HBR Guide to Project Management

ISBN-10: 1422187292
ISBN-13: 9781422187296
Edition: 2013
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Book details

List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 1/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Overview
The Four Phases of Project Management
What's involved in planning, build-up, implementation, and closeout-and how these processes overlap
The Cast of Characters
Who's who in project management
Planning
A Written Charter
Your marching orders
Dealing with a Project's "Fuzzy Front End"
you can't eliminate uncertainty in the early stages of a complex project-but you can manage it
Performing a Project Premortem
Learn from your project while it's still alive and well
Will Project Creep Cost You-or Create Value?
Set strict limits on scope, but be flexible when major opportunities arise
Build-Up
Setting Priorities Before Starting Your Project
Three steps for staying on track
Boost Productivity with Time-Boxing
Tips for getting your team's calendars-and yours-under control
Scheduling the Work
Put the horse before the cart
HBR Case Study: A Rush to Failure?
When does speed trump quality?
Getting Your Project Off on the Right Foot
Set your project up for success with a well-planned launch
The Discipline of Teams
Mutual accountability leads to astonishing results
Implementation
Effective Project Meetings
Run your meetings well, and infuse your project with energy and direction
The Adaptive Approach to Project Management
What to do when your usual decision tools cease to be useful in the face of uncertainty
Why Good Projects Fail Anyway
The risks that come with big projects-and how to manage them
Monitoring and Controlling Your Project
Don't be afraid to revise your plan
Managing People Problems on Your Team
Make sure people stay on task, pull their, weight, work together, and meet quality standards
The Tools of Cooperation and Change
What to do when people disagree on goals, how to achieve them, or both
Don't Throw Good Money (or Time) After Bad
How to avoid chasing after sunk costs
Closeout
Handing off Authority and Control
Gauge your success before wrapping things up
Capturing Lessons Learned
Four steps to an effective after-action review
Glossary
Index

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