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Project Management Essentials

Book Description

Project management is seen as a critical skill across a broad range of disciplines. Yet most people, regardless of educational background, have never received training in how to plan, manage, and execute projects. Project Management Essentials contains tried and true project management skills in a concise, up to date, user-friendly format. It follows the project lifecycle and provides several ready-to-use templates. A person can use this book to plan and manage a project from start to finish or as a reference for help with one particular component of project management. Alongside each template, is a brief description of what each template is, why it is useful, and an example to illustrate it.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title Page
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Abstract
  6. Contents
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Chapter 1: Introduction to Project Management
    1. What is Project Management?
    2. What is Project Success?
    3. What is a Project Life Cycle?
    4. Key Roles in Project Management?
    5. Overview of Remaining Chapters
  9. Chapter 2: Selecting and Initiating a Project
    1. Portfolio Management
      1. How to Propose a Project
      2. How to Select, Prioritize, and Resources Projects
    2. Project Management Office
    3. Initiating Projects with a Charter
      1. Why Use Charters?
      2. What is Included in a Charter?
      3. How to Construct a Charter?
      4. Approving the Draft Charter
  10. Chapter 3: Engaging Your Team and Other Stakeholders
    1. Your Team
      1. Typical Issues with Project Teams
      2. Identify Team Member Needs and Secure Commitment
      3. Develop Your Project Team
      4. Lead Your Project Team
    2. Identify and Prioritize Stakeholders
      1. Who are My Project’s Stakeholders?
      2. How do I Prioritize My Project Stakeholders?
      3. How do I Communicate with my Project Stakeholders?
  11. Chapter 4: Determining What Your Project Will Deliver
    1. Collect Requirements
    2. Define Scope
      1. Scope and the Project Life Cycle
      2. Constraints and Assumptions
    3. Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
      1. Creating the WBS
      2. Ensuring Participation
    4. Managing Risks
    5. Establishing Change Control
  12. Chapter 5: Project Scheduling
    1. Defining Work Activities
    2. Sequencing Work Activities
    3. Estimating Activity Duration
    4. Developing the Project Schedule
      1. First Pass (Forward)
      2. Second Pass (Backward)
      3. Identifying the Critical path
    5. Showing Your Schedule on a Gantt Chart
    6. Assigning Workers
    7. Identifying Resource Overloads
    8. Using Software
  13. Chapter 6: Budgeting and Baselining Your Project
    1. Estimate Cost
      1. Costs and Sustainability
      2. Types of Costs
      3. Cost Estimating Methods
      4. Contingencies and Uncertainty
      5. Value Engineering
    2. Determine Budget
      1. Aggregating the Budget
      2. Cash Flow
      3. Budgets as a Basis for Control
    3. Consolidate Schedule, Budget, Scope, and Resources into Integrated Plan
    4. Kick-off Project
    5. Baseline Consolidated Project Plan
  14. Chapter 7: Directing Project Performance
    1. Continued Planning and Directing
      1. Directing Project Work
      2. Monitoring and Controlling Project Work
      3. Ensuring Quality
    2. Maintaining Momentum
      1. Monitoring and Controlling Risks
      2. Controlling Schedule and Budget
      3. Controlling Changes
    3. Manage Communications
      1. Understanding Communication Needs
      2. Using Appropriate Communications
    4. Close Project
      1. Transitioning Deliverables
      2. Capturing and Sharing Lessons Learned
      3. Completing Post Project Activities
  15. Appendix 1 – Templates
    1. Project Success Template
    2. Project Life Cycle Roles and Responsibilities
    3. Project Charter
    4. Project Stakeholder Power Interest Grid
    5. Project Communication Matrix
    6. Requirements Traceability Matrix
    7. Change Request
    8. Gantt Chart
    9. RACI Chart
    10. Total Cost Spreadsheet
    11. Budget Aggregation
    12. Earned Value
    13. Progress Report
    14. Project Selection Matrix
    15. Resource Availability Matrix
  16. Appendix 2 – Project Selection, Prioritization and Resourcing
  17. Index