The Data Conversion Cycle – Now Available on Amazon.com

My new book, “The Data Conversion Cycle: A guide to migrating transactions and other records, for system implementation teams,” is now available on Amazon.com in both Kindle format for $4.49 and paperback for $6.99. If you buy the paperback version, you can also buy the Kindle version for 99 cents in what Amazon calls “matchbook” pricing.

When asked for the most common sources of problems for software system implementation projects, experienced system implementers and consultants always list data conversion among their top three. Converting from one production record-keeping system to another is a challenge because you not only have a moving target; you also have a moving origin, as records are created and updated each day while the project is in progress. This book expands on a series of blog posts on The Practicing IT Project Manager website. Originally written for my project manager following, I extensively revised the content for a general business audience.

This book was designed to be a resource for project teams comprised of not just project managers and IT specialists, but the people working in the business areas who own and maintain the data records and will use the new systems. The goal was to provide a clear model expressed in a common language for a cross-functional team.
The first six chapters explain data conversion as an iterative process, from defining the scope to mapping source system records to the target system, to extraction and loading, to validation. This methodology works well with Agile methods, especially those involving iterative prototyping. However, it can also be used with more traditional planning-intensive approaches.

I also include a chapter on incorporating data conversion into the project planning process and a chapter on risk management. The risk management chapter starts with the basics and goes into considerable detail in identifying risks applicable to data conversion. The book includes an Appendix with an example output of a risk identification meeting and the types of information to include in a risk register. There is also a chapter on measuring progress when using this iterative approach, and a Glossary.

As always, thanks for reading my stuff.

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The Data Conversion Cycle
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My new book, "The Data Conversion Cycle: A guide to migrating transactions and other records, for system implementation teams," is now available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback formats.
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The Practicing IT Project Manager LLC
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About Dave Gordon

Dave Gordon is a project manager with over twenty five years of experience in implementing human capital management and payroll systems, including SaaS solutions like Workday and premises-based ERP solutions like PeopleSoft and ADP Enterprise. He has an MS in IT with a concentration in project management, and a BS in Business. He also holds the project management professional (PMP) designation, as well as professional designations in human resources (GPHR and SPHR) and in benefits administration (CEBS). In addition to his articles and blog posts, he curates a weekly roundup of articles on project management, and he has authored or contributed to several books on project management.

6 thoughts on “The Data Conversion Cycle – Now Available on Amazon.com

  1. Congratulations, Dave! Having reviewed the book and knowing its quality, I hope this becomes the little Bible on data conversion. It can’t be stressed enough how thorough and yet easy to understand the book really is.

  2. The description sounds great, I just bought a copy and can’t wait to read it. Thank you for writing this, I can’t wait to learn from you!

  3. Thanks for the kind words, Sean. I hope it helps you and your team succeed in your projects.

  4. As I read “The Data Conversion Cycle,” I kept thinking–I wished I had this book earlier in my career. You did a splendid job of giving project teams and stakeholders the essential concepts and vocabulary for managing critical data conversion projects.

  5. Harry, I really appreciate the kind words and your help in making chapters 7 and 8 so much better. It’s good to have colleagues who are willing to share their insights – thanks!

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