While the project management body of knowledge is embraced by
disciplines ranging from manufacturing and business to social
services and healthcare, the application of efficient project
management is of particularly high value in science, technology,
and engineering undertakings. STEP Project Management: Guide for
Science, Technology, and Engineering Projects presents an
integrated, step-by-step approach to managing projects in these
complex areas, using the time-tested concepts, tools, and
techniques of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK (R)).
STEP is an acronym for Science, Technology, and Engineering
Projects, and also serves as a mnemonic reference to the
step-by-step approach of the book. This volume takes an approach
that combines managerial, organizational, and quantitative
techniques into a logical sequence of project implementation steps.
The book begins by exploring the special methodology imperative for
managing these types of sophisticated projects. It then delineates
the major steps involved in project integration. The author
discusses the management of scope, time, cost, quality, human
resources, communications, risk, and procurement. Then, using a
compelling case study that profiles the errors leading to the 1986
Challenger disaster, the book examines how flaws in
decision-making, failure to consider all factors, lack of
communication, and inappropriate priorities can lead to
catastrophe. In today's fast-changing IT-based, competitive global
market, success can be even more elusive and hard won. Effective
project management in all facets of operations can give an
enterprise the advantage it seeks. In this book, the author's
direct writing style, designed to appeal to busy professionals,
conveys the complex concepts of high-stakes project management in a
simple, efficient manner. He provides a general framework that
shows what needs to be done to manage complex projects, using steps
that are flexible, expandable, and modifiable.
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