13 Best Technical Project Management

List Updated May 2020

Bestselling Technical Project Management in 2020


Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling

Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

Project Management: Processes, Methodologies, and Economics (2nd Edition)

Project Management: Processes, Methodologies, and Economics (2nd Edition)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020

Information Technology Project Management

Information Technology Project Management
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
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Fundamentals of Technology Project Management

Fundamentals of Technology Project Management
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Discover the top 10 reasons projects fail and master the 5 keys to project success
  • Explore the 6 phases of the project lifecycle step-by-step
  • Learn to complete the documents needed for good project management
  • Recognize the warning signs of a project in trouble and learn how to get it back on track
  • Learn how to leverage social media and virtual communication tools in the workplace

Cracking the PM Interview: How to Land a Product Manager Job in Technology

Cracking the PM Interview: How to Land a Product Manager Job in Technology
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Cracking the PM Interview How to Land a Product Manager Job in Technology

Project Management: A Quick Start Beginners Guide For Easily Managing Projects The Right Way (Essential Tools and Techniques For A Winning Business ... Up and Project Management Guide) (Volume 3)

Project Management: A Quick Start Beginners Guide For Easily Managing Projects The Right Way (Essential Tools and Techniques For A Winning Business ... Up and Project Management Guide) (Volume 3)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020

Agile Project Management with Kanban (Developer Best Practices)

Agile Project Management with Kanban (Developer Best Practices)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Microsoft Press

Project Management for Humans: Helping People Get Things Done

Project Management for Humans: Helping People Get Things Done
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020

Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling

Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

Head First PMP: A Learner's Companion to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam

Head First PMP: A Learner's Companion to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • O Reilly Media

Agile Project Management For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))

Agile Project Management For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • DUMMIES

Project Management for Engineering and Construction, Third Edition

Project Management for Engineering and Construction, Third Edition
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020

Managing Complex Technical Projects: A Systems Engineering Approach (Artech House Technology Management and Professional Developm)

Managing Complex Technical Projects: A Systems Engineering Approach (Artech House Technology Management and Professional Developm)
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
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What is Configuration Management?

What is configuration management in terms of project management? What is its purpose? What are the five tenets of CM?

CM is a field of study with practitioners in the trenches in enterprises around the world. The United States government also uses or requires CM, as many a contractor can attest. In its best use, CM is implemented at the enterprise level, organization-wide. Based on the established enterprise-level requirements for CM, individual functional areas and projects develop their specific processes and procedures--all within the bounds of the enterprise-level documentation.

The main requirements of CM are planning, identification, change management, auditing, and status accounting (Tech America, 2020).

Planning

All products and services need to be planned. This means planning the overarching organizational goals, and the lower-level processes, procedures, work instructions, tools, team member roles and responsibilities, and all other details related to producing and delivering your product. CM planning includes documentation of the five main aspects of CM (planning, identifying, change management, auditing, and status accounting).

A sample CM planning documentation structure in hierarchical order from the top down may include: (1) CM policy, (2) CM plan, (3) CM procedures, (4) work instructions. The CM policy is the enterprise-level document that sets the organizations broadest, minimum requirements for CM activities organization-wide. The CM plan is the project's overarching plan for managing product configuration. The CM plan contains information activities such as establishing baselines, change management, establishing integrity in baselines, and more. CM procedures supplement the CM plan. The CM procedures documentation is composed during the planning phase of the project to ensure it satisfies project-specific requirements at the most detailed level. The CM procedures documentation is a blueprint of specific CM processes and their related procedures. It is written at a granular level and remains a living, flexible documentation poised to establish consistency while meeting the needs of the project as it matures.Work instructions are very specific instructions on how to do something like use a tool, build something. It is a low-level "recipe" for achieving a very specific goal.

The document titles and structure may vary, but the concept remains the same: document CM activities at the organizational level and support that documentation with a hierarchy of documentation growing more granular with each level.

Identification refers to defining the physical and functional qualities of the product to be produced, it refers to naming and numbering, and it refers to baselines (Tech America, 2020). Documents that identify Configuration Items (CIs) are stored in a designated location in the Version Control System (VCS) or other documentation repository. They are under configuration control (also called change management).

Change management (also called configuration control) is the process of making changes in a planned and systematic fashion (Tech America, 2020). It is the planning and coordination of the implementation of all changes into the production environment. Change management is where change requests, discrepancy reports, deviations, waivers, and other elements of change come in.

Auditing is performed to evaluate whether processes are being followed, whether processes are effective, and whether the product conforms to requirements. Auditors compare the process to it's description, its output, its resultant actions, and other details to determine whether the process is performed and whether it is performing.

Status accounting (status reporting) is concerned with retrieval of information for many reasons including-but not limited to-the following (Tech America, 2020).


Sources

Chrissis, M. B. (2020). Cmmi guidelines for process integration and product improvement. (Second ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Addison-Wesley.

Tech America. Standards and Technology Department, (2020). (ANSI/EIA 649-B-2020). Washington, DC: Tech America.

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