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Effective Project Management - Eighth Edition

By : Robert K. Wysocki
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Effective Project Management - Eighth Edition

By: Robert K. Wysocki

Overview of this book

There are so many things that can fail in a project. Failure to complete on time or maybe failure to stay under budget. Many projects fail to deliver a viable product that satisfies the needs of the customer. These and a multitude of other failures are usually the results of poor project management. Although there are many methods for managing projects, most are inadequately understood. Effective Project Management, Eighth Edition will teach you to use the most up-to-date tools and methods for project management. The book begins by explaining the project management landscape by answering questions, such as ‘what is a project’ and ‘what is a collaborative project team’. Then you’ll learn about traditional project management and its fundamentals as most would understand it from casual conversations and experiences. The final chapters give an in?depth presentation of the contemporary world of project management and five PMLC models, including hybrid project management. By the end of the book, you’ll have learned several techniques and best practices to successfully manage your project and avoid pitfalls.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)
End User License Agreement
APPENDIX A: Terms and Acronyms
APPENDIX C: Case Study: Pizza Delivered Quickly (PDQ)
APPENDIX D: Cited References

Who Should Use This Book

The original target audience for EPM1e was the practicing project manager. However, as I discovered, many of the second and third edition sales were to university and college faculty. I certainly want to encourage their use of my book, so with each edition I further expanded the target market to include both practicing project managers and faculty. I added discussion questions to each chapter, and to assist in lecture preparation, I put copies of all figures and tables on the website. EPM8e takes it to the next level with much more collateral content for the instructor.

Practicing Professionals

This book adapts very well to whatever your current knowledge of or experience with project management might be:

  • If you are unfamiliar with project management, you can learn the basics by simply reading and reflecting.
  • If you wish to advance to the next level, I offer a wealth of practice opportunities through the case exercises.
  • If you are more experienced, I offer several advanced topics, including TPM, APM, and xPM in Part III.

In all cases, the best way to read the book is front to back. If you are an experienced project manager, feel free to skip around and read the sections as a refresher course.

The seasoned professional project manager will find value in the book as well. I have gathered a number of tools and techniques that appeared in the first edition of this book. The Joint Project Planning session, the use of sticky notes and whiteboards for building the project network, the completeness criteria for generating the Work Breakdown Structure, the use of work packages for professional staff development, and milestone trend charts are a few of the more noteworthy and original contributions.

I have used EPM7e as a text in consulting engagements whose objective was the design and development of project management environments to meet the specific needs of an organization. The changes integrated into EPM8e further strengthens that use. The PowerPoint slide file of Team Exercises can be adapted to the specific client situation and requirements of their organization to be the vehicle for designing and developing their project management environment.

Undergraduate, Graduate, and Adjunct Faculty

A significant adopter of EPM1e through EPM7e has been the education market. EPM8e offers even more to that market than all previous editions. The complete PowerPoint slide files for each chapter are collateral materials to support educators and trainers, and those slides have been further expanded in EPM8e. The slides contain all of the content that should be in the class lectures. Faculty can add to, delete, or modify these files to suit their specific purpose and style for each lecture. I have also included a PowerPoint file of exercises. These are designed as individual, team, or class exercises.

Corporate Trainers

EPM8e continues to have the corporate trainer's needs in mind. In addition to the materials available to the faculty for their credit courses, I will make available several venues for offering EPM8e. These range from 3‐day programs to 13‐ and 24‐session programs. Contact me at [email protected] with a statement of your specific needs. I will be happy to offer my advice.