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project management jumpstart
Project Management JumpStart
by Kim Heldman  ISBN:0782142141
Sybex © 2003 (400 pages)

This guide gives you the solid grounding you need to approach a career in project management with confidence. Coverage includes gaining support, communication, negotiation & motivation skills, and much more.

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Project Management JumpStart
Chapter 1 - Building the Foundation
Chapter 2 - Developing Project Management Skills
Chapter 3 - Initiating the Project
Chapter 4 - Defining the Project Goals
Chapter 5 - Breaking Down the Project Activities
Chapter 6 - Planning and Acquiring Resources
Chapter 7 - Assessing Risk
Chapter 8 - Developing the Project Plan
Chapter 9 - Budgeting 101
Chapter 10 - Executing the Project
Chapter 11 - Controlling the Project Outcome
Chapter 12 - Closing the Books
Appendix A - Answers to Review Questions
Appendix B - Sample Project Management Forms
Appendix C - Sample Project Management Checklists
List of Tables

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Project Management JumpStart gives you the solid grounding you need to approach a career in project management with confidence.

  • The basic skills of a successful project manager
  • Creating project schedules and determining project budgets
  • Winning the support of department managers
  • Monitoring project progress, resources, and budgets
  • Communication and negotiation skills
  • Tips for motivating people who don't work for you
  • Effective documentation skills for essential project management documents

Project Management JumpStart

Kim Heldman, PMP

San Francisco London

Associate Publisher: Neil Edde

Acquisitions Editor: Elizabeth Hurley Peterson

Developmental Editor: Colleen Wheeler Strand

Production Editor: Kylie Johnston

Technical Editor: Patti Jansen

Copyeditor: Linda Recktenwald

Compositor: Kate Reber, Happenstance Type-O-Rama

Graphic Illustrator: Jeff Wilson, Happenstance Type-O-Rama

Proofreaders: Emily Hsuan, Laurie O'Connell, Nancy Riddiough

Indexer: Nancy Guenther

Book Designers: Maureen Forys and Kate Kaminski, Happenstance Type-O-Rama

Cover Designer: Richard Miller, Calyx Design

Cover Illustrator/Photographer: Mel Curtis

Copyright © 2003 SYBEX Inc., 1151 Marina Village Parkway, Alameda, CA 94501.

World rights reserved. No part of this publication may be stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, or reproduced in any way, including but not limited to photocopy, photograph, magnetic, or other record, without the prior agreement and written permission of the publisher.

Library of Congress Card Number: 2003100047

ISBN: 0-7821-4214-1

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To BB, my best friend and forever love


Writing a book, like any project, requires a dedicated team of folks working together to produce the end product. Once again I've had the privilege to work with the dedicated, talented staff at Sybex to write this book.

First, I'd like to especially thank Elizabeth Hurley Peterson and Neil Edde for giving me the opportunity to write this book. I can't express how grateful I am that you took a chance on a new venue and on me. Thank you, Elizabeth, for suggesting this book; I have had a fantastic time writing it.

Thank you, Colleen Strand, the development editor for this book. What a wonderful help and inspiration you've been! Colleen's terrific suggestions have made this book much better than it would have been otherwise. Thank you for never telling me "enough already" when I sent just one more e-mail about some topic, change, or suggestioneven up to the last minute.

Kylie Johnston, the production editor, did a terrific job as usual. Thank you for keeping me on track and coordinating all those last-minute fixes. Thanks also to Linda Recktenwald, the copy editor, for cleaning up all my grammatical blunders and for some great suggestions for improvement and clarification of the text.

As always, there are a host of behind-the-scenes folks who put a great deal of effort into making this book the best it can be. Thanks to these folks at Sybex as well: Kate Reber of Happenstance Type-O-Rama, for compositing the book; Jeff Wilson of Happenstance Type-O-Rama, for creating the line art; Emily Hsuan, Laurie O'Connell, and Nancy Riddiough, for proofreading the pages; and Nancy Guenther, for indexing the book.

Another special thanks to Patti Jansen, who reviewed every word of this book for accuracy and adherence to sound project management principles. Her suggestions and comments were valid and helpful, and they served to make the book stronger and the material clearer. Thanks, Patti.

Many times throughout the writing of this book I had the great pleasure of working side-by-side with my granddaughter, Kate. You may be astonished by this, but, at four years old, she's written her first book (she's a genius, what can I say?). I must say she wrote her book much faster than I wrote this one. Juliette, another very special sweetie, worked with me many times as well (she's a genius, too).

Last but not least, thank you to my husband and best friend, BB. You are truly an inspiration to me, and without your support, encouragement, and prayers, I wouldn't be where I am today.