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Visualizing Project Management A Model for Business and Technical Success

ISBN-10: 047135760X

ISBN-13: 9780471357605

Edition: 2nd 2000

Authors: Kevin Forsberg, Howard Cotterman, Hal Mooz

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"The authors' technical skill and work-environment experience are abundantly apparent in the real-world methodology they bring to the study and understanding of the importance of project management to the success of any organization."-From the Foreword by Norman R. Augustine. Chairman of the Executive Committee, Lockheed-Martin Corporation Effective project management is an essential skill in virtually every professional and technical setting and, like any skill, it is best mastered through the right combination of in-depth, expert training and hands-on experience.Visualizing Project Management, Second Edition is today's best resource for both. Delivered by a trio of authors whose combined project management experience is unequaled in the field-a team that has been an integral part of the development of project management from the 1950s to the present-the processes and techniques in this landmark book have been confirmed through the experiences of over 30,000 working project managers and over 100 corporations.Profound in its simplicity yet unique in its completeness, the integrated approach presented in Visualizing Project Management focuses on the four essential elements of project management:1. Common Vocabulary: Terms and jargon are defined as they are introduced, minimizing the vocabulary problems that can lead to conflict and undermine otherwise successful teamwork.2. Teamwork: Each of the fundamentals of real teamwork-from common conduct to shared rewards-is discussed, along with strategies to strengthen this vital component.3. The Sequential Project Cycle: Valuable lessons are provided to enable you to develop a template for project-unique tactics as well as achieve project-to-project continuity.4. Management Elements: The authors provide all the techniques and tools you need to guide a project to its successful conclusion-the achievement of stated objectives, within budget and time constraints.Visualizing Project Management shows you how to breathe life into each of these inanimate project elements. The result is a working guidebook for total project management success-and a tangible model for moving your organization and career forward into the exciting new millennium. An Integrated Approach to Results-Oriented Project ManagementBetter . . . Faster . . . Cheaper . . .Today's take-no-prisoners competitive environment has made this the project management mantra for 2000 and beyond. Enlightened project managers know: Unless you can identify accurately the correct benchmark and correctly isolate how to surpass it, your organization will succeed only in producing a better, faster, cheaper failure.The bestselling Visualizing Project Management first set the standard for effective project management in 1996, and introduced models that have been adopted by over 100 leading government and private organizations. In this Second Edition, the authors have revised the tools and techniques that changed the foundations of project management in order to help you better understand, compete, and win in today's lightning-fast global business arena.A few short years ago, the insights and ideas in Visualizing Project Management invented the wheel. Now, its pioneering authors refine your understanding of the project management wheel, as they simplify and clarify the complexities of project management and system engineering.Also includes a dynamic CD-ROM-Visual Project Management (Visual PM)-providing an interactive software version of the book's revolutionary process model, a guided tour of a commercial project cycle, vocabulary definitions, sample document templates, and more.
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Book details

List price: $50.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/24/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 355
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

Introduction: A Successful Future Depends on Successful Projects
Visualizing Project Management: Realizing Success
Why Is Project Management a Critical Issue?
The Future of Most Organizations Depends on Successful Projects
It's Alarmingly Commonplace for Project Teams to Fail--Some Do Well, But Most Do Not
Why Do Projects Have a Dismal Performance Record?
Why Is Project Management So Difficult?
Exercise: Project Successes and Failures
Why Model Project Management?
Why Model Anything?
The Essentials of a Project Management Model
The Limitations of Current Models
Exercise: Project Management Models
Visualizing Project Management
The Four Essentials for Every Project
A Common Vocabulary--Conspicuous by Its Absence
Project Teamwork
The Sequential Project Cycle
The Situational Project Management Elements
Visualizing the Project Management Process
Exercise: Project Management Techniques
The Essentials of Project Management
Project Vocabulary
To Succeed at Project Management, You First Have to Communicate Clearly
We All Speak English, Don't We?
Each Project Needs Its Own Terminology Baseline
Some Critical Control Gates Have Critically Confused Titles
A Few Words for the Book (This Book, That Is)
You Can Lead a Horse to Water...
Exercise: Vocabulary
Why Do So Many Teams Fail?
The Fundamentals of an Effective Teamwork Environment
Techniques for Building and Sustaining Teamwork: The Work of Teamwork
When Is Your Group Really a Team?
Exercise: Teamwork
Team Structure Exercise
The Project Cycle
Define a Project Cycle or Wander through the Institutional Forest
The Study Period Yields a High Return on Investment
The Implementation Period Is for Acquisition or Development
The Operations Period Is for Fulfilling the Users' Needs
The Importance of Control Gates
The Three Aspects of the Project Cycle: Business, Budget, and Technical
System Engineering Is Vitally Important to the Technical Aspect
The Vee Model: A Tool for Managing the Technical Aspect
Applications of the Technical Aspect
Baseline Management
Tailoring the Project Cycle
Shortening the Project Cycle Time
Project Cycle Exercise
The Project Management Elements
Project Requirements
The Potential for Low-Risk Hardware and Software Solutions
Requirements Element Exercise
Organization Options
Organization Options Exercise
The Project Team
Project Team Exercise
Project Team Exercise Answer
Project Planning
Planning Element Exercise
Risks and Opportunities
Opportunity and Risk Element Exercise
Project Control
Project Control Element Exercise
Project Visibility
Project Visibility Exercise
Project Status
Using TPMs and Margin Management to Obtain Technical Status
Corrective Action
Project Leadership
Leadership Element Exercise
The Implications for a Successful Future
The Future Waves and Undercurrents
Exposing the Undertow--the Hidden Enemies of Project Management
So Much to Learn--So Little Time
The Payoff
Applying the Process
"Better, Faster, Cheaper"
Mars Pathfinder
The Buyer Project
The Therac-25 Project
General Observations
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