Your Project Management Coach: Best Practices for Managing Projects in the Real World

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 7, 2012 - Computers - 504 pages
A pragmatic approach to project management

Many projects fail to deliver on time or on budget, or even to deliver a workable product that satisfies the customer. While good project management goes a long way towards ensuring success, managers often fail to follow the plans they implement. This unique guide helps you understand and successfully handle project management, once and for all. Covering practical ways to solve problems you'll typically face when managing actual projects, this pragmatic book takes you through a full project management lifecycle. You'll find ample tips, tricks, and best practices--all richly illustrated with real case studies.

Find out how to plan for risk, get wayward projects back on track, manage a whole portfolio of projects, and much more. Each topic in the book is mapped to the exam topics of the PMP® Certification Exam, so PMP certification candidates can also use this book for test prep. The book's companion web site offers downloadable forms, templates, and checklists.

  • Explains project management for the real world using a pragmatic approach that includes field-tested techniques, case studies to illustrate concepts, helpful tips and tricks, and downloadable content
  • Guides you to project management success by providing friendly advice, as if you had a friend or project management consultant at your side, discussing issues
  • Explores how to run successful meetings, how to get wayward projects back on track, planning for risk, and how to manage multiple projects

Manage your next project with a personal consultant: your own copy of Your Project Management Coach: Best Practices for Managing Projects in the Real World.

(PMP is a registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.)

 

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Contents

The Keys to Successful Meetings
Cover
Credits
Understanding Projects and Project Management
List of Tables
Transforming People into a Team
Planning for Quality
Planning a Project
Evaluating Progress and Performance
Getting a Plan Back on Track
to Crash to Shorten a Project
Closing the Project
Documenting a Project for Posterity
Running a Project Management Office
Dont Forget Lessons Learned
Taking the Next Steps in Project Management

Identifying the Project Stakeholders
Getting Approval or SignOff
Assembling the Project Notebook
Getting to Know a Project Plan
When Will the Project Be Done?
Summary
Estimating Work and Cost
Planning Project Resources
Building a Schedule
Setting Up a Communication Plan
Setting Up a Change Management Plan
Managing Risk
Executing a Project
Coachs Review
Summary
Monitoring and Controlling
Managing a Portfolio of Projects
Tracking and Managing the Project Portfolio
Summary
List of Illustrations
Reference
Getting a Project Off the Ground
Estimating Work and Cost
Planning Project Resources
Setting Up a Communication Plan
Setting Up a Change Management Plan
Managing Risk
The Keys to Successful Meetings
Gathering Progress Information
Evaluating Progress and Performance
Obtaining Acceptance and Other WrapUp Tasks

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About the author (2012)

Bonnie Biafore is a PMI-certified project manager, as well as a trainer and award-winning author. She has written numerous books on project management, small business accounting, and other topics. Teresa Stover is a technical communications and project management consultant for software, manufacturing, and education. Both are prolific writers and conduct training on project management.

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