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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 color book covers:

  • Why Project Management is important
  • The 6 fundamental truths of project ...
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Overview

The Principles of Project Management lays out clear steps that anyone can follow to get projects done right, and delivered on time.

This full color 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.

From the Back Cover

Every project you manage will be unique. Scope, budgets, team dynamics, and timeframes will differ. As a project manager, the most important factor in achieving project success will be your understanding of The Principles Of Project Management.

This book will show you that project management isn't rocket science: using the information contained in this book, you'll deliver projects on time and on budget, again and again.

With The Principles Of Project Management you'll:

  • Learn how to start every project on the right foot.
  • Master the planning, execution, and control of your projects.
  • Discover the secrets of effective communication and change management.
  • Identify project warning signals and learn to keep your projects on track.
  • Understand the benefits of using the right tools, resources, and people.
  • Learn how to give a superstar project handover.
  • And much, much more
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980285864
  • Publisher: SitePoint Pty, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     xv
Who Should Read This Book?     xv
What's Covered In This Book?     xvi
The Book's Web Site     xvi
Project Management Cheat Sheets     xvi
Updates and Errata     xvii
The SitePoint Forums     xvii
The SitePoint Newsletters     xvii
Your Feedback     xvii
Acknowledgments     xviii
Conventions Used In This Book     xix
Tips, Notes, and Warnings     xix
So What Is Project Management Anyway?     1
What Is Project Management?     2
Understanding the Project Life Cycle     3
Failure to Launch ... or Land     4
Negative Perceptions of Project Management     6
It's Boring     6
It Takes Too Long     7
It's Too Hard     7
What Project Management Isn't     8
Why You Need PM Skills     9
What's In It for Me?     9
The Underlying Principles of Project Management     10
Doing PM Right Is an Investment In Making the "Real Work" Matter     10
People Problems Can't Be Solved with Software     11
If it Doesn't Add Value, it Won't Get Done     12
TheBest Tool Is the One that Works and Gets Used     12
The Best Way to Communicate Is the Way That Gets You Heard     14
Choosing the Right Tools and Processes Is the PM's Most Important Job     14
Summary     15
Getting Started     17
Discovery: Finding the Projects     17
Picking the Best Projects     21
Identifying the Opportunities     21
Comparing the Opportunities     23
Ranking and Choosing Opportunities to Pursue     24
Spotting Bad Projects     26
Project, or Day-by-day Improvement?     28
Discovery Tools and Practices     29
Who Are All These People?     33
Stakeholders     33
Stakeholder Tools and Best Practices     39
Initiating Your Project     43
The Purpose of Initiating     43
The Process of Initiating     44
Initiation Tools and Best Practices     44
Seven Essential Steps for a Successful Initiation     50
Summary     51
Getting The Job Done     53
Planning     53
Why Plan?     54
What to Plan     55
How to Plan     56
Tools and Best Practices     71
Executing     77
Let Your Team Have Ownership     77
The Link to Personal Productivity     78
Tools and Best Practices     78
Controlling     80
Are You on Track?     80
Measuring Deliverables     81
Measuring Everything Else     82
Risks, Issues, and Bugs     84
Verification Versus Validation     85
Looping Back to Plan     86
Tools and Best Practices     86
Summary     88
Keeping It Smooth     91
Communication and Collaboration     91
Communication     92
Collaboration     99
Tools and Best Practices     113
Managing Change     122
Types of Change     122
Change Control     124
Tools and Best Practices     127
Summary     131
Following Through     133
Closing the Project     133
Knowing When You're Done     134
Handling a Total Disconnect     137
Closing a Project     139
Tools and Best Practices     142
What Comes Next?      147
Defining Your Role     147
The Superstar Handover     149
Tools and Best Practices     151
Summary     153
Looking to the Future     153
The Next Project ... and the Rest     154
Tools     155
Initiating     155
Project Proposal Template     155
Measuring Value Creation     156
Project Organization Chart     158
Communication Plan Template     159
Project Initiation Document     159
Typical Kickoff Meeting Agenda     162
Planning, Executing, and Controlling     162
Project Plan Template     162
Work Breakdown Structure     163
Gantt Chart     164
Risk Management Plan Template     164
Balance Quadrant     165
Estimation Techniques     165
Issue List Template     166
Project Status Update Template     169
Change Request Template     169
Planning Software     170
Tracking Software     174
Closing     175
Project Sign-off Template     175
Customer Feedback Questionnaire Template     176
Lessons Learned Summary Template     177
Project Documentation Template     178
Resources     181
Books     181
Blogs and Web Sites     183
Professional Qualifications     185
Associations and Qualifications     185
Glossary     187
Index     193

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008

    VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    Do you find yourself responsible for executing projects and need some guidance on how to get the job done? If you do, then this book is for you! Author Meri Williams, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that shows you how to get projects completed and delivered on time. Williams, begins by explaining why Project Management is a difficult thing to do effectively. Then, the author explains why leading teams, managing schedules and implementing ideas, takes a lot of focus and hard work. Next, she gives advice on work styles and issue tracking. The author also discusses why stand-up meetings are very difficult to prepare for. She continues by showing you why closing on handling is a total disconnect. Finally, the author discusses how to measure operational success, ongoing support and maintenance. This most excellent book aims to lay out clear steps to get projects done right and on time. But, more importantly, the author designed this book for people who are working on larger projects by themselves.

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