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Project Management For Dummies, 4th Edition

Book Description

The bestselling "bible" of project management

In today's time-crunched, cost-conscious global business environment, tight project deadlines and stringent expectations are the norm. Now with 25 percent new and updated content, Project Management For Dummies introduces you to the principles of successful project management and shows you how to motivate any team to gain maximum productivity.

You'll learn how to organize, estimate, and schedule projects efficiently and effectively. You'll also discover how to manage deliverables, issue changes, assess risks, maintain communications, and live up to expectations by making the most of the latest technology and software—and by avoiding common problems that can trip up even the best project managers.

  • The latest information on measuring project management ROI and value to the organization (and customers)

  • Managing Continuous Process Improvement

  • Examples of formats used for different aspects of project management

  • Managing distressed projects and managing multiple team projects

  • Hierarchical decomposition and how it can dramatically improve the effectiveness of project planning and control

  • The latest trend of embracing the use of social media to drive efficiency and improve socialization

  • New information on managing and resolving conflicts that occur during a project

  • Explanations of concepts tested in the PMP certification exam with study tips and practices to help you pass

Project Management For Dummies gives professionals like you everything you need to be successful project managers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Introduction
  5. Part I: Getting Started with Project Management
    1. Chapter 1: Project Management: The Key to Achieving Results
    2. Chapter 2: Knowing Your Project's Audience: Involving the Right People
    3. Chapter 3: Clarifying What You're Trying to Accomplish - And Why
    4. Chapter 4: Developing Your Game Plan: Getting from Here to There
  6. Part II: Planning Time: Determining When and How Much
    1. Chapter 5: You Want This Project Done When?
    2. Chapter 6: Establishing Whom You Need, How Much, and When
    3. Chapter 7: Planning for Other Resources and Developing the Budget
    4. Chapter 8: Venturing into the Unknown: Dealing with Risk
  7. Part III: Group Work: Putting Your Team Together
    1. Chapter 9: Aligning the Key Players for Your Project
    2. Chapter 10: Defining Team Members' Roles and Responsibilities
    3. Chapter 11: Starting Your Project Team Off on the Right Foot
  8. Part IV: Steering the Ship: Managing Your Project to Success
    1. Chapter 12: Tracking Progress and Maintaining Control
    2. Chapter 13: Keeping Everyone Informed
    3. Chapter 14: Encouraging Peak Performance by Providing Effective Leadership
    4. Chapter 15: Bringing Your Project to Closure
  9. Part V: Taking Your Project Management to the Next Level
    1. Chapter 16: Using Technology to Enhance Project Planning and Management
    2. Chapter 17: Monitoring Project Performance with Earned Value Management
  10. Part VI: The Part of Tens
    1. Chapter 18: Ten Questions to Ask Yourself as You Plan Your Project
    2. Chapter 19: Ten Tips for Being a Better Project Manager
    3. Appendix: Combining the Techniques into Smooth-Flowing Processes
  11. Cheat Sheet