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Project Management JumpStart

Project Management JumpStart

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by Kim Heldman

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Prepare for a Project Management Career—Fast!

Project Management JumpStart gives you the solid grounding you need to approach a career in project management with confidence:

  • Understanding the skills of a successful project manager
  • Creating project schedules and budgets
  • Winning the support of department managers


Prepare for a Project Management Career—Fast!

Project Management JumpStart gives you the solid grounding you need to approach a career in project management with confidence:

  • Understanding the skills of a successful project manager
  • Creating project schedules and budgets
  • Winning the support of department managers
  • Monitoring project progress and taking corrective action
  • Communicating and negotiating effectively
  • Motivating the people on whom the project depends
  • Documenting the project clearly and professionally

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The Barnes & Noble Review
If you’re going to reengineer your entire organization around ad hoc, short-term projects, you’d better have people who know how to run projects well. And when, according to Standish Group, only 28 percent of IT projects meet “basic” standards of success, we’ve clearly got a long way to go.

Smart big companies are building project management offices (often, leveraging resources they first organized for Y2K). Smart people are learning project management on their own, without being asked. Smart people in a hurry are doing it with Project Management JumpStart.

Kim Heldman has thoroughly demystified the proven principles of project management, casting them in language that anyone can understand, and use. She uses industry-standard terminology -- defining it simply, with loads of real-life analogies and examples.

You’ll start by understanding what a project is, what its life cycle looks like, and what processes must be followed in order to run a project well (from goal setting through completion, and beyond). She outlines the cross-disciplinary skills good project managers need, offering tips on developing them if you don’t have them (handle every piece of information once, leave yourself voicemail when you have an idea and no place to write it down).

Then, it’s on to the project processes, starting with “initiation.” Heldman presents an intelligent approach for identifying and prioritizing new projects, including a simple overview of methods for calculating ROI. She explains how to document stakeholder roles and responsibilities; walks through creating a project charter; and covers the kickoff meeting. There’s practical help with defining goals and scope, agreeing on deliverables, discovering requirements and critical success factors, and recognizing assumptions and constraints.

You’ll walk through defining tasks and activities associated with your product, creating work breakdown structures, setting milestones, sequencing tasks, and identifying dependencies that can bottleneck your project. There’s a full chapter on scheduling, another on budgeting, and another -- invaluable -- on assessing and planning for risks. Heldman shows how to do all this without going near Microsoft Project or any similar tool.

At some point, the plans are ready, and it’s time to execute. Heldman covers every facet of project execution, from assembling your team to negotiation and problem solving, reporting progress to identifying problems -- and fixing them before you get off track. Intelligent project managers recognize that projects change, and Heldman shows how to account for those changes, establishing procedures for incorporating them, assessing their impact on deliverables, staffing, budgets, and schedule. She wraps up with a full chapter on the end-of-project stuff folks often skip: “post mortems,” archiving project information, and the always-popular “Celebrating Your Success” phase.

When you’re ready to learn even more about project management, you’ll want to pursue PMP certification by the renowned Project Management Institute. Heldman largely utilizes PMI’s approach, so you’ll be off to a great start. (To get the rest of the way, check out Sybex’s PMP: Project Management Professional Study). Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Kim Heldman, PMP, has over ten years of project management experience, with a recent emphasis on IT. She is the Applications Development Manager for the Department of Revenue, State of Colorado, and is a 2001 PMI Colorado state chapter delegate.

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Project Management JumpStart 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kim Heldman¿s definition of a project is so broad that even people who do not work in business or government can benefit from her experience and suggestions. Although she draws on the recommendations of the Project Management Institute (PMI), she seasons its advice with helpful observations about which recommendations to follow and which to ignore. The book¿s organization is logical and easy to follow, and Heldman¿s style is generally no-nonsense and concise. She avoids jargon, and includes enough anecdotes and examples to keep the book lively and easy to follow. Few how-to books are as well executed as this one. We recommend it to anyone facing the challenge of managing a project, especially first timers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having had four years of project management experience, I was interested in reading an affordable book on this subject. This is an affordable book that gives a very good comprehensive introduction to project managment. If you are short on time, read one chapter at a time. Each chapter discusses specific project activities. The chapters build on previous chapters information, so it is beneficial to read the chapters in order. The chapters can be read separately if needed as a pm refresher. A list of questions at the end of a chapters serves as a review of the chapter material. Physically, the book is made with a glossy cover and the inside sheets are heavy non glossy sheets. The sheets hold up to limited contact with water, I learned this as I read the book by the pool.