Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools

Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools
Published:August 08, 2007Language:English
Author:Karl E. WiegersTechnology:Programming
Length:240 PagesISBN 13:9780735625211

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About The BookGet the practical guide to getting your development project off to a successful start!

Zero in on key project-initiation tasks—and build a solid foundation for successful software development. In this concise guide, critically-acclaimed author Karl E. Wiegers fills a void in project management literature by focusing on the activities that are essential—but often overlooked—for launching any project. Drawing on his extensive experience, Karl shares lessons learned, proven practices, and tools for getting your project off to the right start—and steering it to ultimate success.

Lay a foundation for project success—discover how to:
  • Effectively charter a project

  • Define meaningful criteria for project success and product releases

  • Negotiate achievable commitments for project teams and stakeholders

  • Identify and document potential barriers to success—and manage project risks

  • Apply the Wideband Delphi method for more accurate estimation

  • Measure project performance and avoid common metrics traps

  • Systematically apply lessons learned to future projects

  • Companion Web site includes:
  • Worksheets from inside the book

  • Project document templates

  • Resources for project initiation and process improvement
  • About Karl E. WiegersKarl E. Wiegers is Principal Consultant with Process Impact, a software process consulting and education company based in Portland, Oregon. Previously, he spent 18 years at Eastman Kodak Company, where he held positions as a photographic research scientist, software developer, software manager, and software process and quality improvement leader. He led process improvement activities for small teams, for a division of 500 software engineers building Kodak’s digital imaging products, and for the Kodak Internet development group. As a consultant and trainer, Karl has worked with more than 100 companies in many different industry sectors and government agencies at all levels on requirements engineering, software peer reviews, process improvement, and project management. Karl received a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois. He has served on the Editorial Board for IEEE Software magazine and as a Contributing Editor for Software Development magazine.

    Karl is the author of numerous books, including a memoir of life lessons titled “Pearls from Sand: How Small Encounters Lead to Powerful Lessons.” He has written nearly 200 articles on many aspects of software development and management, chemistry, and military history. He is a frequent speaker at software conferences, public seminars, and professional society meetings. Karl’s websites include,, and
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