Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management

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Pearson Education, Jan 16, 2009 - Business & Economics - 432 pages
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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.


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Part IProject Management Jumpstart
1 Project Management Overview
13 Managing Project Issues
14 Managing Project Risks
15 Managing Project Quality
Part IVProject Execution
16 Leading a Project
17 Managing Project Communications
18 Managing Expectations
19 Keys to Better Project Team Performance

2 The Project Manager
3 Essential Elements for Any Successful Project
Part IIProject Planning
4 Defining a Project
5 Planning a Project
6 Developing the Work Breakdown Structure
7 Estimating the Work
8 Developing the Project Schedule
9 Determining the Project Budget
Part IIIProject Control
10 Controlling A Project
11 Managing Project Changes
12 Managing Project Deliverables
20 Managing Differences
21 Managing Vendors
22 Ending a Project
Part VAccelerating the Learning CurveEven More
23 Making Better Use of Microsoft Project
24 When Reality Happens
25 Intriguing Project Management Concepts and Topics

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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.

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