Delivering Exceptional Project Results

ISBN-10: 1604270403
ISBN-13: 9781604270402
Edition: 2010
Authors: Jamal Moustafaev
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Book details

List price: $99.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: J. Ross Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/15/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 344
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

This practical guide analyzes the interrelationships of project management,

Preface
Prologue
About the Author
Foreword
Web-Added Value™
Introduction
Historical Perspective: Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!
Why Did I Decide to Write This Book? The Manifesto
Is It All Really Interconnected?
The Origin of This Interconnected Concept
Applying the Scientific Approach
Do We Know How to Gather Business Requirements?
Do Companies Need Help?
Summary
What Is Project Management, and Do You Really Need It?
Historical Perspective: The Curious Case of Arthur Wellesley
How Are We Doing With Projects Today?
Is Managing Projects Easy?
Is the Reality Changing?
What Is Project Management?
The Project Manager's Responsibilities
The Project Manager's Dual Personality Disorder
Do You Need Project Management?
Summary
Things You Probably Didn't Know About Estimation
Historical Perspective: You Are Not an American, Are You?
Are We Good at Estimating?
What Are the Root Causes?
What Can We Do?
Estimates, Targets, Commitments: What is the Difference?
There Is Uncertainty in the Estimation Process
The Cone of Uncertainty
Do Not Set Yourself Up for Failure
Accuracy Versus Precision Versus Reliability
Efforts and Duration
Work With All the Degrees of Freedom
Presenting Your Estimates Properly
Beware of These Difficulties
Summary
Are We Supposed to Negotiate on Projects?
Historical Perspective: Operation Husky-Allied Forces and Don Calo
What is Negotiation?
How to Negotiate on Projects
Negotiations in the Real World: Where to Start
What Is the Alternative?
Summary
How and Why Do We Write Project Charters?
Historical Perspective: Initiation Barbarossa
Who Needs Project Charters?
The Project Charter Contents
Risk Management
How Big Should the Project Be to Warrant a Project Charter?
Summary
Kick-starting Your Projects-The Scope Definition Perspective
Historical Perspective: M247 Sergeant York Story
What Is the State of the Industry?
Defining the Initial Scope
The Problem Versus Solution Discussion
Constraints, Preferences, and the Tilt Concept
Summary
Defining the Detailed Scope: How and Where Do You Find Requirements?
Historical Perspective: Roses, Stars, and the Sun
Eliciting Detailed Scope
What Are the Criteria for Quality Scope Items?
Assigning Priorities-Games People Play
How Do You Know When to Stop?
Walkthroughs and Peer Reviews
Summary
Who Needs Creativity in Projects and How Do You Cultivate It?
Historial Perspective: British Redcoats and American Rebels
Introducing Creativity
What Are the Tactical Methods at the Project Manager's Disposal?
What Are the Strategic Methods at the Executive's Disposal?
Summary
How Do You Incorporate Scope Definition into Project Management?
Historical Perspective: Raise the City or Lower the Highway?
A Word About Methodologies
Initiation
Planning
Other Approaches to Initiation and Planning
Execution and Control
Close Out
Summary
How Do You Write a Great Project Plan?
Historical Perspective: Operation Overlord: Planning for Private Ryan
Several Important Disclaimers
The Project Plan Contents
Overview
Project Scope Management
Project Time Management-Schedule and Milestones
Project Human Resources Management
Project Communications Management
Summary
How Do You Troubleshoot Scope Problems?
Historical Perspective: General Hadik and the Glove Fiasco
Skills Issues
Product or Service Issues
Project Management Issues
Scope Elicitation Issues
Documentation Issues
Scope Management Issues
Summary
Who Needs Walkthroughs, Inspections, and Peer Reviews?
Historical Perspective: Mutiny on the High Seas
The Overlooked Techniques
Peer Reviews, Inspections, and Walkthroughs
How to Conduct Walkthroughs, Inspections, and Peer Reviews
Summary
Why Should You Manage Scope and Customer Expectations?
Historical Perspective: The Camel Is a Horse Designed by Committee
How Formal Should Scope Management Be?
Managing Scope and Stakeholder Expectations
How Much Do Things Change and Why?
How Do You Manage Project Scope?
What Does a Good Change Request Look Like?
What Is the Impact of the Change?
Documentation
Summary
Why Invest Time and Effort in the Lessons Learned Document?
Historical Perspective: The Case of Backfiring Reparations
What Is Lessons Learned?
Why Are They Neglected?
Why Do Lessons Learned?
How Do You Write Lessons Learned?
Summary
How Do You Select the Best Projects?
Historical Perspective: The Steppe Winds and the Virgin Lands
The Story of Two Project Requests
Some Statistics
What Executives Want
Project Portfolio Management
Project Portfolio Management Explained
Project Portfolio Management Process Overview
Project Versus Portfolio Management: The Typewriter Effect
What Happens Without Project Portfolio Management?
What Is Needed for Project Portfolio Management?
Summary
How and Why Do You Need to Maximize Portfolio Value?
Historical Perspective: The South Sea Bubble
Determining the Project Value: Financial Models
Determining the Project Value Using Scoring Models
Summary
How and Why Do You Need to Balance Your Project Mix?
Historical Perspective: Battle of Cr�cy-The Optimal Balance
Why Seek Balanced Portfolios?
What Dimensions Should Be Considered?
Bubble Charts
Popular Dimensions
Several Words of Caution
Summary
How and Why Do You Need to Link Portfolio to Strategy?
Historical Perspective: Strategic Blunders of the British Admiralty
Why Should Companies Worry About Strategic Alignment?
What Are the Key Strategy Alignment Methodologies?
Top-down Approach
Bottom-up Approach
Top-down Bottom-up Approach
A Word of Caution About Using Time-to-market as a Strategic Criteria When Selecting Projects
Summary
How Do You Implement It All?
Historical Perspective: British Navy in the Age of Sail-Strategy and Tactics
Why Should You Bother With Project Portfolio Management (PPM)?
PPM Implementation
What Are the Key Steps in the Evaluation Process?
What Are the Main Challenges and Issues?
Lessons Learned from Past Implementations
Summary
References
Index

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