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to prevent these problems from reoccurring in the future. The use of case studies is applicable both to undergraduate- and graduate-level project management courses as well as training programs to pass various certification examinations in project management.
Situations are smaller case studies that focus on one or two points that need to be addressed, whereas case studies can focus on a multitude of interrelated issues. The table of contents identifies several broad categories for the cases and situations, but keep in mind that the larger case studies such as Corwin Corporation, The Blue Spider Project or the Rise, and Fall and Resurrection of Iridium could have been listed under several topics. Some of the case studies, such as The Need for Metrics and The Singapore Software Group, are well suited for group exercises. Other smaller or minicases can be covered during the class period.
Several smaller cases or situations are included in this edition at the request of faculty members that asked for cases that could be discussed in class and worked on in a team environment. These smaller cases can be used as in-class assignments or take-home assignments. Several of the cases and situations have “seed” questions either in the case itself or in the instructor’s teaching notes on the case to assist the reader in the analysis of the case. The seed questions from the instructor’s manual will be provided by the instructor. An instructor’s manual is available from John Wiley & Sons Publishers, Inc., only to faculty members who adopt the book for classroom use. Almost all of the case studies are factual.
In most circumstances, the cases and situations have been taken from the author’s consulting practice. The names of many of the companies and the people in the companies have been disguised for obvious reasons. Some educators prefer not to use case studies that are more than ten or twenty
years old. However, the circumstances surrounding many of these cases and situations are the same today as they were years ago. Unfortunately, we seem to be repeating several of the mistakes made previously. There are forty-one new cases added in this edition.