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For courses in project management.
Project Management Fundamentals with Broad Applications
In its Fourth Edition, Project Management: Achieving Competitive Advantage takes a contemporary, decisive, and business-oriented approach to teaching and learning project management. Blending current theory, contemporary case studies, and hands-on practice and research, Project Management offers students a full range of perspectives of the project management process.
To promote a comprehensive, multi-industry understanding of the text, the author addresses project management theory within the context of a variety of successful organizations, whether they be publicly held, private, or nonprofit. Comprehensive case analysis and detailed exercises give students the tools to assess projects in real-time, equipping them with razor-sharp decision-making skills. Leveraging the latest project management technology, Project Management features just the right balance of real-world examples, cutting-edge theory, and practical exercises.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: Why Project Management?
Development Projects in Lagos, Nigeria
“Throwing Good Money after Bad”: The BBC’s Digital Media Initiative
Chapter 2 The Organizational Context: Strategy, Structure, and Culture
Tesla’s $5 Billion Gamble
Electronic Arts and the Power of Strong Culture in Design Teams
Chapter 3 Project Selection and Portfolio Management
Project Selection Procedures: A Cross-Industry Sampler
Chapter 4 Leadership and the Project Manager
Leading by Example for the London Olympics – Sir John Armitt
Dr. E. Sreedharan, India’s Project Management Guru
Chapter 5 Scope Management
“We look like fools.” – Oregon’s Failed Rollout of their Obamacare Website
Boeing’s Virtual Fence
California’s High-Speed Rail Project – What’s the Latest News?
The Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle
Chapter 6 Project Team Building, Conflict, and Negotiation
Engineers Without Borders: Project Teams Impacting Lives
Chapter 7 Risk Management
The Building that Melted Cars
Bank of America Completely Misjudges its Customers
Collapse of Shanghai Apartment Building
The Spanish Navy pays nearly $3 billion for a Submarine that will sink like a Stone
C hapter 8 Cost Estimation and Budgeting
Sochi Olympics – What’s the Cost of National Prestige?
The Hidden Costs of Infrastructure Projects – The Case of Building Dams
Chapter 9 Project Scheduling: Networks, Duration Estimation, and Critical Path
After 20 Years and More than $50 billion, Oil is no closer to the Surface: The Caspian Kashagan Project
Chapter 10 Project Scheduling: Lagging, Crashing, and Activity Networks
Enlarging the Panama Canal
Chapter 11 Critical Chain Project Scheduling
Developing Projects through Kickstarter – Do Delivery Dates Mean Anything?
Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical’s Commitment to Critical Chain Project Scheduling
Chapter 12 Resource Management
Hong Kong Connects to the World’s Longest Natural Gas Pipeline
Chapter 13 Project Evaluation and Control
New York City’s CityTime Project
Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner: Failure to Launch (with update)
Earned Value Management at Northrop Grumman
Chapter 14 Project Closeout and Termination
Duke Energy and its Cancelled Levy County Nuclear Power Plant
Aftermath of a “Feeding Frenzy” - Dubai and Cancelled Construction Projects
New Jersey Kills Hudson River Tunnel Project
The Navy Scraps Development of Its Showpiece Warship – Until the Next Bad Idea
Appendix: Tutorial for MicroSoft® Project 2013