Lessons in Project Management (BOK)

Thomas Mochal, Jeffrey Mochal

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Most of the project management books on the market are basically textbooks. They are dry to begin with, and don't focus on the practical advice that most people need to run their projects. Lessons in Project Management, Second Edition does not assume that you are a project manager building a nuclear reactor or sending a man to the moon. Instead, it focuses on the millions of people who manage normal, medium-to-large projects on an ongoing basis. Each case study in Lessons in Project Management contains an accessible, easy-to-read analysis of the challenges of real-world project management. Each problem is presented, then followed by an examination of the solution, written in easy-to-understand language. The format allows you to more easily relate to the book, since it brings into play a project scenario with practical project management lessons to be learned. You'll also recognize recurring characters who appear in multiple stories, and you'll start to develop some empathy for and interest in their struggles. What you'll learn * How to understand a problem * How to use the authors' ten-step approach to project management * How to resolve a given problem with methods appropriate to the size of the project * About underpromising and underdelivering * Tips on managing projects, such as developing rapport with project managers and team members Who this book is for No prior project management experience is assumed. This book is for the millions of people who manage projects, regardless of size. This book is quite helpful for managers in the middle of a project who may be experiencing problems. Table of Contents * Understand the Characteristics of a Project * Always Have an Identified and Committed Sponsor * Report Status on All Projects * Focus on Deadline Dates * Apply Some Level of Project Management Discipline * Define and Plan the Work * Don't "Microbuild" or Micromanage the Workplan * Hire a Diverse Project Team * Define the Many Aspects of What Is In Scope and Out of Scope * Use the "Big Three" Documents * Use Scope Change Management * Collect Metrics * Give Performance Feedback Routinely * Ensure Issues Management Is Everyone's Responsibility * Shorten Long Meetings to Sharpen the Focus * Identify the Root Cause of Problems * Use Quality Assurance Techniques to Validate Project Status * Cancel Projects That Lose Business Support * Use Risk Management to Respond to Discover Potential Problems * Focus Your Quality Management on Processes, Not People * Don't Use Your Estimating Contingency for Scope Changes * Develop a Communication Plan for Complex Projects * Scale Your Processes Based on Project Size * Plan the Project Even If You Start the Work at the Same Time * Identify the Critical Path and How This Path Drives the Deadline Date * Change Assumptions to Revise an Estimate * Don't Forget Face-to-Face Communication on Your Project * Make Quality a Mindset and Ongoing Process * Batch Small Scope Change Requests for Sponsor Approval * Manage Your Vendor Projects Proactively * Look for Risks Inherent to Your Project * Get Sponsor Approval Before Investigating Large Scope Change Requests * Make Sure the Cost of Collecting Metrics Does Not Exceed Their Value * Use Multiple Estimating Techniques * Keep Your Schedule Up to Date * Use Issues Management to Choose the Best of Bad Alternatives * Collect Metrics That Can Lead to Fundamental Improvements * Evaluate All Risk Response Options in the Risk Plan * Manage Client Expectations * Use Milestones to Track Overall Progress * Catch Errors As Early as Possible * Gain Sponsor Approval for Scope Changes Requiring Budget and Deadline Deviations * Be Proactive to Accelerate the Project Schedule * Use the Work Breakdown Structure to Identify All the Work * Write Your Status Reports From the Readers' Perspective * Update Your Risk Plan Throughout the Project * Don't Deliver More Than the Client Requested * Make One Person Responsible for Each Activity * Focus on Deadlines to Keep Your Project from Wandering * Gain Agreement on Project Metrics Ahead of Time

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Jeffrey Mochal, Thomas Mochal
Forlag
COMPUTER BOOKSHOPS
ISBN 9781430238348
Antall sider 238 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 1,3cm
Vekt 355 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Project management