By Karl E. Wiegers Published by Microsoft Press (http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780735625211) Zero in on key project-initiation tasksand build a solid foundation for successful software development. In this concise guide, critically-acclaimed author Karl E. Wiegers fills a void in project management literature by focusing on the activities that are essentialbut often overlookedfor launching any project. Drawing on his extensive experience, Karl shares lessons learned, proven practices, and tools for getting your project off to the right startand steering it to ultimate success. Lay a foundation for project successdiscover how to: * Effectively charter a project * Define meaningful criteria for project success and product releases * Negotiate achievable commitments for project teams and stakeholders * Identify and document potential barriers to successand manage project risks * Apply the Wideband Delphi method for more accurate estimation * Measure project performance and avoid common metrics traps * Systematically apply lessons learned to future projects Companion Web site includes: * Worksheets from inside the book * Project document templates * Resources for project initiation and process improvement Superb Reading Features * Full book text search * Several fonts and themes to choose from * Built-in dictionary * The ability to add annotations * Landscape view * Extensive cross-referencing and working hyperlinks * Zoom function for images and screenshots About Lexcycle Lexcycle is the creator of Stanza Bookbinder which was used to create this standalone book application. Stanza Bookbinder is based on the popular iPhone Ebook reading application, Stanza. For more information about Stanza, visit www.lexcycle.com.