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Tools and Tips for Today’s Project Manager

Book Description

Two former college lecturers whose business experience includes manufacturing, telecommunications, aerospace, and artificial intelligence wrote this useful guide. Their book, which they abbreviate "TnT," is an explosive mixture of insider information and effective strategies. Each entry takes an average of one page (longer versions include graphics), and delivers quick insight into the meaning and application of the most current terms in project management today.

Although directed toward project managers, others working in the fields of finance, marketing, sales, and human resources will find this book a useful starting point. Gathered in one convenient place are over 150 ideas and strategies delivered in a short, to-the-point style, and the common and uncommon terms every project manager has heard, seen, or been asked to use or define. A dynamite must-read featuring the most explosive project management terms and concepts for today’s project manager!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Figures
  3. Tables
  4. Preface
  5. Tools and Tips
    1. Affinity Diagram
    2. Agenda
    3. Analysis and Analysis Paralysis
    4. Authority
    5. Baselining
    6. Bell-Shaped Curve
    7. Benchmarking
    8. Brainstorming
    9. Breakeven Analysis
    10. Cause-and-Effect Graph
    11. Chain of Command
    12. Change Control Sheet
    13. Change Management
    14. Charts and Graphs
    15. Checklists
    16. Checkpoint Review Meeting
    17. Chunking
    18. Communication Diagram
    19. Configuration Management
    20. Conflict Management
    21. Consultant Selection
    22. Contingency Plan
    23. Contract Types
    24. Controlling
    25. Cost/Benefit Analysis
    26. Cost
    27. Crisis Management
    28. Critical Issues/Action Items Log
    29. Critical Success Factors
    30. Daily Priority Task Listing
    31. Data versus Information
    32. Decision-Making
    33. Decision Table
    34. Decision Tree
    35. Delegating
    36. Deming Wheel
    37. Design Principles
    38. Diagramming
    39. Document Templates
    40. Earned Value
    41. Efficiency and Effectiveness
    42. E-mail
    43. Entropy
    44. Equipment Usage Log
    45. Facilitation (Workshops)
    46. Fishbone Diagram
    47. Five Ws
    48. Flextime
    49. Flowcharting
    50. Forms Layout
    51. Frequency Distribution
    52. Gantt Chart
    53. Glossary
    54. Goals and Objectives
    55. Grouping
    56. Heuristics
    57. History File
    58. Hypothesis Formulation and Testing
    59. Imagineering
    60. Impact Analysis
    61. Information Center
    62. Input-Process-Output Analysis Model
    63. Interruption Reduction
    64. Interviewing
    65. Issue-Action Diagram
    66. Just-in-Time Delivery
    67. Key Contact Listing
    68. Leading
    69. Lessons Learned
    70. Listening
    71. Make-Buy Analysis
    72. Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP II)
    73. Matrix
    74. Matrix versus Task Force Structure
    75. Mean
    76. Median
    77. Meetings
    78. Memo of Understanding
    79. Methodology Development
    80. Metrics
    81. Mind Mapping
    82. Minutes
    83. Mode
    84. Modeling
    85. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
    86. Negotiations
    87. Net Present Value
    88. Network Diagram
    89. Newsletter
    90. No!
    91. Nonmonetary Rewards
    92. Object versus Process Analysis
    93. Operations Manual
    94. Organization Chart
    95. Organizing
    96. Outline
    97. Outsourcing
    98. Overcoming Bottlenecks
    99. P2M2 Cycle
    100. Paradigms
    101. Pareto Analysis
    102. Parkinson’s Law
    103. Participative Decision-Making
    104. Payback Analysis
    105. PERT Estimating Technique
    106. Peter Principle
    107. Phase Breakdown
    108. Planning
    109. POSDCORB
    110. Presentations
    111. Priority Setting
    112. Probability
    113. Problem Analysis and Solution
    114. Procedures
    115. Process Streamlining
    116. Project Announcement
    117. Project Life Cycle
    118. Project Office
    119. Prototype
    120. Quality Review
    121. Quartiles
    122. Recycle and Resale
    123. Reengineering
    124. Replanning
    125. Reports
    126. Request for Proposal (Response)
    127. Resource Leveling
    128. Responsibility Matrix
    129. Return on Investment
    130. Reuse
    131. Risk Management
    132. Sampling
    133. Scattergram
    134. Scientific Method
    135. S Curve
    136. Self-Directed Work Teams
    137. Single Point of Contact
    138. Sketch
    139. Software Selection
    140. Span of Control
    141. Speed-Reading
    142. Staff Meetings
    143. Standards
    144. Statement of Work (Understanding)
    145. Statistical Corruptions and Distortions
    146. Statistical Process Control Chart
    147. Status Collection
    148. Status Review Meetings
    149. Supply Chain Manufacturing
    150. SWAT Teams
    151. Systems Theory
    152. T Account Decision-Making
    153. Teamwork
    154. Telecommuting
    155. Telephone Tag
    156. Testing
    157. Time Log
    158. Total Quality Management
    159. Transactional Analysis
    160. Transportation Consolidation
    161. Unity of Command
    162. Validity Threats
    163. Value Management
    164. Variability
    165. Verification
    166. Videoconferencing
    167. Viewfoils
    168. Virtual Teams
    169. Visibility Wall/Room
    170. Web Site
    171. Weighted Selection Criteria Approach
    172. Work Breakdown Structure
  6. References
    1. General
    2. Creativity
    3. Information
    4. Meetings
    5. Methods/Processes
    6. Organization
    7. People
    8. Planning
    9. Time
  7. Appendix
  8. Upgrade Your Project Management Knowledge with First-Class Publications from PMI
    1. Project Management Software Survey
    2. Successful Information System Implementation, Second Edition
    3. Recipes for Project Success
    4. The Future of Project Management
    5. The Juggler’s Guide to Managing Multiple Projects
    6. New Resources for PMP Candidates
    7. PMP Resource Package
    8. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK™ Guide)
    9. Interactive PMBOK Guide
    10. Managing Projects Step-by-Step™
    11. PMBOK™ Q&A
    12. PMI Proceedings Library CD-ROM
    13. PMI Publications Library CD-ROM
    14. Also Available from PMI