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Project Workout The Ultimate Handbook of Project and Programme Management

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ISBN-10: 0273723898

ISBN-13: 9780273723899

Edition: 4th 2009 (Handbook (Instructor's))

Authors: Robert Buttrick

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This interactive text takes the reader step-by-step through project management, acting as a valuable executive companion to delivering successful projects and managing portfolios of projects to drive a business forward.
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Book details

List price: $34.31
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 12/15/2009
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 560
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

List of Project Workouts
Preface to the Third Edition by Peter Ellwood
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
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
Key deliverable
Process steps
The Initial Investigation Stage: Have a Quick Look at It!
Key deliverables
Process steps
The Detailed Investigation Stage: Promising . Let's Have a Closer Look
Key deliverables
Process steps
The Develop and Test Stage: Do It!
Key deliverables
Process steps
The Trial Stage: Try It Out
Key deliverables
Process steps
The Release Stage: Let's Get Going!
Key deliverable
Process steps
The Post-Implementation Review: How Did We Do?
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
Sharing projects: interdependencies
Dealing With Many Projects
Portfolios of Projects
The Business Program
What's different about business program management?
Managing the portfolio
Prerequisites for effective portfolio management
There Are Too Many Projects to Do!
Principles for selecting projects
Project authorization
Selecting the right projects
Far too many projects!
Putting the brakes on
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
Support offices
The tools to help it work: systems
Lists: keeping tabs on your projects
Harnessing web technology
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
Leadership and influence
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
Authorization to spend funds
Recording actual costs and committed costs
Financial reporting
Earned value
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 Control
Controlling change
The change control 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 - quality reviews
Closing the Project
Project closure
The closure report
The closure meeting
Closure actions
Implementing the Framework
Implementing the Framework
Advice from other companies
Corporate maturity
Finding help in implementing a projects approach
A strategy for implementation
A project process framework