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the definitive guide to project management: the fast track to getting the job done on time and on budget, second edition
The Definitive Guide to Project Management: The fast track to getting the job done on time and on budget, Second Edition
by Sebastian Nokes; Sean Kelly

Publisher: Pearson Education Canada
Pub Date: January 01, 2007

Print ISBN-10: 0-273-71097-4

Print ISBN-13: 978-0-273-71097-4

Pages: 376
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Copyright

About the Authors

Acknowledgements

Preface to the Second Edition

List of Figures

An Introductory Case Study

Chapter 1. Introduction

Aims of this chapter

What's new about the new edition?

What do project managers really want?

Emerging standards for project management

Project management is founded on common sense

How readers can use this book

What kinds of project is this book aimed at?

Project management's nine knowledge areas

Projects as a distinct class of activity

Managing projects

The project management lifecycle

Summary

Notes

Chapter 2. Project organization, people and management

Aims of this chapter

Structure of this chapter

First thoughts

Main kinds of organization and consequences for project management

Project management system

Project organization and project roles

Managing the project team

Project lifecycle

Summary

Further reading

Notes

Chapter 3. Project management processes

Aims of this chapter

Process groups rationale and general principles

The initiating process group

The planning process group

The executing process group

The monitoring and controlling process group

The closing process group

Summary

Notes

Chapter 4. Project integration management

Aims of this chapter

What is project integration management?

The role of integration in project management

A first look at project integration management

Processes and process groups of integration management

Develop project charter

Develop preliminary project scope statement

Develop project management plan

Project initiation

Direct and manage project execution

Other project integration management tools and techniques

Summary

Further reading

Notes

Chapter 5. Project scope management

Aims of this chapter

What is project scope management?

Principles of project scope management

Scope planning

Scope definition

Create work breakdown structure

Scope verification

Scope creep

Scope control

Scope management process in action

Summary

Chapter 6. Project time management

Aims of this chapter

What is time management?

Time management in projects

Trading time

Project time management process group

Activity definition

Activity sequencing

Activity resource estimating

Activity duration estimating

Schedule development

Schedule control

Meetings and time management

Summary

Chapter 7. Cost management

Aims of this chapter

Costs matter

Key concepts

The importance of costs and financial knowledge

Scope and cost

Five rules of thumb for estimating costs

A specialist task

Cost management process groups

Cost estimating

Cost budgeting

Cost control

Summary

Further reading

Notes

Chapter 8. Quality Management

Aims of this chapter

An introduction to the concept of quality

Quality management an overview of the knowledge area

Quality and quality management defined

Quality planning

The difference between quality assurance and quality control

Summary

Further reading

Notes

Chapter 9. People Management (Human Resources)

Aims of this chapter

People matter

Project HR management processes

HR planning

Acquire the project team

Develop the project team

Manage the project team

Summary

Further reading

Chapter 10. Project Communications Management

Aims of this chapter

Why communication is important in projects

Some problems of project communication

Ten principles of project communication

A systematic approach to communications management

Summary

Further reading

Chapter 11. Project Risk Management

Aims of this chapter

What is project risk management?

Risk management principles

Risk management planning

Risk identification

Qualitative risk analysis

Quantitative risk analysis

Risk response planning

Risk monitoring and control

Summary

Chapter 12. Project Procurement Management

Aims of this chapter

What is project procurement management?

Why bother with procurement management?

How does procurement management fit in the process groups?

Critical factors in procurement

Steps in project procurement management

Contracts

Contract statement of work

Contract administration

Contract change control system

The project manager's role

The special problems of IT procurement

Centralized/decentralized contracting

Summary

Notes

Chapter 13. Professional Responsibility

Aims of this chapter

What is a profession? What is professional responsibility?

The business case for professional responsibility

The PMI and professional responsibility

Codes of ethics

Summary

Note

Appendix A. The critical chain method

Understanding activity durations

Critical chain and activity durations

Focus on critical activities

The project buffer as a diagnostic

Action summary

Notes

Appendix B. Benefits Management

The problem

Benefits management

Business benefits

Summary

Appendix C. PMI Exam Preparation

Aims of this appendix

What are the credentials offered by the PMI?

PMP or CAPM?

Exam structure

Preparing for and sitting the exam

Examples of questions

Afterword Ten Top Tips for Managing Projects

1 Know your people

2 Cultural and ethical realism

3 Know the business

4 Keep everyone happy, or at least content

5 Communicate in the most appropriate manner

6 Get a grip on the politics early

7 Consider the unexpected and allow for it

8 Don't sugar the pill. Tell it as it is

9 Consider the practical implications of high-level decisions

10 Be the good guy. Honesty, sincerity and trust

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Definitive Guide to Project Management. The Fast Track to Getting the Job Done on Time and on Budget
The Definitive Guide to Project Management: The fast track to getting the job done on time and on budget (2nd Edition)
ISBN: 0273710974
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2007
Pages: 217

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