Project Management

ISBN-10: 0321423453
ISBN-13: 9780321423450
Edition: 2008
Authors: Claudia M. Baca
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List price: $54.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
Publication date: 6/25/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Praise for "Project Management for Mere Mortals(R) " " "Project Management for Mere Mortals" is a must read for all project managers with responsibilities for large or small projects, regardless of industry or product. Baca has cleverly taken the (sometimes) difficult lexicon of project management and distilled it into easy-to-read, understandable concepts. Her case study examples lead Project Managers from Project Initiation through Project Close-and those between-with ease. In today' s growing discipline of Project Management, we must understand the potential hurdles and where to capitalize on prior knowledge. Baca is a Project Management guru. No person involved with the execution of projects should be without this book... ever." -Lisa Marie Jacobsen, CAPM, Project Manager, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania " "Project Management for Mere Mortals" is an excellent book for the beginning as well as the experienced project manager. At the elementary level, the concepts are clearly explained, and at the advanced level, hints and tips are explained that give new insight to the concepts. I especially liked the case studies that applied each chapter' s lessons." -Kaaren A. Walsh, PMP " This book is an excellent learning tool for beginning Project Managers and a terrific resource for experienced Project Managers." -Janene A. Luders, PMP "Project Management for Mere Mortals(R) " strips away the myths and mysteries of effective project management, giving you the skills, tools, and insights to succeed with your next project-and every project after that. Long-time project manager and trainer, Claudia Baca, walks youthrough all five process groups of project management: initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling, and closing. Baca examines each process group from the perspectives of the working project manager and team member, highlighting the organizational issues most likely to arise and offering proven solutions. For each process group, she presents tools you can start using right now-and demonstrates those tools at work in a realistic running case study. This guide takes you from the absolute basics through advanced techniques, such as measures of performance and change control. You' ll learn how to - Accurately scope projects and build workable timetables - Create trustworthy budgets and use them to manage your project - Organize work assignments for maximum efficiency - Build project teams, and keep them motivated - Intelligently assess quality goals, and decide " how good it has to be" - Identify and mitigate the real risks your project will encounter - Control changes and stay on track, no matter what surprises occur - Close projects successfully, and learn lessons for future projects - Gain crucial skills you' ll need for PMI certification This book has been crafted to support professionals who are new (or almost new) to project management, as well as experienced project managers who want to handle complex projects and organizational politics more effectively. Whatever your role or assignment, it' s your fastest route to deep project management mastery. Contents "Foreword by Kim Heldman, PMP xv" "Preface xvii" "Acknowledgments xxv" "About the Authorxxvii" Chapter 1 Setting the Project Management Context 1 Chapter 2 You' ve Been Assigned a Project! 19 Chapter 3 How Big Is This Project? 53 Chapter 4 Laying Out the Work 99 Chapter 5 The Art of Estimating 131 Chapter 6 Quality-How Good Does It Have to Be? 169 Chapter 7 Communication-What Do You Think About My Project? 207 Chapter 8 Risk-What Should You Worry About? 257 Chapter 9 Creating the Schedule 291 Chapter 10 Budgeting-How Much? 331 Chapter 11 The Rhythm of Project Execution 369 Chapter 12 Keeping the Project on Track 397 Chapter 13 Controlling Changes 421 Chapter 14 Success!-Closing the Project 441 Answers to the Review Questions 457 Glossary 471 Bibliography 477 Index 479

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Setting the Project Management Context
Concepts
What Is Project Management?
Role of the Project Manager
The Hierarchy of Project Management
Organizational Structures
Life Cycle
Teaming
Empathy
Negotiation
Influencing
Walking the Talk
Ego in Check
Politics
Summary
Case Study
Review Questions
You've Been Assigned a Project!
Chartering the Project
Formal Chartering
Informal Chartering
Measures of Performance
Defining MOPs
MOPs and the Triple Constraints
More about MOPs
Putting Together a MOP
Preliminary Scope Statements
Project Costs
Starting the Project Plan
Teaming
Politics
What's in it for Them?
How Much Power Do You Really Have?
Summary
Case Study
Review Questions
How Big Is This Project?
Defining the Scope
Product Requirements
Setup Step
Requirements Gathering Step
Confirming the Requirements Step
Baseline and Control Step
Creating the WBS
Desk Testing
Teaming
Politics
Summary
Case Study
Review Questions
Laying Out the Work
Defining Tasks
Creating the List of Tasks
Completion Criteria
Sequencing the Work
Dependencies
Dependency Relationships
Creating a Network Diagram
Teaming
Politics
Summary
Case Study
Review Questions
The Art of Estimating
Estimating Definitions
Estimating Techniques
Analogous Estimating
Parametric Estimating
Bottom-Up Estimating
Three-Point Estimating
Reserve Analysis
Expert Judgment
What to Estimate
Resource Estimation
Duration Estimation
Cost Estimation
Teaming
Politics
Preset Duration
When the Boss Creates the Estimates
Summary
Case Study
Review Questions
Quality-How Good Does It Have to Be?
Before You Plan
Quality Standards
Quality Policy
Planning Quality In
The Cost of Quality
The Cost of Conformance
The Cost of Nonconformance
Teaming
Decision Log
Forcing Conflict
Politics
Scenario: The Climber
Scenario: The Digger
Summary
Case Study
Review Questions
Communication-What Do You Think About My Project?
Communication 101
Who Are the Recipients?
Timing Is Everything
Why Do This Communication?
What to Communicate?
Know Your Recipients-General
Know Your Recipients-Special Handling
Teaming
Politics
Summary
Case Study
Review Questions
Risk-What Should You Worry About?
What Is Your Risk Strategy?
Identifying Risk
How Do You Gather Risks?
Not All Risks Are Created Equal
Impact
Probability
Response Planning
Getting Ready for Risks to Occur
Teaming
Politics
Summary
Case Study
Review Questions
Creating the Schedule
Pulling the Work Together
Calculating Critical Path
Calculating Critical Path for the TTR Project
Applying PERT Estimates
Assigning and Leveling Resources
Schedule Compression
Crashing
Fast-Tracking
Descoping
Understanding the Flow of the Work
Teaming
Politics
Summary
Case Study
Review Questions
Budgeting-How Much?
Budgeting 101
Building the Budget
Reserves
Fees
Reconciling the Budget
Budget Crashing
Descoping
Cost Baseline
Teaming
Politics
Summary
Case Study
Review Questions
The Rhythm of Project Execution
All About Execution
Creating the Baselines
Getting into a Rhythm
Status Meetings
Issues Management
The Work of Project Execution
Types of Work
Quality Audits
Teaming
Politics
Summary
Case Study
Review Questions
Keeping the Project on Track
Monitoring and Controlling Variance
Variance Analysis
Earned Value Technique
Determining the Impact
Corrective Action
Other Monitoring and Controlling Activities
Controlling and Monitoring Project Risks
Controlling and Monitoring the Product of the Project
Monitoring the Implementation of Changes from Change Control
Teaming
Politics
Summary
Case Study
Review Questions
Controlling Changes
The Concept of Change Control
The Process of Change Control
The Change Control Process Step by Step
Change Tracking
Teaming
Politics
Summary
Case Study
VNLE Activities Going Well
VNLE Activities Needing Improvement
Review Questions
Success!-Closing the Project
Preparing for Implementation
Readiness Review
Scope Verification
Turnover
Closing the Project
Lessons Learned
Celebrate!
Teaming
Politics
Summary
Case Study
Review Questions
Answers to the Review Questions
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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