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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)
Preface
5
Index
6
End User License Agreement
APPENDIX A: Terms and Acronyms
APPENDIX C: Case Study: Pizza Delivered Quickly (PDQ)
APPENDIX D: Cited References

Part II
Traditional Project Management

Part II has not changed much since the 7th edition. It remains the bedrock for the 8th edition. Traditional Project Management (TPM) is the historical root of modern project management. Some would call it the “Happy Path.” These are the well‐defined projects that populate the project landscape and provide a good starting point for your journey. Chapters 6 through 10 describe that journey, which has five basic phases:

  • Scope a TPM project
  • Plan a TPM project
  • Launch a TPM project
  • Execute a TPM project
  • Close a TPM project

The purpose of Part I was to define projects, project management, and the Process Groups. The five Process Groups and ten Knowledge Areas are the building blocks of every project management life cycle (PMLC). Chapters 6 through 10 present the linear PMLC and the robust use of these building blocks. A number of variations of this linear model exist that an effective project manager will want to add to their toolkit...