Streetwise Project Management: How to Manage People, Processes, and Time to Achieve the Results You Need

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Project management is one of the hottest topics in business right now, and with good reason -- over 2/3 of projects are completed behind schedule and over budget! What's more, outside project management consultants can charge thousands of dollars for a mere consultation. Streetwise Project Management is a thorough guide to project management for any business owner, department, or project manager. Unlike other introductory guides on the market, which simplistically focus on the HR side of project management. ...
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Overview

Project management is one of the hottest topics in business right now, and with good reason -- over 2/3 of projects are completed behind schedule and over budget! What's more, outside project management consultants can charge thousands of dollars for a mere consultation. Streetwise Project Management is a thorough guide to project management for any business owner, department, or project manager. Unlike other introductory guides on the market, which simplistically focus on the HR side of project management. Streetwise Project Management also explains project management methods, diagrams, software, evaluation, and review techniques -- in an intelligent layperson's style. Techniques for working with teams, conflict resolution, and negotiating office politics are also covered. Streetwise Project Management will help you sidestep the issues that can potentially derail a project getting done on time and on budget.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781580627702
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Series: Adams Streetwise Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
Part I Kick-Starting Project Management
Chapter 1 Why Are Projects So Difficult? 3
Chapter 2 Becoming a Streetwise Project Manager 13
Chapter 3 Project Management Makes the Critical Difference 21
Part II The Life Cycle of a Project
Chapter 4 The Birth of a Project 33
Chapter 5 How Planning Works 41
Chapter 6 Executing Your Project Plan 55
Chapter 7 Controlling Your Project 65
Chapter 8 Wrapping It Up 77
Part III How to Launch a Project the Right Way
Chapter 9 The Principle of the Objective 85
Chapter 10 The Triple Constraints 89
Chapter 11 Keep Your Friends Close, But Your Stakeholders Closer 105
Chapter 12 Negotiating a SMART Objective 115
Chapter 13 Writing a Project Charter 123
Part IV Mysteries of Planning Revealed
Chapter 14 The Devil Is in the Details 133
Chapter 15 The Work Breakdown Structure 143
Chapter 16 Building a Network Diagram 157
Chapter 17 Estimating Time and Resources 179
Chapter 18 Developing a Gantt Chart 187
Chapter 19 Project Management Software 203
Part V Risk, Quality, and Other Planning Concerns
Chapter 20 The Nine Knowledge Areas of Project Management 211
Chapter 21 Planning for Project Risks 225
Chapter 22 Planning for Quality 241
Chapter 23 Budgeting and Cost Estimating 257
Chapter 24 Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) 269
Chapter 25 Critical Path Method (CPM) 283
Part VI Executing, Tracking, and Adjusting the Project
Chapter 26 Teams in Project Management 297
Chapter 27 Task Management and Control 305
Chapter 28 Baselines and the Tracking Gantt Chart 315
Chapter 29 Managing Meetings and Status Reporting 325
Chapter 30 Problem-Solving Strategies 337
Part VII Closing Out the Project
Chapter 31 Finishing the Project the Right Way 349
Chapter 32 Evaluate and Celebrate! 355
Chapter 33 Resources and Tools 361
Appendix A Glossary 369
Appendix B Bibliography 377
Index 381
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2008

    Great guidance & then some!

    I went looking for a book that would paint an over-arching broad-brush of Project Management plus have some concrete details that I could sink my teeth into. This book served both those purposes extremely well without losing me in the deep mud!

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