Project Management in the Real World: Shortcuts to Success

Project Management in the Real World: Shortcuts to Success

by Elizabeth Harrin

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781902505817
Publisher: British Computer Society
Publication date: 11/23/2006
Pages: 203
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.62(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Harrin is a project manager for AXA and was previously with American Express. A PRINCE2 Practitioner, she is trained in the Six Sigma process improvement methodology as a Black Belt. An alumnus of the universities of York and Roehampton, she currently lives and works in Paris.

Table of Contents

SECTION 1: MANAGING PROJECT BUDGETS
1 Create a realistic budget
2 Calculate the true cost
3 Agree a budget tolerance
4 Track estimate to complete
5 Have a contingency fund
6 Gain buy-in for collective responsibility
7 Agree who holds signing authority
8 Watch each budget line
9 Arrange for a peer review
10 Manage the model
11 Manage projects with no budget carefully

SECTION 2: MANAGING PROJECT SCOPE
12 Keep it small
13 Work out how to manage changes
14 Include quality planning in scope
15 Work out how to track benefits
16 Eliminate ambiguity
17 Use version control
18 Put a post-project review in scope
19 Identify risks up front
20 Manage risks
21 Manage issues
22 Document assumptions
23 Involve users in scope definition

SECTION 3: MANAGING PROJECT TEAMS
24 Communicate and document changes
25 Get them to believe
26 Know the culture of your team
27 Agree who is going to sign off
28 Don’t forget the soft stuff
29 Train your sponsor
30 Bribe your team
31 Carry out stakeholder analysis
32 Present your stuff interestingly
33 Organize a party
34 Find out what motivates your stakeholders

SECTION 4: MANAGING PROJECT PLANS
35 Keep up the momentum
36 Plan first – set end date later
37 Manage fixed-date projects carefully
38 Have short tasks
39 Understand the critical path
40 Understand where you’re starting from
41 Baseline your plan
42 Record time
43 Make meetings productive
44 Delegate subplans to workstream leaders
45 Work out when you will leave

SECTION 5: MANAGING YOURSELF
46 Get organized
47 Keep your records tidy
48 Don’t lose sight of the end goal
49 Promote yourself
50 Don’t panic
51 Know what’s a showstopper
52 Learn how to facilitate
53 Get a mentor
54 Do documentation
55 Don’t be afraid to suggest they pull the plug
56 Archive effectively

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