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Project management for dummies

Author: Nick Graham; Stanley E Portny
Publisher: Chichester, West Sussex : John Wiley, 2011.
Series: --For dummies.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : UK edView all editions and formats
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In today's time-pressured, cost-conscious global business environment, tight project deadlines and stringent expectations are the norm. Project Management For Dummies shows business professionals what works and what doesn't by examining the field's best practices. You can learn how to organise, estimate, and schedule projects more efficiently. Discover how to manage deliverables, issue changes, assess risks,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Graham, Nick.
Project management for dummies.
Chichester : Wiley, 2010
(OCoLC)640080168
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nick Graham; Stanley E Portny
ISBN: 9781119025740 1119025745 9781119025757 1119025753 9781322877105 1322877106
OCLC Number: 785782675
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 384 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Project Management For Dummies®, UK Edition --
About the Authors --
Authors' Acknowledgements --
Contents at a Glance --
Introduction --
About This Book --
Conventions Used in This Book --
What You're Not to Read --
Foolish Assumptions --
How This Book Is Organised --
Icons Used in This Book --
Where to Go from Here --
Part I. : Understanding Projects and What You Want to Achieve --
1. : Project Management: The Key to Achieving Results --
Taking on a Project --
Avoiding the Pitfalls --
Deciding Whether the Job Is Really a Project --
Defining the Project Manager's Role --
Do You Have What It Takes?Chapter 2: Thinking Through the Life of Your Project --
Being Methodical --
Breaking the Project Down into Stages or Phases --
Understanding the Four Main Stages --
3. : Defining the Project and Producing a Business Case --
Defining the Scope --
Producing a Business Case --
Going Back to the Scope --
Getting to Grips with Techniques --
4. : Knowing Your Project's Stakeholders --
Managing Stakeholders --
Handling Opposition --
Handling Multiple-Stakeholder Projects --
Part II. : Building the Plans --
5. : Planning with Deliverables First --
Seeing the Logic of Product Planning --
Knowing What a Product Is --
and Isn'tFinding Good Product Names --
Using a Business Project Example --
Using a Structured Product List --
Unleashing the Power of the Work Flow Diagram --
6. : You Want This Project Done When? --
Moving From Products to Activities --
Drawing Up a First Activity Network --
Understanding Float and Its Impact --
Identifying the Critical Path --
Being More Precise with Dependencies --
Working with the Activity Network --
Going for Gantt --
Estimating Activity Durations --
7. : Looking At Staff Resources --
Seeing Why You Need to Plan Staff Use --
Matching People to Tasks --
Honing Your Task Duration EstimatesSmoothing the Resource --
8. : Planning for Other Resources and Developing the Budget --
Determining Physical Resource Needs --
Making Sense of Costs and Budgets --
9. : Planning at Different Times and Levels --
Putting the Main Structure in Place --
Working with Planning Levels --
10. : Venturing into the Unknown: Dealing with Risk and Uncertainty --
Understanding Risks and Risk Management --
Working Through the Risk Cycle --
Documenting Risk --
Getting Some Help from Techniques --
Part III. : Putting Your Management Team Together --
11. : Organising the ProjectDesigning the Project Organisation Structure --
Defining Three Organisational Environments --
12. : Working With Teams and Specialists --
Working With Others --
Understanding Teams --
Making Project Assignments --
Showing Roles with a Responsibility Assignment Matrix --
Dealing with Micromanagement --
13. : Being an Effective Leader --
Practising Management and Leadership --
Knowing What Motivates, and also What Demotivates --
Developing Your Teams --
Stoking the Boilers --
Part IV. : Steering the Project to Success --
14. : Tracking Progress and Staying in Control --
Understanding What Underpins Effective Progress Control.
Series Title: --For dummies.
Responsibility: by Nick Graham and Stanley E. Portny.

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In today's time-pressured, cost-conscious global business environment, tight project deadlines and stringent expectations are the norm. Project Management For Dummies shows business professionals what works and what doesn't by examining the field's best practices. You can learn how to organise, estimate, and schedule projects more efficiently. Discover how to manage deliverables, issue changes, assess risks, maintain communications, and live up to expectations by making the most of the latest technology and software and by avoiding common problems that can trip up even the best project manager.

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