ISBN 9788130930688,Management Briefs: Project Management

Management Briefs: Project Management


Dermot Duff


Viva Books



Viva Books

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9788130930688

ISBN-10 8130930684

Paper Back

Number of Pages 104 Pages
Language (English)

Business & managemen

Table of Contents: 
Chapter 1: Understanding Project Management • What is a Project? • The Project Life Cycle - The Four Phases of a Project • Phase 1: Getting Started - Concept, Initiation, Feasibility and Inception • Phase 2: Detailed Planning • Phase 3: Implementation, Monitoring, Control and Closure • Phase 4: Completion • Deciding the Type of Project and the Approach Required • Assessing Project Manager Authority • Assessing the Organisation’s Project Capability • Achieving Project Success Chapter 2: Phase 1 - Getting Started • Developing the Initial Brief • Developing the Project Concept • Phase 1 - Initial phase - Kick-off Meeting Agenda • Dealing with the Classic Triple Constraints • Handling the Initial Request to Manage the Project • Generating Potential Solutions • Performing a Feasibility Analysis Chapter 3: Phase 2 - Developing the Project Plan • Phase 2 - Starting the Detailed Planning - Work Breakdown Structure • Work Breakdown Structure - Example • Estimating Task Duration and Effort Required • The Uncertainty of Estimates • Scheduling the Sequence of Tasks • Building the Activity Network Diagram • Identifying the Critical Path through the Project • Optimising the Schedule • Allocating Resources in the Plan • Identifying and Relieving the Project Bottlenecks Chapter 4: Managing Risk • Risk Management Steps • Types of Risk • Risk Impact / Probability Matrix • Managing Risk. Opportunity and Value • Classic Flaws in Organisations • Blindness to Habitual Risk Chapter 5: Phase 3 - Implementing the Plan • Use the Agreed Baseline to Monitor and Control the Project • Monitoring the Project Plan • Project Control • Change Control and Management • Common Human Factors in Planning and Execution • Student Syndrome and the use of Time Buffers • Use Deadlines and ‘Birthlines’ to drive behaviour • Plan tasks as Discrete. Deliverable Blocks of work with Observable Outcomes Chapter 6: Building an Effective Project Team • Introduction to Team Building • Making Teams Effective - • The Fundamentals • Team Development - How to form an Effective Project Team • Stages in Team Development • Dealing with changes over the course of the Project • Developing the Mission Statement • Team Guidelines • Sustaining Commitment over the life of the Project Chapter 7: Leading an Effective Project Team • The Nature of Team Leadership • Leadership for High Performance • Encouraging High Performance • Leadership in Practice - Making Meetings Effective • Delegated roles for Project Team Meetings • Disruptive Behaviour at Meetings • Managing Individual Team Members Chapter 8: Managing Stakeholders • Key steps in Managing Stakeholders • Classifying Stakeholders • Identifying Stakeholder Groups • Assessing Stakeholder Interest and Activism • Recognising different Stakeholder Types based on Power Legitimacy and Urgency • Mapping Stakeholder Resistance • Dealing with Irrational Stakeholder Activity • Managing ‘Needs’ and ‘Wants’ • Role of the Sponsor • Exploring Scope, Expressed Needs and Latent Desires • Success and Failure: Managing Reality & Perception • Delivering Bad News on a Project • Delivering Good News on a Project Chapter 9: Managing Costs • Recognising Distortions that affect Project Cost Accounting • Developing a System to Track and Control Costs • Using the Earned Value System to understand Actual Costs and Progress • Recovering Project Cost Over-spend • Noting early Cost Discrepancies and their Causes • Managing Risks by Developing Contingency Plans and Budgets Chapter 10: Project Review - Capturing the Learning • Completing the Project • Planning the Project Review • Developing Team and Individual Learning Capability • Developing a Learning Cycle: the Power of Reflection and Feedback • Developing Real and Meaningful Dialogue • Deepening the Learning Cycle • Making Conversations Real and Meaningful • Reflection Stages