Master your Minecraft
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Best Books of the Year | December 7, 2014

    Gigi Little: IMG Best Kids' Books of 2014



    No, I'm sorry, it's impossible. The best kids' books of 2014? The best? Can't do it. There have been entirely too many exceptional examples of the... Continue »
    1. $11.87 Sale Board Book add to wish list

      Countablock

      Christopher Franceschelli and Peskimo 9781419713743

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$9.50
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Local Warehouse Business- Project Management

More copies of this ISBN

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

by

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

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

 

Book News Annotation:

This guide to project management, now in its second edition, is designed for IT professionals who must manage a project for the very first time. Horine has 20 years of experience as an IT project management professional, and he provides examples of both successes and failures to illustrate effective skill sets and best practices in action. This book employs a user-friendly format with plenty of graphics and photographs to clarify such tasks as organization, scheduling, estimations of cost and time, vendor relations and communication flow. The new edition presents a tutorial on Microsoft Project and additional discussions of management topic and trends. A free online version of this guide is available with purchase of the print edition. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Expert project manager Horine reveals exactly what works and what doesn't for managing projects. His new edition jumpstarts 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.

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     1

About This Book     1

Who Should Read This Book?     3

How This Book Is Organized    3

Conventions Used in This Book     4

 

PART I    PROJECT MANAGEMENT JUMPSTART     5

 

Chapter 1   Project Management Overview     7

What Is Project Management…Exactly?     8

What Is the Value of Project Management?     12

Why Are Projects Challenging?     13

Growing Demand for Effective Project Managers?     15

Trends in Project Management     16

Chapter 2   The Project Manager     21

One Title, Many Roles     22

Key Skills of Project Managers     23

Qualities of Successful Project Managers     25

15 Common Mistakes of Project Managers     27

Chapter 3   Essential Elements for Any Successful Project     29

What Exactly Is a “Successful” Project?     30

Learning from Troubled Projects     31

Learning from Successful Projects     34

Essential Project Manager Toolkit     36

 

PART II   PROJECT PLANNING     41

Chapter 4   Defining a Project     43

Setting the Stage for Success     44

How Does Defining a Project Relate to Project Planning?     44

Project Definition Document     45

Project Definition Checklist     49

Chapter 5   Planning a Project     55

Key Project Planning Principles     56

Important Questions Project Planning Should Answer     58

Building a Project Plan    59

Summary of Supplemental Project Plan Components     66

Project Plan Checklist     69

Chapter 6   Developing the Work Breakdown Structure     71

What Is a WBS Exactly?     72

Why Is the WBS Important?     78

The Process of Building a WBS     79

Chapter 7   Estimating the Work     85

Next Step in the Schedule Development Process     86

Managing the Risk, Managing the Estimates     88

Reasons for Estimating Woes     88

Powerful Estimating Techniques and Methods     90

Best Practices     92

Chapter 8   Developing the Project Schedule     97

The Impact of the Project Schedule     98

The Goal of the Schedule Development Process     100

Key Inputs for Building a Schedule     101

Creating a Schedule     102

Chapter 9   Determining the Project Budget     113

The Impact of the Project Budget     114

Principles of an Effective Budget     115

Creating a Project Budget     116

Common Budget Challenges     120

 

PART III  PROJECT CONTROL     123

Chapter 10  Controlling a Project     125

What Is Project Control?     126

Management Fundamentals for Project Control     129

Powerful Techniques for Project Control     130

Performance Reporting     133

Variance Responses     135

Leveraging Earned Value Management Concepts     136

Common Project Control Challenges     139

Lessons from Project Recoveries     141

Chapter 11  Managing Project Changes     145

What Exactly Is a Project Change and What’s the

Big Deal Anyway?     146

Fundamentals for Managing Project Change     149

What Causes Unplanned Scope Changes?     150

Essential Elements of a Project Change Control System     151

Powerful Techniques for Minimizing Project Changes     154

Common Project Change Control Challenges     156

Chapter 12  Managing Project Deliverables     159

“Managing Project Deliverables” Means What Exactly?     160

Why Do This? It’s Too Much Work     161

Identify, Protect, and Track: The Principles of Managing

Work Products     162

Best Practices     163

Configuration Management Plan     167

Common Challenges and Pitfalls     169

Chapter 13  Managing Project Issues     171

The Goals, Objectives, and Principles of Project Issue Management     172

Key Features of Issue Management System     173

Options for Issue Log     175

Best Practices     176

Some Special Situations     178

Chapter 14  Managing Project Risks     181

Key Risk Management Principles     182

The Essential Process for Managing Project Risks     183

The Common Sources of Project Risk     187

Typical Problems     190

Powerful Risk Control Strategies     192

Are You Sure It’s a Risk?     193

Chapter 15  Managing Project Quality     197

What Is “Project Quality”?     198

Unique Aspects of Managing Project Quality     199

Principles of Managing Project Quality     199

Powerful Tools and Techniques for Project Quality     201

Powerful Quality Strategies     203

Typical Quality-Related Challenges     205

 

PART IV   PROJECT EXECUTION     209

Chapter 16  Leading a Project     211

More Than Managing     212

Where Is Leadership Needed on a Project?     214

Twelve Keys to Better Project Leadership     215

Power of Servant Leadership Approach     218

Chapter 17  Managing Project Communications     223

What Are Project Communications?     224

The Importance of Project Communications     225

Why Communicating Can Be Tough     226

Seven Powerful Principles     227

Best Practices of Effective Project Communicators     230

Chapter 18  Managing Expectations     239

Value of Reviewing Stakeholder Expectation Management     240

Critical Aspects of Expectations     240

Seven Master Principles of Expectation Management     245

Essential Elements of Managing Expectations     246

Chapter 19  Keys to Better Project Team Performance     255

High-Performing Teams     256

Ten Key Principles     256

Proven Techniques     259

Special Situations     263

Chapter 20  Managing Differences     267

Five Key Principles     268

Proven Techniques for Leading Cross-Functional Projects     271

Proven Techniques for Leading Cross-Cultural Projects     273

Proven Techniques for Leading Virtual Projects     274

Chapter 21  Managing Vendors     279

First, Let’s Clarify a Few Terms     280

Ten Proven Principles of Vendor Management     280

Twelve Tips for Buyers     283

Seven Tips for Sellers     285

Twelve Key Project Management Skills for Better

Vendor Management     286

Stuff You Need to Know About Contracts     286

Chapter 22  Ending a Project     293

Three Key Principles     294

Project End Checklist–13 Important Steps     294

Common Project Closing Challenges     296

Methods for Ending a Contract or a Project     297

 

PART V    ACCELERATING THE LEARNING CURVE...EVEN MORE     301

Chapter 23  Making Better Use of Microsoft Project     303

Understand This …and It All Becomes Easier     304

Need-to-Know Features     306

New Project Best Practices     313

Keys to Making Resource Leveling Work     316

Powerful Reporting Secrets     318

More Insights to a Better Project Schedule     323

Chapter 24  When Reality Happens     327

What If I’m in a Project Management “Lite” Culture?     328

What If I Can’t Develop a Detailed Schedule?     330

What If I Must Manage to a Hard Milestone Date?     331

What If I Have Difficult Resources?     333

What Can I Do About Turnover?     334

Tips for Managing a Selection Process     335

Tips for Managing a Testing Process     340

Chapter 25  Intriguing Project Management Concepts and Topics     345

Agile Approaches     346

Project Management Offices     348

Portfolio Project Management     351

Governance Processes     353

Critical Chain Project Management     353

Web-Based Project Management Software     356

Mind Mapping Tools     357

Value of Certifications     358

Project Management Training     359

 

Index     363

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780789738219
Author:
Horine, Greg
Publisher:
Que Publishing
Subject:
Project management
Subject:
Business - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Absolute Beginner's Guides
Publication Date:
January 2009
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 6.9 x 1.118 in 703 gr

Other books you might like

  1. Results Without Authority:... Used Trade Paper $6.50
  2. The Fast Forward MBA in Project... Used Trade Paper $6.95
  3. The Art of Project Management Used Trade Paper $21.00
  4. Project Management Toolbox: Tools... New Hardcover $131.25

Related Subjects

Business » General
Business » Management
Business » Project Management

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management (Absolute Beginner's Guides) Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$9.50 In Stock
Product details 432 pages Que - English 9780789738219 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Expert project manager Horine reveals exactly what works and what doesn't for managing projects. His new edition jumpstarts project management expertise even faster, with all-new insights on Microsoft Project, challenging project situations, and intriguing project management topics of the day.
"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.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.