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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

What's on the Website

EPM8e offers more support to the educator and trainer than EPM7e did. Both of the slide files explained earlier were first introduced in EPM5e, expanded in EPM6e, and continued into EPM7e and now into EPM8e. I owe a great debt to those adopters who commented on the contents and offered improvement suggestions.

Slide Presentation

There is a PowerPoint file for each chapter that you can download and adapt to your specific needs. Each file includes a complete set of slides for delivery of the content of the chapter. You may add, delete, or modify to suit their interests and purposes.

Individual, Team, and Class Exercises

EPM8e also offers at the website another PowerPoint file containing several exercises that have been used successfully in both education and training offerings.

In addition to these downloads, EPM7e included a question‐and‐answer file (based on the discussion questions at the end of each chapter) that could be obtained by vetted faculty and instructors by writing me at [email protected] and requesting the file. EPM8e continues that offer.

Case Studies

To the extent possible this textbook is an accurate and realistic representation of the real world of projects. Much of the content is the direct result of client engagements and the intelligence gathered from those experiences. To enrich the content, I have written two case studies:

  • Appendix B, “Workforce and Business Development Center”
  • Appendix C, “Pizza Delivered Quickly (PDQ)”

Both are hypothetical. They have been developed to offer a broad and deep experience for the student in solving real‐world problems. If you want to integrate the real world into your class experiences, you should obtain copies of the WBDC Case Study [Wysocki, 2010] for your students. The WBDC book is a complete description of a hypothetical business project that creates a complex environment in which you can create learning opportunities for individuals and teams. I have included a few team exercises and the PowerPoint slides to support your use of both case studies.