In today's time-pressured, cost-conscious global business environment, tight project deadlines and stringent expectations are the norm. Project Management For Dummies shows business professionals what works and what doesn't by examining the field's best practices. You can learn how to organise, estimate, and schedule projects more efficiently. Discover how to manage deliverables, issue changes, assess risks, maintain communications, and live up to expectations by making the most of the latest technology and software and by avoiding common problems that can trip up even the best project managers. This adaptation includes: The latest methods to manage resources and stay on track and within budget Coverage for dealing with the pros and cons of virtual teams Tips and information on setting realistic expectations and meeting everyone’s needs Methods and strategies to get tasks done with minimal staff Tips and advice for motivating a project team The latest concepts and fundamentals behind best-practice project management techniques The mindset and skill set of today’s most effective project managers—what it really takes to guarantee a successful project Information on how to involve project audiences by conducting a Stakeholder Analysis Trends and tough project types Assessment tools to determine strengths and weaknesses for everything from choosing software to selecting a project team Tactics for team motivation and the hottest risk management strategies
Introduction. Part I: Understanding Projects and What You Want to Achieve. Chapter 1:Project Management: The Key to Achieving Results. Chapter 2: Thinking Through the Life of Your Project. Chapter 3: Defining the Project and Producing a Business Case. Chapter 4: Knowing Your Project’s Stakeholders. Part II: Building the Plans. Chapter 5: Planning with Deliverables First. Chapter 6: You Want This Project Done When? Chapter 7: Looking At Staf f Resources. Chapter 8: Planning for Other Resources and Developing the Budget. Chapter 9: Planning at Different Times and Levels. Chapter 10: Venturing into the Unknown: Dealing with Risk and Uncertainty. Part III: Putting Your Management Team Together. Chapter 11: Organising the Project. Chapter 12: Working With Teams and Specialists. Chapter 13: Being an Ef fective Leader. Part IV: Steering the Project to Success. Chapter 14: Tracking Progress and Staying in Control. Chapter 15: Keeping Everyone Informed. Chapter 16: Bringing Your Project to Closure. Part V: Taking Your Project Management to the Next Level. Chapter 17: Managing Multiple Projects. Chapter 18: Using Technology to Up Your Game. Chapter 19: Monitoring Project Performance with Earned Value Management. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 20: Ten Questions to Ask Yourself as You Plan Your Project. Chapter 21: Ten Tips for Writing a Convincing Business Case. Chapter 22: Ten Tips for Being a Better Project Manager. Index.
Nick Graham is a director of the consultancy and training company he founded, Inspirandum Ltd, and is a member of the Association for Project Management and of the Institute of Directors. His consultancy work has ranged from helping plan complex projects to advising senior managers on how to implement project management approaches. Nick delivers highly practical project training for companies, charities and public sector organisations throughout the UK, and worldwide. Stanley E. Portny is a project management consultant and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He has provided training and consultation to more than 150 public and private organisations, and has developed and conducted training programmes for more than 50,000 management and staff.
Guide your project to success from initial idea to final delivery In today's time-pressured, cost-conscious global business environment, tight project deadlines and high expectations are the norm. Projects are now the standard way of implementing change, and project management has become a vital skill for successful business professionals. Project Management For Dummies shows you how to succeed by focusing on what you need to deliver and then how to plan and control the project in order to deliver it. You will learn how to plan, keep the project on track, manage teams and control risk. You'll even get some tipson software – including free stuff – that will make things easier for you. Who, what and why – understanding the expectations of your project Laying the foundations – learn to build your plans with a sturdy structure from start to finish The selection process – see how to get the very best from your teams Get in the driving seat – learn to take control and steer your project to success Move onwards and upwards – how to master the basics and take your project management skills to the next level Open the book and find: Clear and simple explanation of powerful planning techniques Ways to track progress and stay in control How to identify and then control risk to protect your project Why understanding your project's stakeholders is key How to use technology to up your game Tips for writing a clear and convincing business case Advice on being an effective leader Techniques on how to work effectively with teams and specialists Learn to: Plan, execute and deliver your projects with confidence Stay in control to deliver on time, within budget and to the right quality Motivate your teams to perform to their full potential
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