Project Management Basics: How to Manage Your Project with Checklists

Project Management Basics: How to Manage Your Project with Checklists

by Melanie McBride

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Learn step-by-step instructions for managing any project in a clean sequence of five classic phases—initiating, planning, executing, releasing, and closing. This book sets out clearly and engagingly which tasks need to be done and when, how, and why they need to be done. Each chapter on one of the five phases walks you through all the steps in that phase’s workflow, which are laid out in a checklist attached to the chapter. The checklists are graphically supplemented by flow charts and swim lane diagrams. The master checklist serves as a map and tool for project managers to use in the real world to run projects and keep them on track.

Senior project manager and PM mentor Melanie McBride understands the predicament of beginning and junior project managers: "You're at the edge of a tornado, bombarded by overly excited people offering you a Mission Impossible. Everywhere you look there are cool shiny things swirling around your head—the earnest coworker telling you to go agile, the software package promising a turnkey collaboration solution, the PMO with an arm-long list of required processes. So how do you avoid getting whacked in the head by that airborne Mac truck of a customer commit? Oh, and what exactly do you need to do to get those flying monkeys to shut up?"

Project Management Basics slips the spinning project manager into the eye of the storm where things are quiet and it’s easy to figure out what to do next using the author’s detailed checklists and hard-headed advice. She shows that project management doesn’t have to be "a chaotic hot mess, leaving you with an egg-beater hairdo." With McBride’s book and checklists in hand, even first-time project managers can pull off controlled, flying-monkey–free projects.

What You Will Learn

• See the essential duties of a project manager

• Master the project management life cycle in five phases

• Discover the what, when, how, and why of PM tasks presented in detailed steps

• Leverage checklists for optimum efficiency and throughput

• Adapt workflow controls to low-PM organizations

• Enhance PM with vogue methodologies without obscuring the basics

Who This Book Is For

Beginning and junior project managers seeking a concise, authoritative guide to the basics of project management, together with checklists, flow charts, and swim lane diagrams for immediate use in real-world projects.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484220856
Publisher: Apress
Publication date: 08/12/2016
Edition description: 1st ed.
Pages: 153
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Melanie McBride, PMP, is a Technical Project Manager at Intel Corporation. With over 15 years’ experience managing projects in the semiconductor industry, she has worked variously as product development project manager, operations project manager, and vendor development manager. McBride is a recognized subject matter expert at Intel, where she writes a weekly blog on project management best practices. She speaks regularly at such professional conferences as PMI’s Global Congress. She holds an MS in physics from Texas Tech University. McBride is the author of Managing Projects in the Real World.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Stripping Down Project Management to the Chassis

Part I: The Mechanics

Chapter 2 Getting Started On Your Project

Chapter 3 Planning Your Project

Chapter 4 Executing Your Project

Chapter 5 Releasing Your Project

Chapter 6 Closing Your Project

Part II: Reality Check

Chapter 7 Chopping Down Your Project in a Low-PM Shop

Chapter 8 PMPing Your Projects with Flashy Methodologies

Chapter 9 Steering Your Projects with Flexible Checklists

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