The Review of Information Technology Project Management

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The Review of Information Technology Project Management


Dziuba, Dariusz, Journal of Economics & Management


The Review of Information Technology Project Management by professor Witold Chmielarz, written for the Scientific Publishers of the Faculty of Management of the University of Warsaw in 2015

The book submitted for review is a monograph presenting an original approach created by the author, applied to examine the issue of management of IT systems and their impact on the development of computerized management information systems. The author undertakes an ambitious task of providing the answer to the query whether, and in what way, the development of project management methods affects the development of IT systems. Simultaneously, the author raises the question whether this is a reflexive relationship, i.e. if the development of information technology development stimulates the development of design methods. So far, in the Polish literature on the subject as well as business reality, we have not come across studies which would analyze the issue of IT project management and the development of information systems from such a perspective.

Having considered the reviewed work, I believe that the author succeeds in providing a comprehensive and detailed answer to the above question. At this point we should note that the answer is neither easy nor simple. In order to achieve his goal, the author has analyzed the existing literature on IT project management and the relevant publications on the development of information systems. Moreover, the author has applied his own, original approach to evaluate the issue of development of the two above-mentioned spheres, which are seen as separate, yet closely connected.

Providing an answer to the challenging and important questions was made possible by employing a sequence of considerations and conclusions, encompassing the following steps:

- firstly, the author characterizes basic concepts in project management: undertaking, project, conditions for the implementation of the project as well as the project management, seen through a perspective of both: a traditional and modern approach,

- subsequently, the author comments on the concepts of project management and process management, and he examines the relations between projects and processes, pointing to the increasing proximity of the above-mentioned concepts (existing in practice rather than in the methodologies of project management and process management),

- next, the author examines the main factors affecting the implementation of projects, and he analyzes which of them, and why, could affect the proper implementation of the strategy of informatization of organizations/business entities,

- the above considerations constitute the starting point to review the methodologies of designing information systems; they present the directions for the development of traditional and modern methods of designing information systems and compare the advantages and disadvantages of the approaches,

- the considerations presented above and the conclusions drawn based on the analysis of trends in the development of design methods form the basis for the process of reviewing and characterizing the methods of business processes reengineering, pointing to those elements which - as emphasized in modern methodologies of project management - may be seen as a remedy to improve the quality of the created and implemented IT systems,

- after conducting the complete and original review of the methods influencing the development of IT systems, the author analyzes the development of systems from a different point of view, that is, from the point of view of innovative information technologies; and he proceeds to present his own, original concept (together with its consistent and logical rationale) and point to the directions for the development of information systems,

- the final stage was to combine the two tendencies: project management and the system development supported with information technologies in the process of historical progress and draw conclusions concerning the interdependence of the methods of project management and the development of information systems, which are the result of their application. …

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