Your Project Management Coach is like having an experienced project management consultant in the office next door. In the authors' trademark style---engaging and personable----they show how to solve real-world problems using field-tested methods and techniques. The book doesn't attempt to provide a comprehensive overview of PM methods; you can get that in Kerzner and Wysocki. Instead, the authors focus on practical ways to solve real problems typically encountered when managing projects; the book is practical and action-oriented.
The book covers the full Project Management lifecycle, from project planning and launch, managing the day-to-day project, and achieving sign-off. The authors provide unique content not found in other books.
Many projects fail to deliver "on time and within budget." Many fail completely to even deliver a workable product that satisfies customer needs. These failures are often the result of poor project management. Though nearly a dozen methods have evolved for managing projects, most are poorly understood. Managers often fail to use the right management method for the type of project for which it's best suited. And where they pick the right method, they fail to use it properly.
Your Project Management Coach provides a hands-on, pragmatic approach to solving real-world project management problems. Using richly illustrated with case examples, the authors show how to apply proven project management techniques to achieve optimum results. The companion website provides forms, templates and checklists readers can use to put the ideas in the book into action.
Publisher Marketing Description:
Project managers in all business and technical disciplines
• The authors are well-known project management experts and successful O'Reilly authors.
• This new book provides tips and tricks, richly illustrated with case examples showing how to apply proven project management techniques.
• The authors map each topic to PMP Certification Exam topics, so this book can also be used for test prep.
• The website offers downloadable forms, templates, and checklists.
• The authors will promote the book on a new blogsite that extends the coaching metaphor online.
TABLE OF CONTENTS : -
Part I Understanding Projects and Project Management
• Getting to Know Projects
• Getting to Know Project Management
Part II Planning a Project
• Getting a Project Off the Ground
• Getting to Know a Project Plan
• Identifying the Work to Be Completed
• Estimating Work and Cost
• Planning Project Resources
• Building a Schedule
• Planning for Quality
• Setting Up a Communication Plan
• Setting Up a Change Management Plan
• Managing Risk
Part III Executing a Project
• Kicking Off a Project
• Taming Processes, Problems, and Conflicts
• The Keys to Successful Meetings
• Transforming People into a Team
Part IV Monitoring and Controlling
• Gathering Progress Information
• Evaluating Progress and Performance
• Getting a Plan Back on Track
Part V Closing the Project
• Obtaining Acceptance and Other Wrap-Up Tasks
• Documenting a Project for Posterity
• Don't Forget Lessons Learned
Part VI Taking the Next Steps in Project Management
• Running a Project Management Office
• Managing a Portfolio of Projects
• Selecting the Right Projects
Part VII Reference
Appendix A Answers
Appendix B Forms
About The Author:
When she isn't managing projects for clients, Bonnie Biafore writes about project management, small business accounting, personal finance, investing, and technology. She is the award-wining author of twenty books including Project 2010: The Missing Manual. She authors a monthly column, Project Certification Insider, for the Microsoft Project Users Group. Bonnie also presents and provides training for project management, Microsoft Project, and finance.
Teresa Stover has worked more than 20 years as a technical communications and project management consultant for software, manufacturing, and education. Owner of Stover Writing Services, Teresa is the author of 14 computer books, the most recent being Microsoft Project 2010 Inside Out, published by Microsoft Press/O'Reilly Media. She has won awards for her writing from the Society for Technical Communication and Washington School Public Relations Association. She conducts workshops on software, project management, business, and writing.