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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 III
Complex Project Management

Part III discusses the major versions of complex project management. If Traditional Project Management (TPM) is the “Happy Path,” then Agile Project Management (APM) and Extreme Project Management (xPM) are something altogether different. Happy is in the eyes of the beholder and some might find complex project management happy because they relish the challenges it provides. They are the chefs among us. Others, the cooks among us, fear having to think their way out of a project challenge and would rather have the comfort of a recipe they could follow without having to think—not too much anyway.

In the complex project world at least one of the goals or solutions are not clearly known at the outset of the project. That usually means that the TPM models won't work and some adjustments will have to be made. Be comforted in the fact that the phases along with the tools, templates, and processes that support them will still be applicable...