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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

The Problem

The workforce and business development problem is complex, filled with uncertainty, and constantly changing. I am taking a holistic view of the problem but not without offering an adaptive solution to resolve it. To appreciate the scope of the problem I think it is best to explain it in terms of its three interdependent parts: the business environment, the worker environment, and the learning environment. I've summarized them in the following sections.

The Business Environment

We all know that local, state, national, and global business communities are in the tank and our best minds have only been able to guess at the corrective steps that might be taken. Many are of the opinion that capitalism and the free market will correct the situation and no intervention is needed or advised. Others believe that only with aggressive government intervention and financial support will the economy recover. By contrast the two major political parties are deeply divided over the role...