Practical Project Management: Tips, Tactics, and Tools / Edition 1by Harvey A. Levine
You've reached a critical phase in your project. Suddenly, your carefully planned schedule begins to fall apart and the entire project is in jeopardy. What do you do? Pick up this comprehensive, authoritative guide and flip quickly and easily to the appropriate section. There you'll find expert, practical guidance that will help you overcome the problem, minimize… See more details below
You've reached a critical phase in your project. Suddenly, your carefully planned schedule begins to fall apart and the entire project is in jeopardy. What do you do? Pick up this comprehensive, authoritative guide and flip quickly and easily to the appropriate section. There you'll find expert, practical guidance that will help you overcome the problem, minimize its impact on the project, and make sure it doesn't happen again.
Practical Project Management gives you the know-how, the techniques, and the skills you need to take complete control of any project from beginning to end. You'll learn how to keep mistakes and surprises to a minimum and recover quickly when they occur. And you'll master each critical skill set in this multifaceted discipline, including:
* Project scoping
* Task planning and scheduling
* Resource planning and workforce management
* Budgeting and cost control
* Risk and contingency management
* Change management
* Project closeout
Giving you the full benefit of his nearly forty years of experience as a project manager and consultant, author Harvey Levine provides scores of proven tips, tricks, and problem-solving techniques that you won't find anywhere else. He also helps you select the project management software that's best for your type of project and shows you how to use it to your greatest advantage.
Whether you're a working project manager in need of a completely reliable ready reference or a newcomer who needs to proceed step by step from basic concepts to advanced skills, Practical Project Management is the resource you need-now and for years to come.
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Table of Contents
1. Setting Up the Project Management Operation.
1.1 About Projects and Project Management.
1.2 Organizing for Project Management.
1.3 Does Your Company Need a CPO?
1.4 Implementing a Computer-based Project Management Capability.
2. Getting Started.
2.1 Project Initiation Techniques.
2.2 Do You Weebis? Clarifying WBS, OBS, and RBS.
2.3 Project Life Cycles.
3.1 Critical Path Scheduling.
3.2 Critical Path, Critical Chain, and Uncertainty: Exploring Concepts of Shared Contingency.
3.3 Estimating Task Durations.
3.4 How Important Are Schedules and Time Compression?
3.5 Practical Scheduling.
4. Resource and Workforce Management.
4.1 An Overview of the Different Elements of Resource Management.
4.2 Role-based Needs for Managing Resources in a Project-driven Organization.
4.3 Resource Leveling and Games of Chance.
4.4 Practical Resource Scheduling.
5. Budgeting and Cost Control.
5.1 Concepts and Issues of Project Budgeting and Cost Control.
5.2 Software Support for Cost Management.
6. Risk Management and Contingency.
6.1 Using and Managing Contingency.
6.2 Risk Management for the Sigmaphobic: Managing Schedule, Cost, and Technical Risk and Contingency.
6.3 Some Computer-based Approaches to Schedule Risk Analysis.
7. Maintaining the Plan.
7.1 Change Control and Scope Management.
7.2 Real-time Status versus Period Data.
7.3 Automatic Project Management: A Classic Oxymoron.
8. Performance Measurement.
8.1 Measuring the Value of Work Accomplishment.
9. Project Portfolio Management.
9.1 Defining and Implementing Project Portfolio Management.
9.2 Bridging the Gap between Operations Management and Projects Management: The Important Role of Project Portfolio Management.
9.3 Project Selection and Risk: Risk Management Is an Essential Part of Project Portfolio Management.
10. Project Management, Enterprise Project Management, and Enterprise Resource Planning.
10.1 The Search for Automated, Integrated, Enterprise-wide Project Management: Minnesota Smith and the Temple of Unrealized Dreams.
10.2 Integrating PM and ERP.
11. Project Management and Professional Services Automation.
11.1 Defining the PSA Market.
11.2 Building PSA Solutions.
12. Tools of the Trade.
12.1 A Simplified and Balanced Approach to PM Software Selection.
12.2 New Names for Old Games: Rebadging Sound and Proven PM Concepts.
12.3 The e Revolution: Collaboration Services, B2B, Gateways.
13. Making Project Management Work.
13.1 Implementing Project Management: Commitment and Training Ensure Success.
13.2 Making Project Communication Work: Everything You Need to Know about Project Communication.
13.3 Why Project Management Implementation Programs Fail.
13.4 Teams, Task Forces, and Bureaucrats.
13.5 The Psychological Contract: How to Stimulate Initiative and Innovation in Any Organization.
13.6 Shared Rewards.
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