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Project Management for Small Business

Book Description

Project management can help companies become more efficient and profitable. But classic project management models often prove too cumbersome for smaller businesses with limited staff resources, tight budgets, and next to no time to devote to learning complex methodologies. These smaller enterprises need the core principles and techniques of project management in a streamlined package. Project Management for Small Business offers simple, repeatable practices for planning, executing, and controlling projects in smaller environments in which one team member may wear multiple hats. Readers will learn how to: • Define project requirements and scope • Create a project schedule based on resource availability • Estimate, budget, and control project costs • Identify and minimize project risks • Manage workflow • Communicate effectively • Control project change • And more. Grounded in real-world experience, this practical guide skips the complicated theory and goes straight to the heart of what it really takes to make a project a success.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. Chapter 1: The Business Of Project Management
    1. Defining Projects
    2. The Triple Constraints of Project Management
    3. Moving Through a Project Life Cycle
    4. Exploring the Project Management Life Cycle
    5. Linking Quality to Profit
    6. The Possibility of Very Profitable Projects
  8. Chapter 2: Initiating A Project
    1. Defining the Project Purpose
    2. Considering the Internal Costs of Project Initiation
    3. Evaluating and Selecting Projects
    4. Completing Projects for Others
    5. Managing Projects for Customers
    6. Creating a Project Statement of Work
    7. How Procurement Works
    8. Choosing a Contract Type
  9. Chapter 3: Planning A Profitable Project
    1. Gathering the Project Requirements
    2. Creating the Project Scope Statement
    3. Developing the Work Breakdown Structure
    4. Producing the Project Activity List
    5. Selecting Your Project Management Software
    6. Building a Project Management Plan
  10. Chapter 4: Managing Project Costs
    1. Building a Cost Management Framework
    2. Creating Project Cost Estimates
    3. Creating a Chart of Accounts
    4. Utilizing Estimating Methods
    5. Spending the Project Budget
    6. Controlling Project Costs
    7. Examining the Cost of Quality
  11. Chapter 5: Scheduling Project Work
    1. Linking Schedule, Costs, and Scope
    2. Creating the Project Schedule
    3. Sequencing Activities
    4. Developing the Schedule
    5. Compressing the Schedule
    6. Controlling the Schedule
  12. Chapter 6: Controlling The Project
    1. Protecting the Project Scope from Changes
    2. Controlling Costs
    3. Managing the Schedule
    4. Creating a Project Change Control System
    5. Controlling Project Quality
  13. Chapter 7: Managing Project Risk
    1. Exploring Risk and Reward
    2. Identifying and Documenting Project Risk
    3. Analyzing Risk Events
    4. Creating Risk Responses
    5. Monitoring and Controlling Project Risks
  14. Chapter 8: Communicating With Project Stakeholders
    1. Identifying Project Stakeholders
    2. Analyzing Stakeholders
    3. Establishing a Communications Management Plan
    4. Tracking and Reporting Project Performance
    5. Conferring with Stakeholders
  15. Chapter 9: Managing Project Workflow
    1. Exploring Your Project Work
    2. Identifying the Phases of the Project
    3. Identifying and Managing Cost-Laden Project Phases
    4. Managing the Project Team
    5. Coordinating Efforts
  16. Chapter 10: Closing A Project
    1. Completing Scope Verification
    2. Managing Project Claims
    3. Closing Project Procurements
    4. Officially Closing the Project
    5. Rewarding the Project Team
    6. Managing Invoices and Project Payments
  17. Index