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Project Management Overview

In this chapter

  • Clarify what project management is and "is not" (it's likely more than you think)
  • Learn why projects are challenging to manage
  • Understand why project management is the key to the future growth of any organization
  • Learn why the future of project management is bright and why becoming a certified project manager may be a wise career move
  • Review the latest trends in project management that may impact your first opportunity

Since your perceptions surrounding project management will vary depending upon work experiences, education, industry, and roles, it's important to establish some "common ground" before we venture down the road of learning what a project manager must do to be successful in his/her first opportunity.

This chapter provides the "common ground" by clarifying what constitutes project management and why project management is important to both your future and the future of your organization.

Part i. Project Management Jumpstart

Project Management Overview

The Project Manager

Essential Elements for any Successful Project

Part ii. Project Planning

Defining a Project

Planning a Project

Developing the Work Breakdown Structure

Estimating the Work

Developing the Project Schedule

Determining the Project Budget

Part iii. Project Control

Controlling a Project

Managing Project Changes

Managing Project Deliverables

Managing Project Issues

Managing Project Risks

Managing Project Quality

Part iv. Project Execution

Leading a Project

Managing Project Communications

Managing Expectations

Keys to Better Project Team Performance

Managing Differences

Managing Vendors

Ending a Project

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Absolute Beginner[ap]s Guide to Project Management
Absolute Beginner[ap]s Guide to Project Management
ISBN: 078973821X
EAN: N/A
Year: 2006
Pages: 169
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