The AMA Handbook of Project Management

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SECTION FIVE
Section Five: Introduction

INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT PRACTICE

Some professionals argue that a project is a project and therefore, the principles of project management are generically applicable. Others proclaim that an IT project is totally different from building a house or launching a new product. There is truth in both positions, of course. Principles of navigation are generically applicable, but putting them to proper use in the Antarctic continent or in the middle of the Pacific Ocean requires different experiences and knowledge.

The project management principles are indeed generically applicable, yet to use them intelligently, knowledge of the specific type of project is required. In this section, some of the peculiarities of project management practice across different industries are explored.

In Chapter 32, Christopher Sauer of Oxford University explores how the mature practices of project management in the engineering and construction field may have applicability to the IT industry.

In Chapter 33, Dennis Smith, of CompanySmith, lays out a process for adhering to project management principles within the time-to-market constraints of new product development.

Chapter 34 features a discussion of IT project management practice and pitfalls by Karen R.J. White, PMP, of Project Management Solutions, Inc.

Two chapters from our first edition have been held over in recognition of the timeless content they offer:

Author and consultant Lois Zells' updated Chapter 35 on software development practices brings order to the sometimes chaotic environment of software development.

Lee Lambert, PMP, of Lambert and Associates covers research and development projects in his updated Chapter 36.

Looking to the future, the ecosystem restoration industry applies the proven practices of project management to a work

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