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Project Management Handbook

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From Wouter Baars about the “Project Management Handbook”

This project management handbook is intended for anyone who is involved in or will be involved in projects that take place within or are conducted in association with DANS, the Data Archiving and Networked Services (the publisher). The text, however, has been prepared in such a way that it can be used by other organisations, particularly those in the non-profit sector, that use project-based working methods.

The book is comprised of several sections. The first section (Chapters 1 through 4) provides an overview of project management. These chapters address the theory of the waterfall method, which is applicable to most projects. The second section of this book (beginning with Chapter 5), addresses ‘cyclical’ forms of project management, which are more appropriate to IT-related projects. These methods are particularly well suited for software development and other creative IT projects.

The penultimate chapter addresses the working methods of DANS. This method is a combination of elements from both the waterfall and the cyclical methods. The last chapter of this handbook discusses how organisations can manage the dynamics of carrying out several projects at once. The most important difficulties are addressed, along with strategies for dealing with these problems.

About Wouter Baars

Wouter Baars has a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science. He has been a project manager for several years for The European commission, Waag Society, KPN (Dutch telecom provider) and many smaller organizations. He is specialized in creative projects such as serious game development, e-learning and software development. Currently he is teaching project management and coaching organizations that are working on their project management. More info on his work: www.projectmanagement-training.net

Note that this handbook is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share-Alike 2.5 License.

Project Management Material in this Hut

The Six Phases Of Project Management – Introduction
The Six Phases Of Project Management – Initiation Phase
The Six Phases Of Project Management – Definition Phase
The Six Phases Of Project Management – Definition Phase – The Importance of Involving Users
The Six Phases Of Project Management – Design Phase
The Six Phases Of Project Management – Development Phase
The Six Phases Of Project Management – Implementation Phase
The Six Phases Of Project Management – Follow-up Phase
Managing a Project – Introduction
Managing a Project – The Time Factor
Managing a Project – The Money Factor
Managing a Project – The Quality Factor
Managing a Project – Project Team Organization
Managing a Project – The Information Factor
Project Reporting – Introduction
Project Reporting – Uncertainty in Project Plans
The Project, the Sales Representative, and the Politician
Waterfall Versus Cyclical Project Management
Waterfall vs. Cyclical PM: Software development is a Creative Process
Waterfall Versus Cyclical PM: Identifying Requirements Beforehand
Waterfall vs. Cyclical PM: Estimating Time to Implement a Functionality Is Difficult
Allow Constant Testing By Users Throughout the Entire Project
Cyclical Methods of Project Management
Conditions for Cyclical Project Management
Risks of Cyclical Project Management
Project Phases – Project Initiation Phase
Project Phases – Project Definition Phase
Project Phases – Project Design Phase
Project Phases – Project Cyclical Phase
Project Phases – Project Follow-up Phase

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