Preface – Core Concepts of Project Management


This book addresses project management in the context of information systems. It deals with general project management principles, with focus on the special characteristics of information systems. It is based on an earlier text,1 but shortened to focus on essential project management elements.

Key features are a shorter introduction to project management, focus on general project management, updating of Project Management Institute (PMI) material, and serving as an introduction to quantitative material in the companion book.

The first chapter presents various statistics indicating endemic problems in completing information system projects on time, within budget, at designed functionality. While successful completion of projects is a challenge, there are some things that can be done to improve the probability of success. This book reviews a number of project management concepts. These include developing organizational ability to work on projects, discussed in Chapters 2 and 3. Sponsor expectations can be based on better information if a good job of project selection is conducted, as discussed in Chapter 4. Better systems development (to include requirements analysis and project work breakdown structure—Chapter 5) can assure that proper resources are acquired to accomplish a project. In projects with greater time pressure, agile methods are often found appropriate (Chapter 6). Projects involve high levels of risk, and schedule delays are often encountered. Chapter 7 discusses some related methodologies. Chapter 8 will discuss the importance of critical success factors in the context of project implementation.

This first book discusses the people and initial process aspects of project management. Each chapter identifies related PMI material. The companion book will cover important tools available to help successfully manage projects.


  1. Olson (2015).