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Fast Forward MBA in Project Management

ISBN-10: 0470247894
ISBN-13: 9780470247891
Edition: 3rd 2008
Authors: Eric Verzuh
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Description: A bestselling guide to managing projects. For any professional responsible for coordinating projects among different departments, executive levels, or projects with technical complexity, this book clearly explains how to do it on time and on budget.  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

A bestselling guide to managing projects. For any professional responsible for coordinating projects among different departments, executive levels, or projects with technical complexity, this book clearly explains how to do it on time and on budget. From finding the right sponsor to clarifying objectives to setting a realistic schedule and budget projections, this book will help everyone better manage the relationships and process needed to get the project done. This third edition is updated to reflect changes in the business environment in the past two years including: Agile Project Management Writing good requirements Using Microsoft Project Preparing for the PMI exam Managing small projects Managing IT projects Project selection and portfolio oversight

Preface
Downloadable Forms
Introduction
Project Management is the New Critical Leadership Skill
Introduction
Project Management Is the Essential Skill Set for Twenty-first Century Leaders
Project Management as a Strategic Strength
The Art and Science of Project Leadership
The Practical Foundation for Successful Projects: How This Book Will Help You
Project Management Relies on Other Disciplines
End Point
Stellar Performer: Orthospot
Foundation Principles of Project Management
Introduction
Projects Require Project Management
The Evolution of a Discipline
The Definition of Success
The Cost-Schedule-Quality Equilibrium
The Ultimate Challenge: No Damage
Project Management Functions
Project Life Cycle
Organizing for Projects
Project Managers Are Leaders
End Point
Stellar Performer: Seattle Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center
PMP Exam Prep Questions
Defining the Project
Know Your Key Stakeholders and Win Their Cooperation
Introduction
Stakeholders Are the Heart of a Successful Project
Stakeholder Roles: Project Manager
Stakeholder Roles: Project Team
Stakeholder Roles: Management
Stakeholder Roles: The Customer
Stakeholder Roles: Representatives of External Constraints
Stakeholder Roles: Advocates, Opponents, and Innocent Bystanders
Make Stakeholder Identification a Repeatable Process
Lead the Stakeholders
End Point
PMP Exam Prep Questions
Write the Rules: Five Key Documents to Manage Expectations and Define Success
Introduction
Project Rules Are the Foundation
Publish a Project Charter
Write a Statement of Work
Statement of Work: Minimum Content
Responsibility Matrix
Creating a Communication Plan
The Project Proposal Launches the Project
End Point
PMP Exam Prep Questions
The Planning Process
Risk Management: Minimize the Threats to Your Project
Introduction
The Risk Management Advantage
All Project Management Is Risk Management
The Risk Management Framework
Identify the Risks
Analyze and Prioritize the Risks
Develop Response Plans
Establish Contingency and Reserve
Continuous Risk Management
End Point
Stellar Performer: The Software Engineering Institute
PMP Exam Prep Questions
Work Breakdown Structure: Break Your Project into Manageable Units of Work
Introduction
Defining the Work Breakdown Structure
Building a Work Breakdown Structure
Criteria for a Successful Work Breakdown Structure
Work Package Size
Planning for Quality
Breaking Down Large Programs
WBS Guidelines Vary
Contractors or Vendors Can Provide a WBS
End Point
PMP Exam Prep Questions
Realistic Scheduling
Introduction
Planning Overview
Identify Task Relationships
Estimate Work Packages
Calculate an Initial Schedule
Assign and Level Resources
End Point
PMP Exam Prep Questions
The Art and Science of Accurate Estimating
Introduction
Estimating Fundamentals
Estimating Techniques
Building the Detailed Budget Estimate
Generating the Cash Flow Schedule
End Point
Stellar Performer: Tynet, Inc.
Stellar Performer: Adobe Systems
PMP Exam Prep Questions
Balancing the Trade-off Among Cost, Schedule, and Quality
Introduction
Three Levels of Balancing a Project
Balancing at the Project Level
Balancing at the Business Case Level
Balancing at the Enterprise Level
End Point
Stellar Performer: SAFECO Field
Stellar Performer: Boeing 767-400ER
PMP Exam Prep Questions
Controlling the Project
Building a High-Performance Project Team
Introduction
A Framework for Building High-Performance Teams
Leadership Responsibilities
Building a Positive Team Environment
Ground Rules
Team Identity
Team Listening Skills
Meeting Management
Summary of Building a Positive Team Environment
Collaborative Problem Solving
Problem Analysis
Decision Modes
Conflict Management
Continuous Learning
Summary of Collaborative Problem Solving
Job Satisfaction
End Point
Stellar Performer: Habitat for Humanity
PMP Exam Prep Questions
Clear Communication Among Project Stakeholders
Introduction
Project Communication
Communicating within the Project Team
Communicating with Management and Customers
Control Documents
The Change Management Process
Configuration Management
Change Management Guidelines Are Essential for Managing Expectations
Closeout Reporting
End Point
PMP Exam Prep Questions
Measuring Progress
Introduction
Measuring Schedule Performance
Measuring Cost Performance
Earned Value Reporting
Cost and Schedule Baselines
End Point
PMP Exam Prep Questions
Solving Common Project Problems
Introduction
Responsibility Beyond Your Authority
Disaster Recovery
Reducing the Time to Market
When the Customer Delays the Project
The Impossible Dream
Fighting Fires
Managing Volunteers
Achieving the Five Project Success Factors
End Point
Advancing Your Practice of Project Management
Enterprise Project Management: Coordinate All Projects and Project Resources in Your Organization
Introduction
Defining Enterprise Project Management
Three Tiers of Management within EPM
The Four Components of EPM
Establish Consistent EPM Processes
Technology Enables EPM Processes
The People Who Deliver Projects
Support Project Management: The Project Office
End Point
Project Portfolio Management: Align Project Resources with Business Strategy
Introduction
Project Portfolio Management as a System
Building the Initial Portfolio
The Portfolio Changes with the Enterprise
End Point
Requirements Engineering: The Key to Building the Right Product
Introduction
Requirements Engineering and Project Management Are Intimately Connected
Requirement Types Illustrate the Evolving Product Vision
Requirements Engineering Scope and Processes
Requirements Development Activities
Requirements Management Activities
Requirements Documentation Techniques
Requirements Engineering Demands Discipline
End Point
Applying Lean Principles to Projects
Introduction
Lean Principles for Project Managers
Lean Techniques Tailored to Project Management
A Word of Caution-Practicing Lean Is Customer-Specific
End Point
PMP Exam Preparation
Introduction
What Are the Requirements to Earn the PMP?
Top 10 Study Tips for the PMP Exam
End Point
Microsoft Project: Guidelines for Effective Use
Introduction
Project Management Software Supports the Discipline
Looking Under the Hood: The Design of Project
Set Up the Project First
Follow the Planning Model in This Book
Task Types: Fix the Duration, Work, or Resource Level
Assigning Resources to a Project
Resource Leveling Your Schedule
Maintaining the Plan Throughout the Project
Communicating with Your Team and Management
Project Server and Project Web Access
End Point
The Detailed Planning Model
Notes
Index

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