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Effective Project Management - Eighth Edition

By : Robert K. Wysocki
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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

APPENDIX C
Case Study: Pizza Delivered Quickly (PDQ)

Pizza Delivered Quickly (PDQ) is a local chain (40 stores) of eat‐in and home delivery pizza stores. Recently PDQ has lost 30 percent of sales revenue due mostly to a drop in its home delivery business. It attributes this solely to its major competitor who recently promoted a program that guarantees 45‐minute delivery service from order entry to home delivery. PDQ advertises one‐hour delivery. PDQ currently uses computers for in‐store operations and the usual business functions, but otherwise is not heavily dependent upon software systems to help them receive, process, and home deliver its customers’ orders. Pepe Ronee, supervisor of computer operations, has been charged with developing a software application to identify “pizza factory” locations and create the software system needed to operate them. In commissioning this project, Dee Livery, PDQ's president, said to pull out all...