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The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management

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The all-inclusive guide to exceptional project management

The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management is the comprehensive guide to real-world project management methods, tools, and techniques. Practical, easy-to-use, and deeply thorough, this book gives you answers you need now. You'll find the cutting-edge ideas and hard-won wisdom of one of the field's leading experts, delivered in short, lively segments that address common management issues. Brief descriptions of important concepts, tips on real-world applications, and compact case studies illustrate the most sought-after skills and the pitfalls you should watch out for. This new fifth edition features new case studies, new information on engaging stakeholders, change management, new guidance on using Agile techniques, and new content that integrates current events and trends in the project management sphere.

Project management is a complex role, with seemingly conflicting demands that must be coordinated into a single, overarching, executable strategy—all within certain time, resource, and budget constraints. This book shows you how to get it all together and get it done, with expert guidance every step of the way.

  • Navigate complex management issues effectively
  • Master key concepts and real-world applications
  • Learn from case studies of today's leading experts
  • Keep your project on track, on time, and on budget

From finding the right sponsor to clarifying objectives to setting a realistic schedule and budget projection, all across different departments, executive levels, or technical domains, project management incorporates a wide range of competencies. The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management shows you what you need to know, the best way to do it, and what to watch out for along the way.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Forms Available Online
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. About the Author
  7. Preface
  8. Part 1: Introduction
    1. Chapter 1: Project Management: A Platform for Innovation
      1. Introduction
      2. Project Management Is Keeping Pace With Global Change
      3. Project Management Is An Essential Leadership Skillset
      4. Successful Projects Deliver Value
      5. The Art And Science Of Project Leadership
      6. A Practical Checklist For Successful Projects: How This Book Will Help You
      7. Beyond The Book: Tools For Application And Continuous Learning
      8. End Point
    2. Chapter 2: Foundation Principles of Project Management
      1. Introduction
      2. Projects Require Project Management
      3. The Challenge of Managing Projects
      4. The Evolution of a Discipline
      5. The Definition of Success
      6. Project Management Functions
      7. Project Life Cycle
      8. Organizing for Projects
      9. Project Managers are Leaders
      10. End Point
    3. Chapter 3: Build Great Products: Lessons from Agile, Lean Start-Up, and Stage-Gate
      1. Introduction
      2. Defining Value: A new Lens for Judging Projects Informs the Development Process
      3. Leverage a Consistent Product Development Process
      4. Best Practices for Capturing Requirements are Integrated into a Product Development Process
      5. A Development Process is not Project Management
      6. Innovation Projects Experiment to Discover Desirability and Viability
      7. End Point
  9. Part 2: Defining the Project
    1. Chapter 4: Project Initiation: Turning a Problem or Opportunity into a Project
      1. Introduction
      2. Project Initiation's Place in the Project Life Cycle
      3. A Proposal Defines the Future Business Value
      4. Managing Requirements is Tightly Linked to Project Initiation
      5. Common Principles for Project Initiation
      6. Basic Project Proposal Content
      7. Designing a Realistic Initiation Process
      8. End Point
    2. Chapter 5: Know Your Key Stakeholders and Win Their Cooperation
      1. Introduction
      2. Stakeholder Focus Throughout the Life of the Project
      3. Stakeholder Management is Risk Management for People
      4. Stakeholder Roles: Project Manager
      5. Stakeholder Roles: Project Team
      6. Stakeholder Roles: Management
      7. Stakeholder Roles: The Customer
      8. Affected Stakeholders can Make Crucial Contributions
      9. Engage Affected Stakeholders
      10. Lead the Stakeholders
      11. End Point
      12. Fast Foundation in Project Management
    3. Chapter 6: Write the Rules: Key Documents to Manage Expectations and Define Success
      1. Introduction
      2. Project Rules are the Foundation
      3. Publish a Project Charter
      4. Write a Statement of Work
      5. Statement of Work: Minimum Content
  10. Part 3: The Planning Process
    1. Chapter 7: Risk Management: Minimize the Threats to Your Project
      1. Introduction
      2. All Project Management is Risk Management
      3. The Risk Management Framework
      4. Step One: Identify the Risks
      5. Step Two: Analyze and Prioritize the Risks
      6. Step Three: Develop Response Plans
      7. Step Four: Establish Contingency and Reserve
      8. Step Five: Continuous Risk Management
      9. Unexpected Leadership
      10. End Point
      11. Fast Foundation in Project Management
    2. Chapter 8: Work Breakdown Structure: Break Your Project into Manageable Units of Work
      1. Introduction
      2. Defining the Work Breakdown Structure
      3. Building a Work Breakdown Structure
      4. Criteria for a Successful Work Breakdown Structure
      5. Work Package Size
      6. Planning for Quality
      7. Breaking Down Large Programs
      8. Contractors or Vendors can Provide a WBS
      9. End Point
    3. Chapter 9: Realistic Scheduling
      1. Introduction
      2. Planning Overview
      3. Planning Step Two: Identify Task Relationships
      4. Planning Step Three: Estimate Work Packages
      5. Planning Step Four: Calculate an Initial Schedule
      6. Planning Step Five: Assign and Level Resources
      7. Small Projects Need Smaller Plans
      8. End Point
      9. Fast Foundation in Project Management
    4. Chapter 10: Managing Agile Development with Scrum
      1. Introduction
      2. Scrum is a Framework
      3. Managing the Product Backlog
      4. Make the Plan Visible: Task Boards and Burndown Charts
      5. Key Factors for Scrum to be Effective
      6. End Point
    5. Chapter 11: The Art and Science of Accurate Estimating
      1. Introduction
      2. Estimating Fundamentals
      3. Estimating Techniques
      4. Building the Detailed Budget Estimate
      5. Generating the Cash Flow Schedule
      6. End Point
      7. Fast Foundation in Project Management
    6. Chapter 12: Balancing the Trade-Off Among Cost, Schedule, and Quality
      1. Introduction
      2. Three Levels of Balancing A Project
      3. Balancing at the Project Level
      4. Balancing at the Business Case Level
      5. Balancing at the Enterprise Level
      6. End Point
  11. Part 4: Controlling the Project
    1. Chapter 13: Building a High-Performance Project Team
      1. Introduction
      2. A Framework for Building High-Performance Teams
      3. Leadership Responsibilities
      4. Building a Positive Team Environment
      5. Ground Rules
      6. Team Identity
      7. Team Listening Skills
      8. Meeting Management
      9. Summary of Building a Positive Team Environment
      10. Collaborative Problem Solving
      11. Problem Analysis
      12. Decision Modes
      13. Conflict Management
      14. Continuous Learning
      15. Summary of Collaborative Problem Solving
      16. Job Satisfaction
      17. End Point
    2. Chapter 14: Clear Communication Among Project Stakeholders
      1. Introduction
      2. Embrace Your Role as a Leader
      3. Creating a Communication Plan
      4. Change Management: Promote Behavior Change in Affected Stakeholders
      5. Communicating Within the Project Team
      6. Closeout Reporting
      7. End Point
      8. Fast Foundation in Project Management
    3. Chapter 15: Control Scope to Deliver Value
      1. Introduction
      2. The Change Control Process
      3. Configuration Management
      4. Change Control is Essential for Managing Expectations
      5. End Point
      6. Fast Foundation in Project Management
    4. Chapter 16: Measuring Progress
      1. Introduction
      2. Measuring Schedule Performance
      3. Measuring Cost Performance
      4. Earned Value Reporting
      5. Cost and Schedule Baselines
      6. End Point
    5. Chapter 17: Solving Common Project Problems
      1. Introduction
      2. Responsibility Beyond Your Authority
      3. Disaster Recovery
      4. Reducing the Time to Market
      5. When the Customer Delays the Project
      6. The Impossible Dream
      7. Fighting Fires
      8. Managing Volunteers
      9. End Point
  12. Part 5: Advancing Your Practice of Project Management
    1. Chapter 18: Enterprise Project Management: Coordinate All Projects and Project Resources in Your Organization
      1. Introduction
      2. Defining Enterprise Project Management
      3. Three Tiers Of Management Within Epm
      4. The Four Components Of Epm
      5. Establish Consistent Epm Processes
      6. Technology Enables Epm Processes
      7. The People Who Deliver Projects
      8. Support Project Management: The Project Office
      9. End Point
    2. Chapter 19: Requirements Engineering: The Key to Building the Right Product
      1. Introduction
      2. Requirements Engineering And Project Management Are Intimately Connected
      3. Requirement Types Illustrate The Evolving Product Vision
      4. Requirements Engineering Scope And Processes
      5. Iterative Development Changes the Paradigm
      6. Requirements Development Activities
      7. Requirements Management Activities
      8. Requirements Documentation Techniques
      9. Requirements Engineering Demands Discipline
      10. End Point
    3. Chapter 20: Project Portfolio Management: Align Project Resources with Business Strategy
      1. Introduction
      2. The Scope and Goals of the Portfolio
      3. Stakeholders: Roles in Project Portfolio Management
      4. Ppm Information Supports Decisions
      5. Project Selection and Prioritization
      6. Ongoing Portfolio Management
      7. Monitor the Results of Projects and the Portfolio
      8. Culture Change
      9. End Point
    4. Chapter 21: PMP Exam Preparation
      1. Introduction
      2. Requirements to Earn the PMP
      3. Top 10 Study Tips for the PMP Exam
      4. End Point
    5. Chapter 22: Microsoft Project: Guidelines for Effective Use
      1. Introduction
      2. Project Management Software Supports the Discipline
      3. Looking Under the HOOD: The Design of Project
      4. Set Up the Project First
      5. Follow the Planning Model in this Book
      6. Task Types: Fix the Duration, Work, or Resource Level
      7. Assigning Resources to a Project
      8. Resource Leveling Your Schedule
      9. Maintaining the Plan Throughout the Project
      10. Project Server and Project Web App
      11. End Point
  13. Appendix A: The Detailed Planning Model
  14. Appendix B: Downloadable Form Samples
  15. Index
  16. End User License Agreement