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Successful Project Management, 5th Edition

Book Description

Will enable any manager to improve success rates by offering guidance on project conception, planning, launch, execution, closure and evaluation, plus how to manage stakeholders and risks.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Contents
  4. Introduction
  5. 1    What is success?
    1. What happens to the project?
    2. Defining success
    3. Your view of success
    4. Comments
    5. Success depends on who is measuring
    6. What are the perceived causes of failure?
    7. Reduce the probability of failure
  6. 2    The climate for success
    1. Why do initiatives appear to fail?
    2. Some definitions
    3. Projects – are they just an accident?
    4. What’s the current climate?
    5. Influence of organizational culture
    6. What influences culture
    7. Influence of the organization structure
    8. Influence of the business strategy
    9. The operating climate for success
    10. The key activities
    11. The key players – defined roles and responsibilities
  7. 3    The project process – key steps for success
    1. The project phases
    2. The phase gates
    3. The phase gate – a constraint?
    4. The key steps to success
  8. 4    Project conception and start-up
    1. Selecting the right project
    2. Quantitative models
    3. The start-up process
    4. Customer needs and expectations
    5. The customer ‘contract’
    6. Customer satisfaction
    7. Identifying the project constraints
    8. Assumptions
    9. Review and control
    10. The kick-off meeting
    11. Background
    12. Context
    13. Approach
    14. Objectives
    15. Constraints
    16. Recording essential information
  9. 5    The definition phase
    1. The project brief and specification
    2. Defining the project
    3. What is necessary to define a project?
    4. A project organization chart
    5. A stakeholder list
    6. A statement of requirements
    7. A project objectives statement
    8. A scope of work statement
    9. Risk assessment
    10. Keep your head – don’t go wild!
    11. When is it necessary?
    12. Getting your project definition approved
  10. 6    Managing the stakeholders
    1. What is a stakeholder?
    2. Identifying stakeholders
    3. The two most important stakeholders
    4. Stakeholder influence
    5. Gathering information about stakeholders
    6. The stakeholder influence matrix
    7. What happens next with stakeholders?
  11. 7    Managing the risks
    1. What is a risk?
    2. Why bother?
    3. The risk management process
    4. Identifying the risks
    5. A typical starter checklist
    6. Decide the primary response strategy
    7. Quantifying the risks
    8. Risk score
    9. What do I do now?
    10. Risk ownership
    11. Monitoring risks
    12. Issues
  12. 8    Planning the project
    1. A common misconception
    2. Who needs to be involved?
    3. Where does planning start?
    4. Identifying the key stages
    5. Allocating responsibility
    6. Estimating
    7. Contingencies
    8. The critical path of your project
    9. The PERT critical analysis technique
    10. Analyse resource requirements
    11. Optimizing your schedule
    12. Review the project risk log
    13. Review the project budget
    14. Freezing the baseline schedule
    15. Seeking approval to launch
  13. 9    Launching and executing the project
    1. Preparing for project execution
    2. The control environment
    3. Monitoring the progress
    4. Managing the issues arising
    5. Tracking your project
    6. Control the costs
    7. Cost control measures
  14. 10    Closure and post-project evaluation
    1. Project drift
    2. Set the completion criteria
    3. The acceptance process checklist
    4. The closeout meeting
    5. Post-project evaluation
  15. Glossary of terms
  16. Further reading
  17. Copyright