Project Management Handbook [PM-Handbook] is a necessary tools to give information about the current stand of project.
Components of “IT-Project Management Handbook” are
– Information about organization, budget
– Information about milestones, dead lines
– Information about reviews, protocols, aprovals
– Requirement list, Plans, Concepts, Programmsources by IT
– Test results, Installation handbook, user handbook
– Risks list
Project Management Handbook is not a “cadaver” of information , it is a living document with the lifecycle of project.
It describes progresses of project.
It help project leader, project member and all people involve in project.
It is a tool to manage the project.
Project Management Handbook is therefore the content of project’s knowledge, project’s know how.
How to setting a PM-Handbook?
Information in PM-Handbook could be written in book, in a paper work. It could be expand from a small book to thousand of pages. By IT-Project a PM-Handbook is of a collections of documents or folders of documents, which is take care from a configuration manager of project. By great or komplex project, one prefers to use a data bank mamangement systems (DBMS) for “PM-Handbook”
Apply Wiki as PM-Handbook
Wiki-System has an DBMS and a Version control in the background. There fore Wiki would be a helpful tool to set up a Project Management Handbook. We call here ITPM Wiki -IT Project Management Wiki-.
An ITPM-Handbook is currently using for students in the course Introduction to IT-Project Management. The course is reading in Winter Semester 2008 / 2009 at Wolfgang Johann Goethe University Frankfurt a.M. , Germany.
In this course, students have to manage projects to set up a Web-Portal for an university. So we have setting a wiki as ITPM-Handbook for the students . They are working over internet, setting up their project management handbooks on ITPM-Wiki. They could could use the wiki as a medium for communication, for documentation and tool to help them by the management.
Dr. The Anh Vuong