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PM 101 According to the Olde Curmudgeon: An Introduction to the Basic Concepts of Modern Project Management

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Writing as the 'olde curmudgeon,' Francis M. Webster Jr. lets new project managers in on the tricks of the trade. By following his advice, the most inexperienced novice should look good. In PM 101 According to the Olde Curmudgeon: An Introduction to the Basic Concepts of Project Management, Webster shares his well reasoned, well-organized observations honed over thirty years. This carefully written manual is full of ideas, distinctions, rules, metaphors--even commandments. PM 101 is essential for new project managers who need to come off the blocks on the right foot fast!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication Page
  5. Contents
  6. Figures
  7. Tables
  8. Foreword
  9. Preface
  10. Acknowledgments
  11. Chapter I: Modern Project Management—Its Time has Come!
    1. What are Projects?
    2. The Development of Modern Project Management
    3. Benefits of Modern Project Management
    4. Conclusion
  12. Chapter II: So what is a Project?
    1. A Taxonomy of Work Efforts
    2. The Nature of Projects
    3. Summary
  13. Chapter III: Modern Project Management
    1. The Development of Modern Project Management
    2. Dimensions of Project Management
    3. Assigning Responsibilities
    4. Managing the Milieu of the Project
    5. The Project Management Knowledge Areas
    6. Summary
    7. Appendix III.A—Mars Pathfinder Project
  14. Chapter IV: The Project Manager—Technical Skills
    1. Introduction
    2. The Skill Areas
    3. Summary
  15. Chapter V: The Project Manager—A Leader
    1. Leadership and Interpersonal Skills
    2. Summary
    3. Appendix V.A—Mars Pathfinder Project
  16. Chapter VI: The Project Manager—Administrative Skills
    1. Introduction
    2. The Skills
    3. Summary
    4. Appendix VI.A—Mars Pathfinder Project
  17. Chapter VII: Scope Management
    1. The Genesis of Projects
    2. Managing Product Scope
    3. Managing Project Scope
    4. Project Life Cycles
    5. Minimizing Disputes
    6. The Good News
    7. Appendix VII.A—Mars Pathfinder Project
    8. Appendix VII.B—Mars Pathfinder Project
  18. Chapter VIII: The Work Breakdown Structure
    1. Preparing to Develop the Work Breakdown Structure
    2. The Work Breakdown Structure
    3. Rules for Developing a Work Breakdown Structure
    4. The Project Team
    5. Project Strategy and the Work Breakdown Structure
    6. Selecting the Preferred Work Breakdown Structure
    7. A Final Thought
    8. Appendix VIII.A—Mars Pathfinder Project
  19. Chapter IX: Planning—The Project Network Diagram Approach
    1. Introduction
    2. The Basic Concepts of Project Network Diagrams
    3. Planning with Project Network Diagrams
    4. Project Planning Misconceptions
    5. Good Practices
    6. Summary
    7. Appendix IX.A—Some Historical Perspective
  20. Epilogue
  21. References