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Every project is unique, a specific set of tasks aligned to meet stated requirements. But a skilled project manager uses universal processes, terms, and metrics to bring consistency and results to one project after another.

Whether you are a veteran project professional or a rookie, you too can adopt these core project management principles and improve execution of tasks and entire projects in any environment.

Improving Your Project Management Skills gives you step-by-step guidelines for:

• Better project team leadership

• Defining project scope and requirements

• Developing a work breakdown structure

• Diagramming the activity sequence and network

• Estimating work, including risk analysis and time/cost/resource trade-offs

• Producing project plans, including schedules, budgets, control processes, and more

• Monitoring and controlling projects at every stage

• Project closure and documentation

Improving Your Project Management Skills is based on the best-selling American Management Association seminar of the same name, attended by thousands of project professionals every year. The book covers the same extensive array of critical topics and provides the same powerful tools as the course, with the added advantage that you can absorb the material at your own pace and access it right in your project environment, making implementation a snap.

Your organization demands and deserves superior project execution. These powerful project tools, based on a world-class learning program and proven, universal project management tenets, will help you streamline processes, reduce costs, and ramp up productivity in your project environment.

Larry Richman is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) with more than 25 years of experience. He has developed and implemented computer-assisted project management systems and has taught project management for over a decade. He is also the author of Project Management Step-by-Step.

Synopsis:

"Each year, thousands of project managers, certified Project Management Professionals (PMPs®), and other project-focused professionals enroll in the American Management Association's project management seminars. Individuals and companies recognize the value of these courses: up-to-date, repeatable project initiatives they can implement throughout their departments and organizations to improve processes, streamline productivity, and drastically reduce costs.

Based on one of the most popular of these renowned seminars, Improving Your Project Management Skills is both a practical reference for beginners and a handy refresher for seasoned professionals. The book covers all the major areas taught in the AMA seminar of the same name: defining project scope, planning and budgeting, scheduling, implementation, project closure, and more.

A powerful learning tool and workplace reference based on a bestselling course, Improving Your Project Management Skills lets project professionals bring the power of the seminar back to their own project environments."

Synopsis:

“Any reader from novice manager to seasoned professional will find information valuable either a robust tutorial or a comprehensive refresher.”

-Quality Progress

About the Author

Larry Richman is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) with more than 25 years of experience. He has developed and implemented computer-assisted project management systems and has taught project management for over a decade. He is also the author of Project Management Step-by-Step. Mr. Richman lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Table of Contents

"Part I: Foundations for Success

Chapter 1: The Core Concepts

— Project Management Vocabulary

— Why Project Management?

— Classic Functions of Management

— Processes in the Life of a Project

— Knowledge Areas

— Other Definitions

Chapter 2: Leading and Directing Project Teams

— Leadership Aspects of Project Management

— Leadership Skills

— Leadership Theories

— Leadership Functions

— Conducting Meetings

— Conducting Information Interviews

Part II: Project Planning

Chapter 3: Defining Project Scope and Requirements

— Establish Goals and Objectives

— Establish Time, Cost, and Performance Objectives

— Goal Breakdown Structure

— Project-Scope Document

— Time, Cost, and Performance Trade-Offs

— Tools to Use in Preparing a Scope Document

— Alignment with Business Goals and Strategies

— Example Scope Document

Chapter 4: Developing the Project Work Plan: The Work Breakdown Structure

— The Work Breakdown Structure is an Outline

— The Work Breakdown Structure is a Validation Tool

— Work Breakdown Structures are Flexible

— Techniques to Create Work Breakdown Structures

Chapter 5: Defining Activity Dependencies and Creating Network Diagrams

— Network Diagrams Show Activity Sequence

— Types of Network Diagrams

— Activity Dependencies

— Overlap or Separation of Activities

— Sample Network Diagram

— Critical Path

Chapter 6: Estimating Work

— Work Breakdown Structure

— Estimate Parameters

— Estimating Methods

— Guidelines for Estimating

— Estimates Should Consider Risks

— Effort-Driven vs. Duration-Driven Estimates

— Estimates are Predictions

— Quality of the Estimate

Part III: Putting It Together

Chapter 7: Producing a Project Plan

— Components of a Project Plan

— Schedule Plan

— Resource and Budget Plans

— Resource Imbalance

— Project Cost Plan

— Control Processes

— Organization Plan

— Risk Management

— Communication Plan

— Documentation and Commitments

Part IV: Project Control

Chapter 8: Monitoring and Controlling Projects

— Project Kickoff Meeting

— Project Control

— Project Meetings

— Project Control Process

— Monitoring Project Work

— Schedule Importance

— Labor Hours

— Data Analysis

— Change Control

— Sources of Change

Chapter 9: Closing a Project

— Benefits of Project Closure

— Project Closure Ensures Project Requirements Are Met

— Projects May End in a Variety of Ways

— Closure Begins with Customer Acceptance

— Lessons Learned

— Finance and Administration Records

— Performance Reporting

— Staff Release

Appendixes

Appendix A: Recommended Reading

Appendix B: Templates for the Project Plan

Index"

Product Details

ISBN:
9780814408759
Author:
Richman, Larry
Publisher:
AMACOM
Subject:
Project management
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
English
Subject:
General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20051223
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 0.8 lb
Age Level:
17

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"Synopsis" by ,

"Each year, thousands of project managers, certified Project Management Professionals (PMPs®), and other project-focused professionals enroll in the American Management Association's project management seminars. Individuals and companies recognize the value of these courses: up-to-date, repeatable project initiatives they can implement throughout their departments and organizations to improve processes, streamline productivity, and drastically reduce costs.

Based on one of the most popular of these renowned seminars, Improving Your Project Management Skills is both a practical reference for beginners and a handy refresher for seasoned professionals. The book covers all the major areas taught in the AMA seminar of the same name: defining project scope, planning and budgeting, scheduling, implementation, project closure, and more.

A powerful learning tool and workplace reference based on a bestselling course, Improving Your Project Management Skills lets project professionals bring the power of the seminar back to their own project environments."

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“Any reader from novice manager to seasoned professional will find information valuable either a robust tutorial or a comprehensive refresher.”

-Quality Progress

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