Alpha Teach Yourself Project Management in 24 Hours

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Penguin, 2001 - Business & Economics - 409 pages
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A structured tutorial for learning how to organize, estimate, build and manage a complex project.

-- Excellent use of the proven Teach Yourself in 24 Hours format, giving readers a one-hour lesson for each major portion of project management.

-- Author is an experienced trainer and writer as well as an expert in software and other tool-based methods of project management.

-- Covers the project in a chronological fashion going in-depth to each stage including the traditional and technical methods of tracking.

Now you don't have to be an MBA or advanced specialist to learn the principles of project management. Alpha Teach Yourself Project Management in 24 Hours gives readers a lesson-by-lesson approach to learning the ins and outs of budgets, team-building and tracking. Recognizing that most projects are managed electronically or online today, the author also shows better and more efficient ways to track and achieve goals.

 

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Contents

Learning the Basics
1
Understanding Project Management
3
Initiating a Project
17
Starting a Project Plan
31
Adding to Your Plan
43
Developing Project Control Plans
53
Creating a Work Breakdown Structure
71
Developing Project Plan Details
87
Doing the Work
183
Following Your Control Plans
199
Tracking Your Progress
213
Updating Your Project Plan
229
Controlling Your Project
241
Monitoring Costs
243
Evaluating Project Status
257
Getting Projects Back on Track
271

Creating Your Project Team
89
Developing Project Estimates
103
Creating a Network Diagram
117
Determining the Project Schedule
131
Creating a Gantt Chart
147
Facing Project Risk
163
Executing Your Project
181
Chapter Summary Reporting Project Performance
287
Closing Out Your Project
303
Finishing the Work
305
Evaluating Your Project
319
Applying Your Lessons Learned
333
Choosing a Project Management Package
343
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About the author (2001)

Nancy Blumenstalk Mingus is President of Mingus Associates, Inc., a writing, training, and consulting company specializing in project management and historic preservation. Founded in 1989, the company has worked with a wide variety of clients, including the Army Corps of Engineers, Cornell University, M&T Bank, Mark IV Industries, NCR, Ralston Purina, Sundstrand Corporation, and Systemation.

Mingus has been working in or with project management for nearly 25 years. She has written more than 50 articles and has delivered over 500 workshops on a variety of project management, training, computer, and historic preservation topics. She holds a Master's in Education and a Master's in Historic Preservation and received her PMP certification from the Project Management Institute in 1996.

She serves on the board of several organizations, including the Buffalo chapter of the Project Management Institute. She is also chair of the Historic Preservation Commission in the Town of Amherst, New York.

She firmly believes that learning to manage projects more effectively can help people not only in their careers but also in their personal lives. To that end, this book presents the basics of effective project management. Mingus resides with her husband, daughters, and cat, Max, in Williamsville, New York.

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