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The Project Manager

In this chapter

  • Review the different roles played by the project manager
  • Review the key skills every project manager should possess
  • Learn why some project managers are much more successful than others
  • Understand the common mistakes made by many project managers

As we reviewed in Chapter 1, the project manager has many activities to perform, challenges to overcome, and responsibilities to uphold over the life of a project. Depending on your individual experiences, your industry background, and the manner in which project management has been implemented, this review may have been quite enlightening to you.

To ensure that we have a common understanding on what a project manager does, we'll review the different roles a project manager plays over the life of a project, and we'll discuss the prerequisite skills that are needed to perform those roles. Most importantly, we'll accelerate your learning curve by sharing the characteristics of successful project managers and the common mistakes made by many others.

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





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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