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Project Workout A Toolkit for Reaping the Rewards from all your Business Projects

ISBN-10: 027364436X

ISBN-13: 9780273644361

Edition: 2nd 2000

Authors: Robert Buttrick

List price: $34.00
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Projects are an important strategic management tool and a way of life for every business person. But how do you get started and ensure a successful outcome? This book takes the reader step by step through project management, acting as a companion and guide to ultimate project success. The book provides: a practical, hands-on, diagnostic guide offers help at every stage from building a team right up to reaping the rewards new edition will be redesigned both inside and out includes a CD for interactive work shows how to measure critical factors & diagnose the difficulties of implementation demonstrates how to analyse both the project as a single entity and the complexities of simultaneous projects shows how to assess resource strategy and management, analyse one's understanding of the business culture and improve project tracking
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Financial Times/Prentice Hall
Publication date: 3/24/2000
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 496
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

List of Project Workouts
Foreword by Robert Heller
Acknowledgments
Preface to the Second Edition by Greg Clarke
Introduction
Challenges To Be Faced
Challenges We Need to Face
Problems, More Problems. Initiatives Fail, Are Canceled, or Never Get Started - Why?
Advice the Best Companies Give Us
The Study. The Lessons and Their Implications.
But We''re Different: Organization Context.
Conclusion
A Walk Through A Project
The Project Framework: an Overview of its Gates and Stages
Projects as Vehicles of Change.
Stages and Gates.
The Project Framework.
Some Key Questions.
How Can I Apply the Framework?
Who Does What?
The Players
The Proposal: Identify the Need
Overview.
Key Deliverable.
Process Steps
The Initial Investigation Stage: Have a Quick Look at It!
Overview.
Key Deliverables.
Process Steps
The Detailed Investigation Stage: Promising
Let''s Have a Closer Look
Overview.
Key Deliverables.
Process Steps
The Develop and Test Stage: Do It!
Overview.
Key Deliverables.
Process Steps
The Trial Stage: Try It Out
Overview.
Key Deliverables.
Process Steps
The Release Stage: Let''s Get Going!
Overview.
Key Deliverable.
Process Steps
The Post-Implementation Review: How Did We Do?
Overview.
Key Deliverable
Applying the Staged Framework
Four Types of Project.
Fitting Into the Staged Framework.
Small Stuff, or ''Simple'' Projects.
Rapid Projects.
"Just Do It" Projects: Loose Cannons. Big Stuff, or Projects and Subprojects.
Work Packages
A Few Related Projects: Programs
Programs. Sharing Projects: Interdependencies
Dealing With Many Projects
Portfolios of Projects
The Business Program. What''s Different about Business Program Management? Managing the Portfolio
There Are Too Many Projects to Do!
Principles for Selecting Projects.
Putting these Principles into Practice.
Far Too Many Projects!
Have I Got the Resources?
Conditions for Total Resource Planning.
White Space: The Freedom to Change.
How Can I Meet the Three Conditions? How Detailed Does Resource Forecasting Need To Be?
An Environment for Managing your Portfolio
New Structures for Old.
The Tools to Help It Work: Systems.
Lists: Keeping Tabs On Your Projects.
What Would Such a System Look Like? Management Accounting Systems.
Putting Your Systems Together
Making Projects Work For You
Project Teams and Style
Culture: The Way We Do Things Around Here.
Project Teams and Style.
I Thought You Were Doing That!: Accountability
Project Setup
How to Go About It.
Set Up the Project Team.
Prepare a Project Definition.
Prepare the Project Plan.
Define Your Project Organization.
Engage Your Stakeholders
Managing Benefits
Benefits and Drivers.
Forecasting Benefits.
Timing of Benefits
Managing the Schedule
The Project Schedule.
Summary and Detailed Schedule Plan.
Tracking Progress Toward Your Objectives.
Schedule Reports.
Reports Used When Drafting a Plan.
Report Used to Update the Forecast.
Reports Used for Progress Reporting.
So Why are We Nearly Always Late?
Managing the Finances
The Financial Plan.
Financial Management Controls.
Estimating the Costs and Benefits (Preparing The Financial Plan).
Authorization to Spend Funds.
Recording Actual Costs and Committed Costs.
Financial Reporting
Managing What Might Go Wrong (or Right): Risks and Opportunities
Considering Possible Risks and Opportunities. Addressing Risk at the Start of the Project. Addressing Opportunities at the Start of the Project. Monitoring Once the Project Is in Progress. Tips On Using the Risk and Opportunity Log. More Sophisticated Risk Evaluation Techniques
Managing What Has Gone Wrong (or Right!): Issues
What Do We Mean by ''Issues?'' When an Issue is Identified.
Tips on Using the Issues Log
Let''s Do It Differently!: Change Management
Managing Change.
The Change Management Process.
Accountabilities for Change Decisions.
The Change Request Form
Reviews and More Reviews
Keeping Sight of the Objectives.
Review When a Proposal is Raised.
Review at the Detailed Investigation Gate.
Reviews During the Project.
Project Closure Review.
Post-Implementation Review.
Recording Agreement When You Need To
Closing the Project
Project Closure.
The Closure Report.
The Closure Meeting.
Closure Actions
Implementing The Framework
Implementing the Framework
Advice from Other Companies.
Finding Help in Implementing a Projects Approach.
A Strategy for Implementation
Brainstorming
Glossary
A Project Process Framework
Index