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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

What Is a Project?

Things are not always what they seem.

—Phaedrus, Roman writer and fabulist


After reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Express a business need in terms of a problem or opportunity
  • Understand how goal and solution can be used to define project types
  • Appreciate the challenges of the complex project landscape
  • Define a project, program, and portfolio
  • Define a complex project
  • Understand the Scope Triangle
  • Envision the Scope Triangle as a system in balance
  • Prioritize and apply the Scope Triangle for improved change management
  • Know the importance of classifying projects
  • Understand the project landscape and how it is applied

To put projects into perspective, you need a definition—a common starting point. All too often, people call any work they have to do a project. Projects actually have a specific definition. If a set of tasks or work to be done does not meet the strict definition, then it cannot be called a project...