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This hands-on resource provides a blueprint to set up and run a project office (PO) in R&D environments. Although many of the examples are drawn from the software industry, the concepts presented are widely applicable to pharmaceutical, automotive, and other industries involved in the development of new products.
Running the Successful Hi-Tech Project Office looks at the PO as a line function, responsible for the coordination and the infrastructure necessary to manage multiple projects. The book covers all major PO responsibilities, including project portfolio management, project oversight, methods, and tool support, staffing and competence development, and promotion of the project culture. It explains that the objective of the PO is to complete all projects to best achieve the overall goals of the organization.
This practical book provides guidance in preparing long-term plans to enable appropriate decisions concerning the allocation of resources; overseeing the execution of projects on time and within budget; developing processes and systems to satisfy ever-changing product needs; providing stability, professional development, and administrative efficiency for management and support personnel; and assuring a smooth transition between start-up, execution, and termination phases.
About the Author
Eduardo Miranda is currently a program director at Ericsson Research Canada, Quebec, Canada. He received a B.Sc. in system analysis from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, an M.Eng. in engineering management from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and an M.Sc. in project management from the University of Linköping, Sweden.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Miranda, Eduardo, 1955–.
Running the successful hi-tech project office / Eduardo Miranda.
p. cm. — (Artech House technology management and professional development library)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 1-58053-373-6 (alk. paper)
1. Project management. 2. High technology. 3. New products—Management. I. Title II. Series.
British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data
Running the successful hi-tech project office. — (Artech House professional development and technology management library)
1. Project management 2. High technology industries—Management
Cover design by Igor Valdman
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International Standard Book Number: 1-58053-373-6
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 2002044072
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To Mariana, my wife, for her understanding and encouragement
To Tomás, my son, for making me proud every day
To my parents, for their love and example
Without all of them this book would never have existed
I would like to thank Anders Hemre, my boss at Ericsson Research Canada for his confidence and support; Lars Rosqvist from Bombardier Transportation; and Mats Hultin from Saab with whom I wrote my thesis on the project office for the Project Management Executive Master Program at Linköping University. I would also like to thank Stephen Hinton from Ericsson for reviewing the chapters and for his contribution to the Project Office Maturity Model; Raul Martinez from RMyA for reviewing the chapters and for challenging me all the way; and Gaetano Lombardi from Ericsson for his comments and review of the preliminary work. Finally, I would like to thank Michael Alton from Knowledge Based Systems for providing me with AIO Win, the tool used to produce the project office diagrams.
About the Author
Eduardo Miranda is currently a program director at Ericsson Research Canada. Before joining Ericsson in 1996, he was the manager of the Software Engineering Process Group for Lockheed Martin Canada. In total he has more than 20 years of experience in the development and maintenance of real-time and information management systems.
Mr. Miranda has a B.Sc. in system analysis from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, an M.Eng. in engineering management from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and an M.Sc. in project management from the University of Linköping, Sweden.
He has published more than 10 articles in the areas of software development methods, estimation, and project management. He is an industrial researcher affiliated with the Université du Québec in Montréal, Canada. He has also been a university professor in his native Argentina. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society.