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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

Next Steps

The transition from whatever model you are now using to this WBDC model is significant. If I were to consider implementing it, I would spend considerable workshop time with the key players, assuring they understand the scope of the undertaking and the fact that it is an adaptive effort. Here is a place where an honest and open project scoping and requirements elicitation exercise is an essential ingredient for success. The adopting institutions need to understand that the WBDC model is a dynamic model and to be successful it must anticipate changing conditions and continuously adapt.

Figure B.2 illustrates a high‐level implementation template for the WBDC model. Know at the outset that any implementation of the WBDC model will be highly customized to fit an institution's strategic portfolio. To implement the WBDC should require three years of planning from needs analysis through application processing and acceptance of the first class. By the end of the third year...