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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management (Absolute Beginner's Guides)

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Why learn project management the hard way?

 

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Project Management, Second Edition will have you managing projects in no time! Here’s a small sample of what you’ll learn: 

  • Key concepts and fundamentals behind best-practice project management techniques
  • The mindset and skill set of effective project managers
  • Project techniques that work in any industry, with any tools
  • The common elements of successful projects
  • Lessons from failed projects
  • The value and importance of project leadership versus project management
  • How to manage growing project trends and tough project types that first-time project managers are likely to encounter
  • How to make better use of Microsoft Project
  • How to respond when project reality does not match textbook scenarios
  • Expert insight on key project management concepts and topics

 You’ve just been handed your department's biggest project. Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management will show you exactly where to start–and walk you step by step through your entire project! Expert project manager Gregory Horine shows you exactly what works and what doesn’t, drawing on the field’s proven best practices. Understand your role as a project manager...gain the skills and discover the personal qualities of great project managers...learn how to organize, estimate, and schedule projects effectively...manage deliverables, issues, changes, risks, quality, vendors, communications, and expectations...make the most of technology...manage virtual teams...avoid the problems that trip up new project managers! This new edition jumpstarts your project management expertise even faster, with all-new insights on Microsoft Project, challenging project situations and intriguing project management topics of the day.

 

Synopsis:

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management, 2/e, is the easiest, fastest way to become an effective, efficient project manager. Long-time project leader and consultant Gregory Horine makes project management more accessible than it's ever been, offering a relentlessly clear and practical introduction to every skill new PMs need, no matter what industry or environment they're working with, or what tools they're using. This easy-to-use tutorial and reference walks through every step of project management from start to finish. Horine covers topics ranging from building project budgets and schedules through managing vendors, and shares indispensable insights about the human side of project leadership. Along the way, he reveals what works and what doesn't, covering everything from IT and outsourced projects to virtual teams. The first edition of this book earned raves for its simplicity, clarity, and real-world insight - and, above all, for its friendly, mentoring style. This new edition has been thoroughly updated, and includes an entirely new section designed to help new project managers get up to speed even faster. The new section includes chapters on using Microsoft Project more effectively, performing "What if" project analyses, managing special project situations, and leveraging today's hottest project management concepts and trends.

Synopsis:

Why learn project management the hard way?

 

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Project Management, Second Edition will have you managing projects in no time! Here’s a small sample of what you’ll learn: 

  • Key concepts and fundamentals behind best-practice project management techniques
  • The mindset and skill set of effective project managers
  • Project techniques that work in any industry, with any tools
  • The common elements of successful projects
  • Lessons from failed projects
  • The value and importance of project leadership versus project management
  • How to manage growing project trends and tough project types that first-time project managers are likely to encounter
  • How to make better use of Microsoft Project
  • How to respond when project reality does not match textbook scenarios
  • Expert insight on key project management concepts and topics

 You’ve just been handed your department's biggest project. Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management will show you exactly where to start–and walk you step by step through your entire project! Expert project manager Gregory Horine shows you exactly what works and what doesn’t, drawing on the field’s proven best practices. Understand your role as a project manager...gain the skills and discover the personal qualities of great project managers...learn how to organize, estimate, and schedule projects effectively...manage deliverables, issues, changes, risks, quality, vendors, communications, and expectations...make the most of technology...manage virtual teams...avoid the problems that trip up new project managers! This new edition jumpstarts your project management expertise even faster, with all-new insights on Microsoft Project, challenging project situations and intriguing project management topics of the day.

 

About the Author

Gregory M Horine (Indianapolis, IN) is a PMP/CCP-certified business technology and IT project management professional who has achieved nineteen years of successful results across multiple industries through the use of servant leadership principles. His primary areas of expertise and strength include project management and leadership; complex application development; enterprise solution development; business process analysis and improvement; data analysis and transformation; package implementation and integration; vendor and procurement management; regulatory and process compliance; and the effective use of project management tools. He is co-author of PMP Exam Cram 2.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

    About This Book.

    Who Should Read This Book?

    How This Book Is Organized.

    Conventions Used in This Book.

I. PROJECT MANAGEMENT JUMPSTART.

1. Project Management Overview.

    What Is Project Management...Exactly?

    What Is the Value of Project Management?

    Why Are Projects Challenging?

    Growing Demand for Effective Project Managers? 

    Trends in Project Management.

2. The Project Manager.

    One Title, Many Roles.

    Key Skills of Project Managers.

    Qualities of Successful Project Managers.

    15 Common Mistakes of Project Managers.

3. Essential Elements for Any Successful Project.

    What Exactly Is a "Successful" Project?

    Learning from Troubled Projects.

    Learning from Successful Projects.

    Essential Project Manager Toolkit.

II. PROJECT PLANNING.

4. Defining a Project.

    Setting the Stage for Success.

    How Does Defining a Project Relate to Project Planning?

    Project Definition Document.

    Project Definition Checklist.

5. Planning a Project.

    Key Project Planning Principles.

    Important Questions Project Planning Should Answer.

    Building a Project Plan.

    Summary of Supplemental Project Plan Components.

    Project Plan Checklist.

6. Developing the Work Breakdown Structure.

    What Is a WBS Exactly? 

    Why Is the WBS Important?

    The Process of Building a WBS.

7. Estimating the Work.

    Next Step in the Schedule Development Process.

    Managing the Risk, Managing the Estimates.

    Reasons for Estimating Woes.

    Powerful Estimating Techniques and Methods.

    Best Practices.

8. Developing the Project Schedule.

    The Impact of the Project Schedule.

    The Goal of the Schedule Development Process.

    Key Inputs for Building a Schedule.

    Creating a Schedule.

9. Determining the Project Budget.

    The Impact of the Project Budget.

    Principles of an Effective Budget.

    Creating a Project Budget.

    Common Budget Challenges.

III. PROJECT CONTROL.

10. Controlling a Project.

    What Is Project Control? 

    Management Fundamentals for Project Control.

    Powerful Techniques for Project Control.

    Performance Reporting.

    Variance Responses.

    Leveraging Earned Value Management Concepts.

    Common Project Control Challenges.

    Lessons from Project Recoveries.

11. Managing Project Changes.

    What Exactly Is a Project Change and What's the Big Deal Anyway?

    Fundamentals for Managing Project Change.

    What Causes Unplanned Scope Changes? 

    Essential Elements of a Project Change Control System.

    Powerful Techniques for Minimizing Project Changes.

    Common Project Change Control Challenges.

12. Managing Project Deliverables.

     "Managing Project Deliverables" Means What Exactly? 

    Why Do This? It's Too Much Work.

    Identify, Protect, and Track: The Principles of Managing Work Products.

    Best Practices.

    Configuration Management Plan.

    Common Challenges and Pitfalls.

13. Managing Project Issues.

    The Goals, Objectives, and Principles of Project Issue Management.

    Key Features of Issue Management System.

    Options for Issue Log.

    Best Practices.

    Some Special Situations.

14. Managing Project Risks.

    Key Risk Management Principles.

    The Essential Process for Managing Project Risks.

    The Common Sources of Project Risk.

    Typical Problems.

    Powerful Risk Control Strategies.

    Are You Sure It's a Risk?

15. Managing Project Quality.

    What Is "Project Quality"?

    Unique Aspects of Managing Project Quality.

    Principles of Managing Project Quality.

    Powerful Tools and Techniques for Project Quality.

    Powerful Quality Strategies.

    Typical Quality-Related Challenges.

IV. PROJECT EXECUTION.

16. Leading a Project.

    More Than Managing.

    Where Is Leadership Needed on a Project?

    Twelve Keys to Better Project Leadership.

    Power of Servant Leadership Approach.

17. Managing Project Communications.

    What Are Project Communications?

    The Importance of Project Communications.

    Why Communicating Can Be Tough.

    Seven Powerful Principles.

    Best Practices of Effective Project Communicators.

18. Managing Expectations.

    Value of Reviewing Stakeholder Expectation Management.

    Critical Aspects of Expectations.

    Seven Master Principles of Expectation Management.

    Essential Elements of Managing Expectations.

19. Keys to Better Project Team Performance.

    High-Performing Teams.

    Ten Key Principles.

    Proven Techniques.

    Special Situations.

20. Managing Differences.

    Five Key Principles.

    Proven Techniques for Leading Cross-Functional Projects.

    Proven Techniques for Leading Cross-Cultural Projects.

    Proven Techniques for Leading Virtual Projects.

21. Managing Vendors.

    First, Let's Clarify a Few Terms.

    Ten Proven Principles of Vendor Management.

    Twelve Tips for Buyers.

    Seven Tips for Sellers.

    Twelve Key Project Management Skills for Better Vendor Management.

    Stuff You Need to Know About Contracts.

22. Ending a Project.

    Three Key Principles.

    Project End Checklist-13 Important Steps.

    Common Project Closing Challenges.

    Methods for Ending a Contract or a Project.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780789731975
Publisher:
Que
Subject:
Management Science
Author:
Horine, Gregory M.
Author:
Horine, Greg
Subject:
Project management
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Absolute Beginner's Guides
Publication Date:
20090123
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.1 x 7 x 0.902 in 689 gr

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"Synopsis" by , Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management, 2/e, is the easiest, fastest way to become an effective, efficient project manager. Long-time project leader and consultant Gregory Horine makes project management more accessible than it's ever been, offering a relentlessly clear and practical introduction to every skill new PMs need, no matter what industry or environment they're working with, or what tools they're using. This easy-to-use tutorial and reference walks through every step of project management from start to finish. Horine covers topics ranging from building project budgets and schedules through managing vendors, and shares indispensable insights about the human side of project leadership. Along the way, he reveals what works and what doesn't, covering everything from IT and outsourced projects to virtual teams. The first edition of this book earned raves for its simplicity, clarity, and real-world insight - and, above all, for its friendly, mentoring style. This new edition has been thoroughly updated, and includes an entirely new section designed to help new project managers get up to speed even faster. The new section includes chapters on using Microsoft Project more effectively, performing "What if" project analyses, managing special project situations, and leveraging today's hottest project management concepts and trends.
"Synopsis" by ,

Why learn project management the hard way?

 

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Project Management, Second Edition will have you managing projects in no time! Here’s a small sample of what you’ll learn: 

  • Key concepts and fundamentals behind best-practice project management techniques
  • The mindset and skill set of effective project managers
  • Project techniques that work in any industry, with any tools
  • The common elements of successful projects
  • Lessons from failed projects
  • The value and importance of project leadership versus project management
  • How to manage growing project trends and tough project types that first-time project managers are likely to encounter
  • How to make better use of Microsoft Project
  • How to respond when project reality does not match textbook scenarios
  • Expert insight on key project management concepts and topics

 You’ve just been handed your department's biggest project. Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management will show you exactly where to start–and walk you step by step through your entire project! Expert project manager Gregory Horine shows you exactly what works and what doesn’t, drawing on the field’s proven best practices. Understand your role as a project manager...gain the skills and discover the personal qualities of great project managers...learn how to organize, estimate, and schedule projects effectively...manage deliverables, issues, changes, risks, quality, vendors, communications, and expectations...make the most of technology...manage virtual teams...avoid the problems that trip up new project managers! This new edition jumpstarts your project management expertise even faster, with all-new insights on Microsoft Project, challenging project situations and intriguing project management topics of the day.

 

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