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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

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