Project Management

ISBN-10: 0470111240

ISBN-13: 9780470111246

Edition: 2008

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List price: $86.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 484
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.024

Defining Project Management Today
Introduction
Understanding Project Management
Defining Projects
Defining Project Management
Why Projects and Project Management?
Self-Check
Defining Project Success
Meeting Specifications
Factoring in Uncertainty
Self-Check
Comparing Project Management and General Management
Self-Check
Defining Project Roles
Considering the Project Manager's Role
Considering the Functional Manager's Role
Considering the Functional Employees Role
Considering the Role of Executives and Upper Management
Self-Check
The Project Manager as a Planning Agent
Self-Check
Identifying Project Champions
Self-Check
Meeting the Demands of Project Management
Self-Check
Classifying Projects
Self-Check
Managing Projects Off-site and On-site
Self-Check
Summary
Key Terms
Summary Questions
Applying This Chapter
You Try It
Case Study
Identifying Project Needs and Solutions
Introduction
Defining Projects
Identifying Project Needs
Confirming That a Project Addresses Identified Needs
Determining How Important a Project Is to an Organization
Self-Check
Laying the Groundwork for Project Work
Considering Project Strategy
Establishing Project Objectives
Self-Check
Defining Project Boundaries
Identifying Limitations
Determining Project Limitations
Incorporating Limitations into a Project Plan
Self-Check
Dealing with Unknowns
Self-Check
Developing a Statement of Work
Identifying Components of Statements of Work
Developing a Statement of Work
Comparing Statements of Work to Other Project Documents
Self-Check
Using Software to Manage a Project
Using Computer Software Effectively
Choosing Software
Self-Check
Summary
Key Terms
Summary Questions
Applying This Chapter
You Try It
Case Study
Organizing Projects
Introduction
Exploring Traditional Project Organization Structures
Working within Centrally Organized Structures
Working within Functionally Organized Structures
Self-Check
Choosing Matrix Organization
Self-Check
Mixed Organizational Systems
Self-Check
Summary
Key Terms
Summary Questions
Applying This Chapter
You Try It
Case Study
Planning Projects
Introduction
Planning a Project Based on Life Cycle Phases
The Conceive Phase: Starting with an Idea
The Define Phase: Establishing the Plan
The Start Phase: Getting Ready, Getting Set
The Perform Phase: Go!
The Close Phase: Stop!
Appreciating Differences in Project Life Cycles
Self-Check
Filling Participants' Roles
Confirming Team Members' Participation
Drawing up Work-Order Agreements
Assuring That Others Are on Board
Recruiting People to Fill Project Positions
Self-Check
Using Work Breakdown Structures
Thinking Hierarchically with Work Breakdown Structures
Incorporating Conditional Activities in Work Breakdown Structures
Including Activities with No Obvious Break Points
Planning Long-Term Projects
Developing Work Breakdown Structures
Self-Check
Displaying Work Breakdown Structures
The Organizational-Chart Format
The Indented-Outline Format
The Bubble-Chart Format
Self Check
Illustrating Work Relationships with Linear Responsibility Charts
Assigning Responsibilities
Reading Linear Responsibility Charts
Developing Linear Responsibility Charts
Improving the Quality of Charts
Self-Check
Working with Multidisciplinary Teams
Using Concurrent Engineering
Interface Coordination and Integration Management
Self-Check
Examining Why Plans and Projects Fail
Anticipating Common Mistakes
Responding to Reality
Detecting Potential Pitfalls Early
Self-Check
Summary
Key Terms
Summary Questions
Applying This Chapter
You Try It
Case Study
Budgeting Projects
Introduction
Examining Methods of Budgeting
Understanding the Challenges of Project Budgets
Focusing on Cost per Unit
Top-Down Budgeting
Bottom-Up Budgeting
Self-Check
Cost Estimating
Identifying Different Types of Project Costs
Developing Project Budgets
Developing Project Costs
Reviewing Budget Estimates
Self-Check
Improving Cost Estimates
Using Forms
Using Learning Curves
Using Tracking Signals
Considering Other Factors
Self-Check
Dealing with Budget Uncertainty
Re-estimating Project Budgets
Identifying Causes for Change
Responding to Changes
Revising Budgets
Self-Check
Summary
Key Terms
Summary Questions
Applying This Chapter
You Try It
Case Study
Establishing Project Schedules
Introduction
Exploring Schedule Possibilities with Diagrams
Drawing Network Diagrams
Considering Network Diagram Options
Choosing Network Diagram Formats
Self-Check
Analyzing Network Diagrams
Following Two Rules
Determining Critical Paths, Noncritical Paths, and Earliest Start and Finish Dates
Determining Slack Times and Earliest Start and Finish Dates
Sequencing Activities on Diagrams
Self-Check
Using Network Diagram to Analyze a Simple Example
Self-Check
Developing Project Schedules
Laying Down Initial Schedules
Avoiding the Pitfall of Backing in to Schedules
Meeting an Established Time Constraint
Reducing the Required Time
Self-Check
Estimating Activity Duration
Describing What Happens
Considering Resource Characteristics
Finding Sources of Supporting Information
Improving Activity Span Time Estimates
Self-Check
Displaying Project Schedules
Choosing Presentation Formats
Displaying Project Schedules as Gantt Charts
Precedence Diagramming
Self-Check
Summary
Key Terms
Summary Questions
Applying This Chapter
You Try It
Case Study
Estimating and Allocating Resources
Introduction
Estimating Who, How Much, and When
Planning Personnel Needs
Describing People's Skills and Knowledge
Self-Check
Estimating Needed Commitment
Describing Needed Personnel
Estimating Required Work Effort
Factoring in Productivity, Efficiency, and Availability
Supporting Estimates with Historical Data and Experience
Improving Work Effort Estimates
Juggling Multiple Commitments
Preparing an Initial Commitment Analysis
Resolving Potential Resource Overloads
Coordinating Assignments Across Multiple Projects
Working in Everything Else
Resource Loading and Leveling
Loading Resources
Leveling Resources
Allocating Scarce Resources
Establishing Priorities
Allocating Scarce Resources to Several Projects
Self-Check
Summary
Key Terms
Summary Questions
Applying This Chapter
You Try It
Case Study
Being an Effective Project Manager
Introduction
Selecting a Project Manager
Self-Check
Leading in a Project Environment
Practicing Both Management and Leadership
Developing Personal Power and Influence
Establishing Bases of Power
Self-Check
Holding Others Accountable to Projects
Involving People Who Really have Authority
Getting the Desired Results
Monitoring Others' Work
Self-Check
Handling Employee-Manager Problems
The Reasons Behind Micromanagement
Helping Micromanagers Gain Confidence
Working with a Micromanager
Self-Check
Handling and Avoiding Project Management Pitfalls
Determining How and Why Projects Get Off Track
Reaffirming Project Details
Introducing New Project Plan Elements
Self-Check
Summary
Key Terms
Summary Questions
Applying This Chapter
You Try It
Case Study
Involving the Right People in Projects
Introduction
Knowing and Engaging a Project's Audience
Engaging a Project's Audience
Using Categories to Create an Audience List
Ensuring that Audience Lists Are Complete and Useful
Developing an Audience List Template
Self-Check
Identifying Drivers, Supporters, and Observers
Deciding When and How to Involve Drivers, Supporters, and Observers
Using Different Methods to Involve Drivers, Supporters, and Observers
Self-Check
Involving People with Authority in Projects
Self-Check
Summary
Key Terms
Summary Questions
Applying This Chapter
You Try It
Case Study
Managing Project Teams
Introduction
Defining Team Roles and Responsibilities
Agreeing to Three Team Concepts
Assigning Project Roles Through Delegation
Delegating with Confidence
Sharing Responsibility
Holding People Accountable When They Don't Report to You
Self-Check
Establishing New Project Teams
Developing Team and Individual Project Goals
Defining Team Member Roles
Defining a Team's Operating Processes
Supporting the Development of Team Member Relationships
Helping Teams Become Smooth-Functioning Units
Self-Check
Motivating and Sustaining Project Team
Clarifying Project Benefits
Demonstrating Feasibility
Reporting and Rewarding Progress
Self-Check
Summary
Key Terms
Summary Questions
Applying This Chapter
You Try It
Case Study
Tracking Progress and Maintaining Control
Introduction
Understanding the Plan-Monitor-Control Cycle
Making Time for Planning, Monitoring, and Controlling
Monitoring Projects
Controlling Projects
Self-Check
Collecting, Analyzing, and Reporting Data
Data Collecting
Data Analysis
Reporting
Self-Check
Performing Earned Value Analysis
Defining the Key Elements of Earned Value Analysis
Considering an Example
Determining the Reasons for Observed Variances
Calculating Budgeted Cost of Work Performed
Self-Check
Designing Monitoring and Control Systems
Monitoring Schedule Performance
Monitoring Work-Effort Expended
Monitoring Expenditures
Developing Comprehensive Monitoring and Control Procedures
Identifying Possible Causes of Delays and Variances
Identifying Possible Corrective Actions
Self-Check
Responding to Scope Creep and Change Control
Self-Check
Summary
Key Terms
Summary Questions
Applying This Chapter
You Try It
Case Study
Communicating and Documenting Project Progress
Introduction
Forms of Communication
Choosing the Best Communication Approach
Sharing Information in Writing
Sharing Information Through Meetings
Self-Check
Preparing Progress Reports
Self-Check
Holding Key Project Meetings
Regularly Scheduled Team Meetings
Ad Hoc Team Meetings
Upper-Management Progress Reviews
Self-Check
Summary
Key Terms
Summary Questions
Applying This Chapter
You Try It
Case Study
Managing Risk
Introduction
Understanding Risk and Risk Management
Defining Risk and Risk Management
Choosing the Risks to be Managed
Developing a Risk Management Process
Communicating About Risks
Self-Check
Identifying Risks
Recognizing Risk Factors
Defining Risks
Self-Check
Assessing and Analyzing Risks
Assessing the Likelihood of a Risk Occurring
Assessing the Magnitude of the Consequences
Self-Check
Selecting the Appropriate Response Mechanism
Creating Risks Management Plans
Risk Monitoring and Control
Self-Check
Summary
Key Terms
Summary Questions
Applying This Chapter
You Try It
Case Study
Evaluating and Ending Projects
Introduction
Evaluating Projects
Preparing for a Post project Evaluation
Determining Evaluation Criteria
Self-Check
Project Auditing
The Project Audit Process
Participating in an Audit Report
Self-Check
Terminating Projects
Deciding When to Terminate a Project
Types of Project Termination
The Termination Process
Preparing the Project Final Report
Self-Check
Summary
Key Terms
Summary Questions
Applying This Chapter
You Try It
Case Study
Glossary
Index
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