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Going Beyond The Waterfall

PM WORLD Book Review

pmwj29-dec2014-Depperschmidt-BOOKBook Title: Going Beyond The Waterfall
Author: Barbara Davis & Darren Radford
Publisher: J. Ross Publishing
List Price:   US$ 49.95
Format: Hard Cover; 288 pages
Publication Date:   June 2014
ISBN: 978-1-60427-090-7
Reviewer:      Mark W. Depperschmidt
Review Date:            October 2014
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Introduction to the Book

Going Beyond the Waterfall addresses scope definition and provides a model for predicting, evolving and managing scope across a project life cycle. It stresses the importance of contribution of decisions and actions of every team member during the evolutionary process.

It also identifies the impact that tasks and activities have on scope. The tools and methods provided by the authors give practical means to managing scope and prevent unnecessary scope creep and run away projects.

Although the book spends considerable time on the basics of scope and scope management, it also provides significant information on the strengths and weaknesses of Waterfall, Agile and Enterprise Architecture.

The publisher offers a downloadable decision case template; charter, scope, and benefits realization planning documents; project issue and risk tables; a deliverables and artifacts index; and a change control log — available from the Web Added Value™ Download Resource Center at www.jrosspub.com 

The publisher cites a free download of the templates. The free templates are in pdf form. An additional fee of $6.95 is required for the Microsoft Word and Excel versions of the PDF files ready for customization and use.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is organized in 4 sections addressing discovery, scope and defining business solutions; change control; project and architecture methodologies and implementations. Each section includes multiple chapters detailing the section.

Each chapter contains valuable diagrams to illustrate the points, checklists and reference citations for additional reading. It also includes an Appendix of templates, outlines and checklists. 

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About the Reviewer

pmwj29-dec2014-Depperschmidt-REVIEWERMark W. Depperschmidtflag-usa

Texas, USA

Mark W. Depperschmidt is a project management professional with 20+ years’ experience in both operations and IT. Mr. Depperschmidt has worked in the finance, real estate, mortgage and insurance sectors developing or implementing systems both operational and technological. Mr. Depperschmidt is PMP and Six Sigma Lean Professional certified. He can be reached at [email protected]

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