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Successful Project Management, 5th Edition
by Trevor L Young
Publisher: Kogan Page
Release Date: July 2016
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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 What is success?
What happens to the project?
Your view of success
Success depends on who is measuring
What are the perceived causes of failure?
Reduce the probability of failure
2 The climate for success
Why do initiatives appear to fail?
Projects – are they just an accident?
What’s the current climate?
Influence of organizational culture
What influences culture
Influence of the organization structure
Influence of the business strategy
The operating climate for success
The key activities
The key players – defined roles and responsibilities
3 The project process – key steps for success
The project phases
The phase gates
The phase gate – a constraint?
The key steps to success
4 Project conception and start-up
Selecting the right project
The start-up process
Customer needs and expectations
The customer ‘contract’
Identifying the project constraints
Review and control
The kick-off meeting
Recording essential information
5 The definition phase
The project brief and specification
Defining the project
What is necessary to define a project?
A project organization chart
A stakeholder list
A statement of requirements
A project objectives statement
A scope of work statement
Keep your head – don’t go wild!
When is it necessary?
Getting your project definition approved
6 Managing the stakeholders
What is a stakeholder?
The two most important stakeholders
Gathering information about stakeholders
The stakeholder influence matrix
What happens next with stakeholders?
7 Managing the risks
What is a risk?
The risk management process
Identifying the risks
A typical starter checklist
Decide the primary response strategy
Quantifying the risks
What do I do now?
8 Planning the project
A common misconception
Who needs to be involved?
Where does planning start?
Identifying the key stages
The critical path of your project
The PERT critical analysis technique
Analyse resource requirements
Optimizing your schedule
Review the project risk log
Review the project budget
Freezing the baseline schedule
Seeking approval to launch
9 Launching and executing the project
Preparing for project execution
The control environment
Monitoring the progress
Managing the issues arising
Tracking your project
Control the costs
Cost control measures
10 Closure and post-project evaluation
Set the completion criteria
The acceptance process checklist
The closeout meeting
Glossary of terms