Project Management for Dummies – Stanley E. Portny – 2nd Edition

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More than two thirds of American companies use teams to execute their most important projects, making project management a highly valuable skill for advancing your career. Project Management For Dummies, Second Edition introduces you to the principles of successful project management and shows you how to motivate any team to gain maximum productivity.  You’ll find out how to:

  • Define your project and what you intend to accomplish
  • Identify project stakeholders and their expectations
  • Develop a project plan
  • Establish project schedules and timetables
  • Determine which skill sets and resources the project requires
  • Choose team members and define their roles
  • Launch you project and track its progress
  • Encourage peak performance
  • Conclude your project successfully

Complete with helpful tips on delegating, shortening schedules, and optimizing your own performance Project Management for Dummies, help you get your project, and your career, off the ground in no time.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: Understanding Projects and What You Want to Achieve
Chapter 1: Success in Project Management
Chapter 2: Thinking Through the Life of Your Project
Chapter 3: Defining the Scope and Producing a Business Case
Chapter 4: Knowing Your Projects Stakeholders

Part II: Planning Time: Determining What, When and How Much
Chapter 5: Planning with Deliverables First
Chapter 6: Planning the Activities
Chapter 7: Looking At Staff Resources
Chapter 8: Planning for Other Resources and Developing the Budget
Chapter 9: Planning at Different Times and Levels
Chapter 10: Venturing into the Unknown: Dealing with Risk and Uncertainty

Part III: Putting Your Management Team Together
Chapter 11: Organising the Project
Chapter 12: Working With Teams and Specialists
Chapter 13: Being an Effective Leader

Part IV: Steering the Project to Success
Chapter 14: Tracking Progress and Staying in Control
Chapter 15: Keeping Everyone Informed
Chapter 16: Bringing Your Project to Closure

Part V: Taking Your Project Management to the Next Level
Chapter 17: Managing Multiple Projects
Chapter 18: Using Technology to Up Your Game
Chapter 19: Monitoring Project Performance with Earned Value Management
Chapter 20: Project Governance and Why It s Really Important
Chapter 21: ISO 21500:2012

Part VI: The Part of Tens
Chapter 22: Ten Questions to Ask Yourself as You Plan Your Project
Chapter 23: Ten Tips for Writing a Convincing Business Case
Chapter 24: Ten Tips for Being a Better Project Manager

Index

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