Rational Project Manager A Thinking Team's Guide to Getting Work Done

ISBN-10: 0471721468
ISBN-13: 9780471721468
Edition: 2005
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Description: This comprehensive exploration of the project management process presents the tools, steps, and processes of project management and uncovers the critical thinking -- the why -- vital to project management excellence. Incorporating Kepner-Tregoes  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/15/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

This comprehensive exploration of the project management process presents the tools, steps, and processes of project management and uncovers the critical thinking -- the why -- vital to project management excellence. Incorporating Kepner-Tregoes renowned and effective problem-solving and decision-making processes, the book guides you through the core activities of project managementplanning, solving problems, making decisions, and assessing risk. It positions projects within an organizations "performance environment," an understanding of which is essential for effective team performance and alignment. Offering a combination of overarching insights into organizational dynamics, as well as specific processes and practices for effective management, this is a resource no project leader -- and no project team member -- should be without.

ANDREW LONGMAN is a partner and Vice President of Marketing at Kepner-Tregoe, a consultancy specializing in strategic and operational decision making and critical thinking, with headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey.JIM MULLINS is a Senior Consultant and Worldwide Product Manager for eThinkr, Kepner-Tregoe's enterprise-wide software product for tracking and improving organizational problem solving and decision making. www.kepner-tregoe.com

The Missing Pieces of the Project Management Puzzle
Project Management as the New Imperative
Project Management Unplugged
Project Management in Action
The Stuff of Projects
Today's Projects: What Makes Them Different
Today's Game Is Speed
Disembodied Goals
The Ebb and Flow of Today's Teams
The Competition for Resources
The Revolving Door
The Penchant for Complexity
Projects Aren't Going Away
The Missing Pieces of the Project Management Puzzle
What's Ahead
Project Definition
Why Are We Doing This Project
State the Project
Develop Objectives
Develop the Work Breakdown Structure
Identify Resource Requirements
Additional Definition Topics
Project Planning
Assign Responsibility
Sequence Deliverables
Schedule Deliverables
Schedule Resources
Protect and Enhance the Plan
Enhance the Plan
Additional Planning Topics
Planning Summary
Project Implementation
Are You Ready to Do the Work
Start to Implement
Monitor the Project
Modify the Project
Closeout and Evaluate
Additional Implementation Topic
Implementation Summary
Managing People in Projects
Influencing People
The Performance System
Involving People
Communicating with People
Meetings and Communication
Summary
Project Decision Making and Problem Solving
Situation Appraisal
Decision Analysis
Problem Analysis
Decision-Making and Problem-Solving Summary
Installing Project
Management within an Organization
Ensuring Systematic Use of Project Management
Installing Project Management
How Should You Install Project Management in Your Organization
A Final Word on Project Management
Index

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