Project Management for Mere Mortals LiveLessons (Video Training) The Tools, Techniques, Teaming, and Politics of Project Management

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  • Copyright: 2007-07-23
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
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This is a hands-on project management video with real examples and techniques that work.

Author Biography

Claudia M. Baca, PMP, PMI Certified OPM3 ® Assessor/Consultant, is an independent project management consultant and project management trainer. She has lectured at more than ten of the Project Management Institute chapters across the country. She has more than twenty years of project management experience and served on the leadership team that produced the Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3) standard. She contributed to the best-selling PMP: Project Management Professional Study Guide and co-authored PMP: Project Management Professional Workbook and PMP: Project Management Study Guide Deluxe Edition. She is also the author of Project Management for Mere Mortals ® (Addison-Wesley, 2007).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
About the Authorp. ix
Setting the Project Management Contextp. 1
You've Been Assigned a Project!p. 5
How Big Is This Project?p. 9
Creating Product Requirementsp. 13
Laying Out the Workp. 17
The Art of Estimatingp. 23
Quality—How Good Does It Have to Be?p. 37
Communication—What Do You Think about My Project?p. 45
Risk—What Should You Worry About?p. 63
Creating the Schedulep. 71
Budgeting—How Much?p. 81
The Rhythm of Project Executionp. 87
Keeping the Project on Trackp. 89
Controlling Changesp. 91
Success!—Closing the Projectp. 97
Building Effective Teamsp. 101
Working Project Politicsp. 103
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Whether you think you can or think you can't: either way you are right. Henry Ford I started my career in project management many years ago when a wise woman I worked for told me about a new discipline called "project management" and suggested I check it out. I signed up for a class called "Government Project Management." On the first day of class, I walked into a room with 19 men in military uniformI was the only woman and the only person from the private sector in the class. After I completed the class, my organization decided that I was now a project manager, and it gave me a very complex project to run that included changing more than 500 software modules from all parts of the organization. I delivered the project three months late and well over budget. My career continued on, with me learning from the school of hard knocks until 1995. In 1995, I attained my Project Management Professional designation from the Project Management Institute and also received a Master's Certificate in Program Management from Denver University. These two accomplishments changed my career and my outlook on project management. Since receiving these two designations, I have never missed a triple constraint on a project for which I was the project manager. Now I can't say that I haven't negotiated a new date, new Measures of Performance (MOP), or a new budget since then, but my clients and sponsors have since willingly agreed to the change based on what was best for their business and the project. What Is This LiveLesson About? This LiveLesson contains the knowledge I've gained over the years, as well as the wisdom shared by my friends who are experienced project managers. It covers the basics of good project management built on the good practices inThe Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide). It also includes tried-and-true techniques for making projects work and work well. The LiveLesson is organized into sessions that cover specific topics of project management. For example, Session 7 is about project quality; in it you will learn about processes, tools, and techniques that you can use to ensure quality on your projects. A unique feature of this LiveLesson is the collaboration between this course andMicrosoft Project for Mere Mortals by Patti Jansen. Patti's book and this course were developed in conjunction with each other. Based on that collaboration, you'll find a topic described in this course, for instance, resource leveling. You'll see this course use that feature in Microsoft Project, and then you can go to Patti's book and find detailed information about that Microsoft Project function. With this course and her book, you have everything you need to manage your next project using sound tools and techniques and Microsoft Project. Who Should Use This Course? Originally I intended this course to be an introductory project management course. As I developed it, though, I realized that many facets of this course are applicable to project managers with different levels of experience. My reviewers confirmed this; they learned about new tools and techniques while reviewing the manuscript, even though they have been project managers for many years. Here is a synopsis of what is available for each of you. New Project Managers As a new project manager, you will learn about the basics of your craft in this course. You'll find, as you get more into your newly chosen profession, that some projects need more rigor than others. I have noted throughout this course where you should apply the different processes described. You'll find techniques you can use now and some that you will probably decide to use later in your c

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