impact

You've just been asked to manage a software development project. Where do you begin? In The Accidental Project Manager, seasoned guide Patricia Ensworth calmly walks you through every aspect and challenge of this new and exciting experience. This "cheat sheet" provides you with practical advice and critical information you need to manage successful software projects.

To help you manage your projects, the book and its companion Web site offer many sample forms, templates and checklists—and tell you how to use them.

With minimum jargon and maximum common sense, you'll learn about:

  • The various associates who become members of your team, upon whose skills and efforts you will depend
  • The four major phases of a software development project and the project manager's role within each phase
  • Ways in which different organizations vary with regard to the responsibilities of the software quality assurance group
  • All the necessary steps for planning and budgeting your software project
  • Advice on how to evaluate the software project managers who may report to you and how you can help them do a better job


ISBN 0-471-41011-X
288 Pages
July 2001

Wiley Technology Publishing
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