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Project Management for Engineering, Business and Technology


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Introduction Part I: Philosophy and Concepts 1. What is Project Management? 2. Systems Approach Part II: Project Life Cycle 3. Project Life Cycle and Project Conception 4. Project Definition and System Definition Part III: Systems and Procedures for Planning and Control 5. Basic Project Planning Techniques 6. Project Schedule Planning and Networks 7. Advanced Project Network Analysis and Scheduling 8. Cost Estimating and Budgeting 9. Project Quality Management 10. Project Risk Management 11. Project Execution, Monitoring, and Control 12. Project Evaluation, Communication, Implementation, and Closeout 13. Agile Project Management and Lean Part IV: Organization Behavior 14. Project Organization Structure and Integration 15. Project Roles and Stakeholders 16. Managing Participation, Teamwork, and Conflict Part V: Project Management in the Corporate Context 17. Meta-Management of Projects and Program Management 18. Project Selection and Portfolio Management 19. International Project Management

About the Author

John Nicholas is Professor of Operations Management at Loyola University, Chicago, USA Herman Steyn is Professor in the Graduate School of Technology Management, University of Pretoria, South Africa


"As a Professor who has taught Project Engineering for the last 14 years, I have also performed large scale Project Engineering throughout my first career (over 20 years) in Aerospace, Defense and Information Technology. When deciding on a textbook for my graduate Project Engineering class, I looked long and hard. I wasn't finding what I was looking for and was going to write my own, until I found Project Management for Engineering, Business and Technology. This is the textbook I would have written. It is robust, complete and easy to follow. The graphics, charts and figures are all very descriptive and real. And my students like the paperback nature of the book. I highly recommend this textbook for anyone teaching Engineering, Business or Technology Project Management/Engineering. I also recommend it as a "keeper" for students who will be guiding projects in the future." Mark Calabrese, University of Central Florida, USA "The publication of the 5th edition of Project Management for Engineering, Business and Technology by John Nicholas and Herman Steyn is an important milestone in a continuing conversation between the authors and the current and future practitioners of project management around the world. This book has long been a comprehensive but accessible publication that provides valuable insights into the strategic and day-to-day management of projects both large and small. There are numerous publications in this field but Nicholas and Steyn have found the balance between the needs of experienced practitioners looking for ways to improve project outcomes, and the needs of students who are new to the project management field. The concepts are clearly and logically laid out, and the language is appropriate for a wide range of audiences. It continues to be a benchmark in a crowded field of publications offering both practical and strategic insights into the art and craft of project management." Barrie Todhunter, University of Southern Queensland, Australia "I have been using the earlier editions of this book in my Project Management teaching to working executives of a major engineering company employing close to 40000 people in various types of projects. I have evaluated the current 5th edition of the book from the perspective of (a) a teaching resource (b) study material and (3) as a resource for case study and references. I find that the 5th edition has been thoroughly revamped and incorporates several relevant resources and presented in a very lucid and structured way. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this book as a standard resource for teaching students in a university set up and/or for working executives in a project environment. The book is also a good resource as a study material for certification courses." Krishna Moorthy, Ex-Dean, Larsen & Toubro Institute of Project Management, India "Project Management for Engineering, Business and Technology is one of the most comprehensive textbooks in the field. Nicholas and Steyn explain the matter in a readable and easy-to-understand way, illustrated with interesting examples. The authors combine the `hard matter' of project management with relevant behavioural aspects. Overall, a useful work for anyone new to the field or as reference for the more advanced project manager." Martijn Leijten, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands "Project management plays a vital role in achieving project objectives. Projects bring change and project management is recognised as the most effective way to managing such change. This book encourages readers to become interested and involved in the change towards renewed project management and management of projects." Benita Zulch, University of the Free State, South Africa "A very comprehensive text. An excellent mix of materials to enable students to learn techniques and engage in discussion of scenarios." Richard Kamm, University of Bath, UK

"An excellent book which provides comprehensive coverage of project management theory and practice with insights from technology-based case studies, practical examples and exercises. An essential core text for project management students in engineering and technology disciplines." Jane Britton, University College London, UK

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