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Effective Project Management - Eighth Edition

By : Robert K. Wysocki
Book Image

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

Part I
Understanding the Project Management Landscape

This part introduces the complex and uncertain world of projects and their effective management. If you expected to learn a magic recipe that works for all projects, you will be disappointed because every project is different. Being an effective project manager is a creative and challenging experience.

Chapter 1: What Is a Project? defines a project. The chapter defines the simple concept of what a project contains and how to recognize that you have a project. However, the definition is complex as well because there are many types of projects that populate the landscape. It is in that complexity of projects that the real challenges to effective management will arise.

Chapter 2: What Is Project Management? illustrates that project management is not a cookie‐cutter experience; rather, it is a creative experience. Rather than having just one approach, you now have a variety of approaches. The purpose of this chapter is to establish...