Project Scheduling and Cost Control: Planning, Monitoring and Controlling the Baseline

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J. Ross Publishing, 2008 - Business & Economics - 312 pages
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Read the Reviews“With this book, Jim Taylor has captured the essence of project scheduling and cost control as a process versus just an activity, teaching the reader the true art and science of this vital process.”

Bob McGannon, Director, Mindavation 

"Finally, there is a book that describes the theoretical and practical applications of project schedule and cost planning and control covering the how and what it means for two difficult practical problems in all projects. This book explains, simply and practically, how to produce a schedule, create an estimate, and then execute the project. It is definitely an important resource for the new or experienced PM." 

Joe R. "Chip" Stilwell, Stilwell and Associates of the USA, Inc.

Schedule and cost control are the key elements of successful project management. Yet, over 80% of all projects start with underestimated schedules and costs and are doomed to exceed projections before they begin. This clear and concise book demonstrates how to establish realistic estimates for successful project completion. It illustrates how to control a project’s schedule and costs, but more importantly, it shows the reader how to develop the project’s plans and processes so that controlling the schedule and costs are achievable goals.
 

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Contents

The Project Life Cycle
5
Identifying and Developing Customer Requirements
17
The Statement of Work
23
Identifying Project Requirements
29
Summary
36
Building a Work Breakdown Structure
46
The Baseline
52
Key Steps in Developing Schedules
58
Resource Planning
129
Subsidiary Management Plans
133
The Implementation Phase
141
Monitoring the Project
147
Summary
158
Monitoring and Control
161
An Example
169
Estimating Percent Complete
178

Using Precedence Diagramming for Project Schedule Development
66
Gantt and Milestone Charts
78
Mistakes and Inadequacies of ProjectCosting Processes
84
Types of Costs and Cost Categories
92
Summary
98
Estimating
107
Finalizing the Estimates
115
Schedule Planning
121
Summary
185
Understanding Project Change Control and Change Control
201
Summary
210
How to Determine Project Completion
216
Summary
224
Index
275
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About the author (2008)

James C. Taylor, PMP, has nearly 40 years of highly diversified experience in project and program management, marketing, and business development in both the public and private sectors. His principal experience is in the information technology and engineering training industries including the design and development of flight simulator equipment and computer based flight-training courses for the U.S. Military. Mr. Taylor has taught graduate courses in project management, leadership, and negotiation skills and strategies at Marymount University in Virginia and project management at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. He has designed, developed, and taught numerous core and IT project management courses as well as contracting courses for project managers. He also was previously the Senior Advisor at ESI International, the world’s largest provider of project management training and actively managed the development and update of all of ESI’s project management courses. Jim has been an active speaker over the years and he has authored numerous articles and books in the field of project management. 


Mr. Taylor has a BS in Mathematics and a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering all from Auburn University and a MS in Organizational Development from Marymount University. He is a consultant in project management and project management training. Mr. Taylor lives in Peachtree City, Georgia.

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