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The Definitive Guide to Project Management By Sebastian Nokes

The Definitive Guide to Project Management
by Sebastian Nokes

Managing a project that is going well is achievable if the techniques of project management have been mastered. Developed from the experiences of real project managers facing real organisational and logistical challenges, this book is designed to put readers on a fast-track to managing projects of every shape and size with speed and accuracy.
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The Definitive Guide to Project Management Summary


The Definitive Guide to Project Management: Every executives fast-track to delivering on time and on budget by Sebastian Nokes

Knowing that you're managing a project that is going well is a good feeling. That moment when you know that it's going to happen on time, that it's avoided the pitfalls and delays that could have derailed it, and that people and resources have come together surely and smoothly, is a moment to savour. Fortunately, it's a very achievable moment if you have mastered the tools and techniques of great project management. Developed from the day to day experiences of real project managers facing real organisational and logistical challenges, this book is designed to put you on a fast-track to managing projects of every shape and size with speed and accuracy. This will be a powerful skill to possess in a business world where work is increasingly organised around projects. The Definitive Guide to Project Management will show you, step by step, how to deliver the right projects in the right way at the right time, while keeping your life in balance. Using the principles critical chain management, the authors help you master the essentials of good project management and then explore the situations where good projects and good business meet.How to manage risks and politics; how to demonstrate the value added by a project; how to communicate upwards and downwards in project teams; how to energise projects; how to turn failing projects around; and how to spot likely problem projects. It is practical, to the point, and can be used immediately. An essential companion if you want projects to be a source of inspiration not perspiration. Inside you will find key questions, step-by-step guidance and action checklists to help with each stage of a well-executed project: *Before you start *Planning *Preliminary definition *Full definition *Design *Build and test *Implementation *Shutdown and review With"The Definitive Guide to Project Management", you can deliver results on time, every time. Financial Times Prentice Hall's best-selling 'Definitive' suite provides managers and entrepreneurs with a fast-track to acquiring a range of essential executive skills. Other titles in the series include: "The Definitive Business Plan The Definitive Guide to Managing the Numbers The Definitive Guide to Marketing Planning"

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About Sebastian Nokes


Sebastian was edcucated at Birkbeck & Imperial Colleges, University of London and has an MSc in finance from the London Business School. He was trained in investment banks, the insurance industry, the IT industry and publishing. Sebastian is the author of a number of business books published by Pearson Education.

Table of Contents


Contents List of Figures xi Checklists xiii Cases xiii Preface xv Part I / Background information Introduction 3 Imagine ... 5 About this book 5 Projects 8 Project life cycle outline 16 Basic principles 21 Business principles 23 Management and control principles 25 People principles 30 Part II / Project management processes Project organization and team 37 What do we mean by project organization and team? 39 Project roles 39 Team management 43 Everyday basics and administration 53 What do we mean by everyday basics and administration? 55 Time recording 55 Meetings 56 Project file 59 Document version control 61 Purchasing authority 62 Planning 63 What do we mean by planning? 65 Why plan? 65 Planning tools 66 Work breakdown structure 68 Gantt/Project timeline charts 71 Network (PERT) diagrams 78 Planning process 81 Re-planning and speeding-up the project 90 Monitoring and control 97 What do we mean by monitoring and control? 99 Information gathering 99 Using the project plan 102 Problem diagnosis and resolution 108 Scope management and risk management 115 Scope management 117 Scope creep 117 The issue log 119 Scope management process 120 Risk management 122 Sources of risk 122 Risk control 124 Risk management process 126 Part III / Project life cycle stages Define 133 What is the define phase? 135 Objectives 136 Scope 137 Starting inputs 138 Deliverables 138 Responsibilities 138 Process 140 Design 155 What is the design phase? 157 Objectives 157 Scope 158 Starting inputs 158 Deliverables 158 Responsibilities 159 Process 160 Build and test 167 What is the build and test phase? 169 Objectives 169 Scope 170 Starting inputs 170 Deliverables 170 Responsibilities 171 Process 172 Implement and review 177 What is the implement phase? 179 Objectives 179 Scope 179 Starting inputs 180 Deliverables 180 Responsibilities 180 Process 182 What is the review phase? 186 Objectives 186 Scope 186 Starting inputs 187 Deliverables 187 Responsibilities 187 Process 188 Appendix A: The critical chain method 191 Understanding activity durations 191 Criticial chain and activity durations 193 Focus on critical activities 195 The project buffer as a diagnostic 198 Action summary 200 Appendix B: Classic planning and progress measurement tools 203 Critical path and PERT plans 203 Progress measurement 209 Appendix C: Managing large and complex projects 213 Appendix D: Project planning software tools 217 Tools for single projects 218 Tools for multi-project environments 219 Glossary 221 Index 224

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The Definitive Guide to Project Management: Every executives fast-track to delivering on time and on budget by Sebastian Nokes
Sebastian Nokes
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Pearson Education Limited
2003-08-07
256
0273663976
9780273663973
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