The Principles of Project Management

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  • Copyright: 2008-03-01
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"The Principles of Project Management" lays out clear steps that anyone can follow to get projects done right, and delivered on time. This full colour book covers: Why Project Management is important - The 6 fundamental truths of project management Getting started: Discovering, Initiating, Planning and Resourcing a project Getting the Job Done: Executing and controlling Keeping it Smooth: Communication, collaboration and managing change Following through: Ongoing support and maintenance, measuring operational success Resources: Review of various tools, recommended reading, professional resources for project management. Short, and to the point, this book aims to do to provide a solid foundation for anyone who finds themselves responsible for executing projects.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xv
Who Should Read This Book?p. xv
What's Covered In This Book?p. xvi
The Book's Web Sitep. xvi
Project Management Cheat Sheetsp. xvi
Updates and Erratap. xvii
The SitePoint Forumsp. xvii
The SitePoint Newslettersp. xvii
Your Feedbackp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xviii
Conventions Used In This Bookp. xix
Tips, Notes, and Warningsp. xix
So What Is Project Management Anyway?p. 1
What Is Project Management?p. 2
Understanding the Project Life Cyclep. 3
Failure to Launch ... or Landp. 4
Negative Perceptions of Project Managementp. 6
It's Boringp. 6
It Takes Too Longp. 7
It's Too Hardp. 7
What Project Management Isn'tp. 8
Why You Need PM Skillsp. 9
What's In It for Me?p. 9
The Underlying Principles of Project Managementp. 10
Doing PM Right Is an Investment In Making the "Real Work" Matterp. 10
People Problems Can't Be Solved with Softwarep. 11
If it Doesn't Add Value, it Won't Get Donep. 12
The Best Tool Is the One that Works and Gets Usedp. 12
The Best Way to Communicate Is the Way That Gets You Heardp. 14
Choosing the Right Tools and Processes Is the PM's Most Important Jobp. 14
Summaryp. 15
Getting Startedp. 17
Discovery: Finding the Projectsp. 17
Picking the Best Projectsp. 21
Identifying the Opportunitiesp. 21
Comparing the Opportunitiesp. 23
Ranking and Choosing Opportunities to Pursuep. 24
Spotting Bad Projectsp. 26
Project, or Day-by-day Improvement?p. 28
Discovery Tools and Practicesp. 29
Who Are All These People?p. 33
Stakeholdersp. 33
Stakeholder Tools and Best Practicesp. 39
Initiating Your Projectp. 43
The Purpose of Initiatingp. 43
The Process of Initiatingp. 44
Initiation Tools and Best Practicesp. 44
Seven Essential Steps for a Successful Initiationp. 50
Summaryp. 51
Getting The Job Donep. 53
Planningp. 53
Why Plan?p. 54
What to Planp. 55
How to Planp. 56
Tools and Best Practicesp. 71
Executingp. 77
Let Your Team Have Ownershipp. 77
The Link to Personal Productivityp. 78
Tools and Best Practicesp. 78
Controllingp. 80
Are You on Track?p. 80
Measuring Deliverablesp. 81
Measuring Everything Elsep. 82
Risks, Issues, and Bugsp. 84
Verification Versus Validationp. 85
Looping Back to Planp. 86
Tools and Best Practicesp. 86
Summaryp. 88
Keeping It Smoothp. 91
Communication and Collaborationp. 91
Communicationp. 92
Collaborationp. 99
Tools and Best Practicesp. 113
Managing Changep. 122
Types of Changep. 122
Change Controlp. 124
Tools and Best Practicesp. 127
Summaryp. 131
Following Throughp. 133
Closing the Projectp. 133
Knowing When You're Donep. 134
Handling a Total Disconnectp. 137
Closing a Projectp. 139
Tools and Best Practicesp. 142
What Comes Next?p. 147
Defining Your Rolep. 147
The Superstar Handoverp. 149
Tools and Best Practicesp. 151
Summaryp. 153
Looking to the Futurep. 153
The Next Project ... and the Restp. 154
Toolsp. 155
Initiatingp. 155
Project Proposal Templatep. 155
Measuring Value Creationp. 156
Project Organization Chartp. 158
Communication Plan Templatep. 159
Project Initiation Documentp. 159
Typical Kickoff Meeting Agendap. 162
Planning, Executing, and Controllingp. 162
Project Plan Templatep. 162
Work Breakdown Structurep. 163
Gantt Chartp. 164
Risk Management Plan Templatep. 164
Balance Quadrantp. 165
Estimation Techniquesp. 165
Issue List Templatep. 166
Project Status Update Templatep. 169
Change Request Templatep. 169
Planning Softwarep. 170
Tracking Softwarep. 174
Closingp. 175
Project Sign-off Templatep. 175
Customer Feedback Questionnaire Templatep. 176
Lessons Learned Summary Templatep. 177
Project Documentation Templatep. 178
Resourcesp. 181
Booksp. 181
Blogs and Web Sitesp. 183
Professional Qualificationsp. 185
Associations and Qualificationsp. 185
Glossaryp. 187
Indexp. 193
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