Project Management Survival: A Practical Guide to Managing & Delivering Challenging Projects

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Richard Jones, a technology consultant, gives advice on managing real projects – those projects where resources are scarce, time is short, and things may already be going wrong.  He gives an overview of basic project definitions and types of teams, then shows how to quickly diagnose problems in an existing project.  He describes how to start a new project from scratch or rebuild a troubled existing project, focusing on creation of a realistic plan for managing the project.  A final section gives ...

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Project Management Survival: A Practical Guide to Leading, Managing and Delivering Challenging Projects

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Overview

Richard Jones, a technology consultant, gives advice on managing real projects – those projects where resources are scarce, time is short, and things may already be going wrong.  He gives an overview of basic project definitions and types of teams, then shows how to quickly diagnose problems in an existing project.  He describes how to start a new project from scratch or rebuild a troubled existing project, focusing on creation of a realistic plan for managing the project.  A final section gives advice on getting the right information to make decisions and updating the plan to reflect changing situations.

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"[A] valuable tool that can help project managers at any stage in a project establish a realistic view of the project... This one belongs on the bookshelf." — PM Boulevard

"There's no shortage of guides to surviving in the business jungle, but this one knows where the watering holes are." — Engineering Management

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749453916
  • Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Jones is a founding partner of Ventura Team LLP.  He has spearheaded technology development and implementation projects for major companies including Shell, Universal Studios, British Steel, and British Telecom.

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Table of Contents

UNDERSTANDING PROJECTS: What are projects and why do they fail? Dead project walking – why you need to kill projects.

WHERE ARE WE? Diagnosing an existing project.

GETTING THE RIGHT INITIAL PLAN: Leading projects; Project scope and initialization; Agreeing objectives; Milestones; Refining milestones; Activities/work breakdown structure; Assigning resources; Time estimation; Resource availability; Dependencies; Risk and mitigation.

GETTING THE PLAN RIGHT: Optimizing the plan.

STAYING ON TRACK: Roles, responsibilities and communication; Updating the plan; Monitoring progress; Handling issues; Controlling change; Project closure.

APPENDICES: The changing nature of projects; About project software; Project management approaches and methodologies.

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