Introduction. About This Book. Who Should Read This Book? How This
Book Is Organized. Conventions Used in This Book.I. PROJECT
MANAGEMENT JUMPSTART.1. Project Management Overview. What Is
Project Management...Exactly? What Is the Value of Project
Management? Why Are Projects Challenging? Growing Demand for
Effective Project Managers? Trends in Project Management. 2. The
Project Manager. One Title, Many Roles. Key Skills of Project
Managers. Qualities of Successful Project Managers. 15 Common
Mistakes of Project Managers.3. Essential Elements for Any
Successful Project. What Exactly Is a "Successful" Project?
Learning from Troubled Projects. Learning from Successful Projects.
Essential Project Manager Toolkit.II. PROJECT PLANNING.4. Defining
a Project. Setting the Stage for Success. How Does Defining a
Project Relate to Project Planning? Project Definition Document.
Project Definition Checklist.5. Planning a Project. Key Project
Planning Principles. Important Questions Project Planning Should
Answer. Building a Project Plan. Summary of Supplemental Project
Plan Components. Project Plan Checklist.6. Developing the Work
Breakdown Structure. What Is a WBS Exactly? Why Is the WBS
Important? The Process of Building a WBS.7. Estimating the Work.
Next Step in the Schedule Development Process. Managing the Risk,
Managing the Estimates. Reasons for Estimating Woes. Powerful
Estimating Techniques and Methods. Best Practices.8. Developing the
Project Schedule. The Impact of the Project Schedule. The Goal of
the Schedule Development Process. Key Inputs for Building a
Schedule. Creating a Schedule.9. Determining the Project Budget.
The Impact of the Project Budget. Principles of an Effective
Budget. Creating a Project Budget. Common Budget Challenges.III.
PROJECT CONTROL.10. Controlling a Project. What Is Project Control?
Management Fundamentals for Project Control. Powerful Techniques
for Project Control. Performance Reporting. Variance Responses.
Leveraging Earned Value Management Concepts. Common Project Control
Challenges. Lessons from Project Recoveries.11. Managing Project
Changes. What Exactly Is a Project Change and What's the Big Deal
Anyway? Fundamentals for Managing Project Change. What Causes
Unplanned Scope Changes? Essential Elements of a Project Change
Control System. Powerful Techniques for Minimizing Project Changes.
Common Project Change Control Challenges.12. Managing Project
Deliverables. "Managing Project Deliverables" Means What Exactly?
Why Do This? It's Too Much Work. Identify, Protect, and Track: The
Principles of Managing Work Products. Best Practices. Configuration
Management Plan. Common Challenges and Pitfalls.13. Managing
Project Issues. The Goals, Objectives, and Principles of Project
Issue Management. Key Features of Issue Management System. Options
for Issue Log. Best Practices. Some Special Situations.14. Managing
Project Risks. Key Risk Management Principles. The Essential
Process for Managing Project Risks. The Common Sources of Project
Risk. Typical Problems. Powerful Risk Control Strategies. Are You
Sure It's a Risk? 15. Managing Project Quality. What Is "Project
Quality"? Unique Aspects of Managing Project Quality. Principles of
Managing Project Quality. Powerful Tools and Techniques for Project
Quality. Powerful Quality Strategies. Typical Quality-Related
Challenges.IV. PROJECT EXECUTION.16. Leading a Project. More Than
Managing. Where Is Leadership Needed on a Project? Twelve Keys to
Better Project Leadership. Power of Servant Leadership Approach.17.
Managing Project Communications. What Are Project Communications?
The Importance of Project Communications. Why Communicating Can Be
Tough. Seven Powerful Principles. Best Practices of Effective
Project Communicators.18. Managing Expectations. Value of Reviewing
Stakeholder Expectation Management. Critical Aspects of
Expectations. Seven Master Principles of Expectation Management.
Essential Elements of Managing Expectations.19. Keys to Better
Project Team Performance. High-Performing Teams. Ten Key
Principles. Proven Techniques. Special Situations.20. Managing
Differences. Five Key Principles. Proven Techniques for Leading
Cross-Functional Projects. Proven Techniques for Leading
Cross-Cultural Projects. Proven Techniques for Leading Virtual
Projects.21. Managing Vendors. First, Let's Clarify a Few Terms.
Ten Proven Principles of Vendor Management. Twelve Tips for Buyers.
Seven Tips for Sellers. Twelve Key Project Management Skills for
Better Vendor Management. Stuff You Need to Know About
Contracts.22. Ending a Project. Three Key Principles. Project End
Checklist-13 Important Steps. Common Project Closing Challenges.
Methods for Ending a Contract or a Project.Index.
The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management emphasizes results, what really works, and what's really important to first time project managers. It is not just a review of PMI PMBOK and does not try to cover too much at once. This book focuses on the skills and qualities of effective project managers such as the servant leadership approach and also includes sections on growing project trends like information technology, multi-vendor projects, outsourcing, virtual teams, multi-cultural teams, quality management, and risk management. Topics covered include:-Managing project changes and quality-Building a project budget and schedule-Project presentations-Leading a project-Managing Vendors-Outsourcing-Microsoft Project tips and techniques
Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project ManagementAbout the AuthorGregory M. Horine is a published author (PMP Exam Cram 2) and certified project management and business technology professional (PMP, CCP) with more than 16 years of consulting experience across multiple industries. His primary areas of professional expertise 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
Project management tools
Computer systems validation
Quality and risk management
In addition, Mr. Horine holds a master's degree in computer science from Ball State University and a bachelor's degree in both marketing and computer science from Anderson College (Anderson, IN). Through his "servant leadership" approach, Mr. Horine has established a track record of empowering his teammates, improving project communications, overcoming technical and political obstacles, and successfully completing projects that meet the targeted objectives. Mr. Horine is grateful for the guidance and the opportunities that he has received from many mentors throughout his career. Their patience and influence has resulted in a rewarding career that has been marked by continuous learning and improvement. You can access a recent interview of Mr. Horine by the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) and the Networking Professionals Association (NPA) at these respective websites:
When not engaged in professional endeavors, Mr. Horine hones his project management skills at home with his lovely wife, Mayme, and his five incredible children: Michael, Victoria, Alex, Luke, and Elayna.
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