9780789731975

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management

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    9780789731975

  • ISBN10:

    0789731975

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2009
  • Publisher: Que
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Summary

One-stop guide to effectively managing and leading successful projects the first time.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(1)
About This Book
1(2)
Who Should Read This Book?
3(1)
How This Book Is Organized
3(1)
Conventions Used in This Book
4(1)
I Project Management Jumpstart
5(32)
Project Management Overview
7(12)
What Is Project Management...Exactly?
8(4)
What Is the Value of Project Management?
12(1)
Why Are Projects Challenging?
13(2)
Growing Demand for Effective Project Managers?
15(1)
Trends in Project Management
16(3)
The Project Manager
19(8)
One Title, Many Roles
20(1)
Key Skills of Project Managers
21(2)
Qualities of Successful Project Managers
23(1)
15 Common Mistakes of Project Managers
24(3)
Essential Elements for Any Successful Project
27(10)
What Exactly Is a ``Successful'' Project?
28(1)
Learning from Troubled Projects
29(3)
Learning from Successful Projects
32(1)
Essential Project Manager Toolkit
33(4)
II Project Planning
37(80)
Defining a Project
39(10)
Setting the Stage for Success
40(1)
How Does Defining a Project Relate to Project Planning?
40(2)
Project Definition Document
42(3)
Project Definition Checklist
45(4)
Planning a Project
49(16)
Key Project Planning Principles
50(2)
Important Questions Project Planning Should Answer
52(1)
Building a Project Plan
53(7)
Summary of Supplemental Project Plan Components
60(2)
Project Plan Checklist
62(3)
Developing the Work Breakdown Structure
65(14)
What Is a WBS Exactly?
66(6)
Why Is the WBS Important?
72(1)
The Process of Building a WBS
73(6)
Estimating the Work
79(12)
Next Step in the Schedule Development Process
80(2)
Managing the Risk, Managing the Estimates
82(1)
Reasons for Estimating Woes
82(2)
Powerful Estimating Techniques and Methods
84(2)
Best Practices
86(5)
Developing the Project Schedule
91(16)
The Impact of the Project Schedule
92(2)
The Goal of the Schedule Development Process
94(1)
Key Inputs for Building a Schedule
95(1)
Creating a Schedule
96(11)
Determining the Project Budget
107(10)
The Impact of the Project Budget
108(1)
Principles of an Effective Budget
109(1)
Creating a Project Budget
110(4)
Common Budget Challenges
114(3)
III Project Control
117(82)
Controlling a Project
119(18)
What Is Project Control?
120(3)
Management Fundamentals for Project Control
123(1)
Powerful Techniques for Project Control
124(3)
Performance Reporting
127(2)
Variance Responses
129(1)
Leveraging Earned Value Management Concepts
130(2)
Common Project Control Challenges
132(2)
Lessons from Project Recoveries
134(3)
Managing Project Changes
137(14)
What Exactly Is a Project Change and What's the Big Deal Anyway?
138(3)
Fundamentals for Managing Project Change
141(1)
What Causes Unplanned Scope Changes?
142(1)
Essential Elements of a Project Change Control System
143(3)
Powerful Techniques for Minimizing Project Changes
146(2)
Common Project Change Control Challenges
148(3)
Managing Project Deliverables
151(12)
``Managing Project Deliverables'' Means What Exactly?
152(1)
Why Do This? It's Too Much Work
153(1)
Identify, Protect, and Track: The Principles of Managing Work Products
154(1)
Best Practices
155(4)
Configuration Management Plan
159(2)
Common Challenges and Pitfalls
161(2)
Managing Project Issues
163(10)
The Goals, Objectives, and Principles of Project Issue Management
164(1)
Key Features of Issue Management System
165(2)
Options for Issue Log
167(1)
Best Practices
168(2)
Some Special Situations
170(3)
Managing Project Risks
173(14)
Key Risk Management Principles
174(1)
The Essential Process for Managing Project Risks
175(3)
The Common Sources of Project Risk
178(4)
Typical Problems
182(1)
Powerful Risk Control Strategies
183(1)
Are You Sure It's a Risk?
184(3)
Managing Project Quality
187(12)
What Is ``Project Quality''?
188(1)
Unique Aspects of Managing Project Quality
189(1)
Principles of Managing Project Quality
189(2)
Powerful Tools and Techniques for Project Quality
191(2)
Powerful Quality Strategies
193(1)
Typical Quality-Related Challenges
194(5)
IV Project Execution
199(90)
Leading a Project
201(12)
More Than Managing
202(2)
Where Is Leadership Needed on a Project?
204(2)
Twelve Keys to Better Project Leadership
206(2)
Power of Servant Leadership Approach
208(5)
Managing Project Communications
213(14)
What Are Project Communications?
214(1)
The Importance of Project Communications
215(1)
Why Communicating Can Be Tough
216(1)
Seven Powerful Principles
217(2)
Best Practices of Effective Project Communicators
219(8)
Managing Expectations
227(16)
Value of Reviewing Stakeholder Expectation Management
228(1)
Critical Aspects of Expectations
228(5)
Seven Master Principles of Expectation Management
233(2)
Essential Elements of Managing Expectations
235(8)
Keys to Better Project Team Performance
243(12)
High-Performing Teams
244(1)
Ten Key Principles
244(3)
Proven Techniques
247(3)
Special Situations
250(5)
Managing Differences
255(12)
Five Key Principles
256(2)
Proven Techniques for Leading Cross-Functional Projects
258(3)
Proven Techniques for Leading Cross-Cultural Projects
261(1)
Proven Techniques for Leading Virtual Projects
262(5)
Managing Vendors
267(14)
First, Let's Clarify a Few Terms
268(1)
Ten Proven Principles of Vendor Management
268(3)
Twelve Tips for Buyers
271(2)
Seven Tips for Sellers
273(1)
Twelve Key Project Management Skills for Better Vendor Management
274(1)
Stuff You Need to Know About Contracts
275(6)
Ending a Project
281(8)
Three Key Principles
282(1)
Project End Checklist---13 Important Steps
282(2)
Common Project Closing Challenges
284(1)
Methods for Ending a Contract or a Project
285(4)
Index 289

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