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Shortcuts to success - Project management in the real world

Book Description

Anything from an office move to the Olympic Games can be termed a project, and 97 per cent of successful projects are led by an experienced project manager. Presenting over 250 years of professional project management experience in a highly accessible format, this entertaining yet practical book will help project managers get up to speed quickly with good practice, avoid pitfalls and deliver business value. This fully updated edition reflects changes to working practices such as the use of social media and collaboration tools.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. List of Figures and Tables
  8. Author
  9. Foreword
  10. Acknowledgements
  11. Glossary
  12. Preface
  13. Section 1: Managing Project Budgets
    1. Introduction
    2. 1. Create a realistic budget
    3. 2. Calculate the true cost
    4. 3. Track estimate to complete
    5. 4. Agree a budget tolerance
    6. 5. Have a contingency fund
    7. 6. Gain buy-in for collective budget responsibility
    8. 7. Agree who holds signing authority
    9. 8. Arrange for a peer review
    10. 9. Manage projects with no budget carefully
    11. 10. Use timesheets for tracking time
    12. 11. Budget for change management
    13. 12. Understand the benefits
    14. Further reading for this section
  14. Section 2: Managing Project Scope
    1. Introduction
    2. 13. Keep it small
    3. 14. Know where you fit
    4. 15. Work out how to manage changes
    5. 16. Include quality planning in scope
    6. 17. Work out how to track benefits
    7. 18. Eliminate ambiguity
    8. 19. Use version control
    9. 20. Put a post-project review in scope
    10. 21. Identify risks upfront
    11. 22. Manage risks
    12. 23. Manage issues
    13. 24. Document assumptions
    14. 25. Involve users in scope definition
    15. 26. Communicate and document changes
    16. 27. Plan for handover into production
    17. 28. Actively manage requirements
    18. Further reading for this section
  15. Section 3: Managing Project Teams
    1. Introduction
    2. 29. Set the vision
    3. 30. Know the culture of your team
    4. 31. Agree who is going to sign off
    5. 32. Don’t forget the soft stuff
    6. 33. Train your sponsor
    7. 34. Carry out stakeholder analysis
    8. 35. Present your stuff interestingly
    9. 36. Organise a party
    10. 37. Make friends with the PMO
    11. 38. Be a leader
    12. 39. Manage a matrix environment
    13. Further reading for this section
  16. Section 4: Managing Project Plans
    1. Introduction
    2. 40. Keep up the momentum
    3. 41. Plan first – set end date later
    4. 42. Manage fixed date projects carefully
    5. 43. Have short tasks
    6. 44. Understand the critical path
    7. 45. Baseline your schedule
    8. 46. Make meetings productive
    9. 47. Delegate sub-plans to workstream leaders
    10. 48. Manage project dependencies
    11. 49. Manage multiple projects at the same time
    12. Further reading for this section
  17. Section 5: Managing Yourself
    1. Introduction
    2. 50. Get organised
    3. 51. Don’t do zombie project management
    4. 52. Keep your records tidy
    5. 53. Manage your personal brand
    6. 54. Navigate office politics
    7. 55. Know what’s a showstopper
    8. 56. Learn how to facilitate
    9. 57. Get a mentor
    10. 58. Do documentation
    11. 59. Don’t be afraid to suggest they pull the plug
    12. 60. Archive effectively
    13. Further reading for this section
  18. Join the conversation
  19. Share these ideas
  20. Appendix 1: Risk log
  21. Appendix 2: Issue log
  22. Appendix 3: Change log
  23. Appendix 4: Foreword to the first edition
  24. End notes/References
  25. Back Cover