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Team Development for High Tech Project Managers

Team Development for High Tech Project Managers by James Williams
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This unique volume is the first to go beyond the theory of team dynamics and project management to present real world applications. The culmination of years of experience and research, the book describes practical techniques for building successful high performance project teams using actual examples from high tech companies. A concise guide for both new and experienced managers, this valuable resource enables you to: select the right projects for your organization; reduce the time needed for team development and productive operation; learn motivational and retention strategies for technical project personnel; avoid project management pitfalls; and inject quality into current and future projects.

The book examines the typical life cycle of team development and the general mechanics of team and project formation in today’s project management setting. It scrutinizes both successes and failures in nurturing and developing a team, offering techniques and suggestions on building better teams in the future. Contents: Chapter 1—Project Management Principles in a High Technology Environment. Definition of a Project. Definition of Project Management. Definition of a Team. Role of the Project Manager. The Project Life Cycle. Project Management Processes. Chapter 2—Project Requirements Development. Project Selection. Project Initiation. Requirements Definition Cycle. Pitfalls of Requirements Definition. Chapter 3—Types of Teams. Functional Teams. Self-Directed Teams. Cross-Functional Teams. Hybrids. Chapter 4—Stages of Team Development in the Technology Arena. Birth. Exploration. Discovery. Performance. Completion. Chapter 5—Hugh Tech Project Structures and Associated Project Management Styles. Overview of Project Structures. Overview of Project Management Frameworks. Matching Management Models with Project Structures. Chapter 6—Communication Systems for Teams in a Technical Environment. Formal Systems. Informal Systems. Internal Team Communication. Communication with the Outside World. Chapter 7—Motivation Systems for Technical Teams. Monetary Compensation. Awards and Recognition. Cretive Motivational Methods. Quality of Life. Inspiring Innovation. Chapter 8—Quality for High Tech Project Teams. A brief History of the Quality Movement. Planning for Project Quality. The Cost of Quality. Tools to Measure Quality. Chapter 9—Managing Virtual Technology Teams. Virtual Teams Defined. Specific Challenges of the Virtual Team. Chapter 10—Future Directions for Project Management. Appendixes James Williams received his M.S. degree in project management and is currently a software engineer and consultant. He has 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry as both a participant and leader of project teams.

Artech House; January 2002
228 pages; ISBN 9781580535519
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Title: Team Development for High Tech Project Managers
Author: James Williams