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Why You Should Read Project Management of Complex and Embedded Systems

Even though there have been many writings about project management methods and embedded systems, they do not particularly cover aspects that will help project managers who are involved in capital-intensive projects or who need to implement the variety of controls resulting from automotive-style development.

By embodying approaches to design and develop new products, the book Project Management of Complex and Embedded Systems: Ensuring Product Integrity and Program Quality written by Pries, Kim H., and Quigley, Jon M. provides guidelines and information, primarily intended for automotive project managers. 

In this book review, we are going to cover different aspects of this writing and explain why this book can be beneficial for project/program managers in other industries requiring many controls on the process. 


Table of Contents

Project Management of Complex and Embedded Systems: The Idea Behind the Book  
Who Is This Book For? 
Why Do We like Project Management of Complex and Embedded Systems?    
Final Thoughts   
About the Authors    


Project Management of Complex and Embedded Systems: The Idea Behind the Book 

Project Management of Complex and Embedded Systems: Ensuring Product Integrity and Program Quality delves more deeply into the automotive project management area by covering proven project management methods and adequate development techniques. Taking into consideration that the U.S defense industry is the root source for project management skills, Pries, Kim H., and Quigley, Jon M include information derived from the Department of Defense, as well as methods developed by the Automotive Industry Action Group, General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford to standardize the approach to designing, developing and delivering new products.

Even though the authors distinguish the automotive project management from general project management, by taking into consideration the action requirements from the International Organization Standardization, they manage to generalize the automotive approach to nearly any industry. Various examples presented in this book, come from the automotive supplier and consumer, however, it is clear that most of the automotive development and production ideas have a universal value.

Throughout this book, the authors have touched topics such as the overview of project management, followed by an examination of the technical tools. Furthermore, the writing delves with topics such as product and process development, the validation of product and processes, the release to the production process, as well as the differences between program and project management.  Finally, the authors explore the post-project stages, including failure reporting, analysis, corrective actions, and product support.

Who Is This Book For? 

This book is written to guide project managers and project participants through the development process. Regardless if you have a background in the automotive business or any other field, the lessons illustrated in this book can be beneficial to project managers working in different industries. 

Why Do We Like Project Management of Complex and Embedded Systems?

The combined experience of the two authors makes Project Management of Complex and Embedded Systems: Ensuring Product Integrity and Program Quality a stimulating read for everyone. By covering real-life examples, the text outlines the challenges as well as solutions to problems that might occur in production. In general, the authors have avoided an extended discussion of areas that are more germane to a functioning quality management system and they have tried to keep their focus on the project management side of development. This book features an adequate text that enables the readers to understand what tool to use where, by outlining the most important project management techniques that can assist developers of any embedded system 

Final Thoughts 

To buy or download the book Project Management of Complex and Embedded Systems: Ensuring Product Integrity and Program Quality written by  Pries, Kim H., Quigley, Jon M.  check out this link.

We hope that by reading this review, you will have a better understanding of how this book can be helpful in identifying challenges before they become problems and resolve those issues that cannot be avoided.  

Have you read this book? What is your opinion about it? Feel free to post your comments in the section at the end.

About the Authors

Kim H Pries and Jon M Quigley are the founders of Value Transformation LLC.  Collectively Kim and Jon have more than fifty years of new product development experience. This experience ranges from hardware and software through testing and project management.  They have contributed significantly to various company's cost improvement approaches, from the product and from the process perspectives. They have multiple globally recognized certifications as well as advanced degrees and patents. 

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