10 Minute Guide to Project Management

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Breathing Space Institute, 2000 - Business & Economics - 182 pages
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Following the advice in this guide will not only help your get your project off on the right foot, but will also keep you and your team marching along to its successful conclusion. You'll learn how to put together the best team for the job, how to define your goals and motivate your teammates, how to monitor the teams progress and keep the project on track, and how to stay within budget and time constraints. The book also explains how to use charts and diagrams to detail and define various aspects of the project.

 

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A very high overview of project management. I liked that it didn't go into a lot of detail. It kept things simple and to the point. I made a lot of notes and will certainly keep this book around for reference.

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This is a great introduction to project management for anyone in any field. It covers the basic concisely and includes and lot of tips and principles that will help you to be successful and avoid the most common errors beginning project managers make.
The book is laid out well and the most important information is set off and highlighted. It is an especially good book for beginning managers or others who are responsible for the completion of projects, but may not be project managers themselves.
This book is also a very quick read. However, it is packed with lots of useful content and no fluff. However, it is not comprehensive. For this you will have to go somewhere else if you will be managing complex projects. It also doesn't cover using project management software in-depth.
 

Contents

So Youre Going to Manage a Project?
1
Project Planning
8
Implementation
10
Control
11
What Makes a Good Project Manager?
13
Many Hats All the Time
14
Principles To Steer You
16
Seven Ways to Succeed as a Project Manager
21
Thinking Ahead
88
PERTCPM Charts
89
Enter the PERT and CPM
91
A Short Course
92
What If Things Change?
97
Lets Network
99
Me and My Arrow
100
Dont Fall in Love with the Technology
101

Seven Ways to Fail as a Project Manager
23
What Do You Want to Accomplish?
27
Key Questions
28
Okay So What are We Attempting to Do?
29
Tasks Versus Outcomes
31
Telling Questions
32
Desired Outcomes that Lend Themselves to Project Management
33
Laying Out Your Plan
36
The Holy Grail and the Golden Fleece
38
Assembling Your Plan
54
The Chicken or the Egg?
56
Is Planning Itself a Task?
57
What About Your Hours?
58
Internal Resources Versus External Resources
59
What Kinds of Tasks Comprise the WBS?
61
Keeping the Big Picture in Mind
63
The Big Picture Versus Endless Minutia
64
From Planning to Monitoring
65
Keeping Your Eye on the Budget
67
Experience Pays
69
Traditional Approaches to Budgeting
70
Traditional Measures
72
Systematic Budgeting Problems
77
Gantt Charts
80
Variations on a Theme
83
Embellishments Offer Detail
84
Getting a Project Back on Track
87
Reporting Results
104
Incorporate the Thoughts of Others
113
Choosing Project Management Software
115
Leave a Good Thing Alone
116
Whose Choice Is It?
117
Whats Your Pleasure?
119
Dedicated PM Software
120
How Will You Use PM Software?
122
A Sampling of Popular Programs
128
Armed and Online
130
Multiple Bosses Multiple Projects Multiple Headaches
139
Complexity Happens
140
A Diffuse Pattern
141
Extravagance is Not Necessary
143
Workaholic For Hire
145
A Construction MiniCase
148
Lets Assign It to a Project Manager
149
Arm Chair Analysis Versus Onsite Observation
150
Tower of Babel
151
Learning from Your Experience
158
Master the Software
160
Keep Your Eyes Open
161
Preparing For the Next Project
162
Glossary
166
Further Reading
170
Index
173
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