Title How to Manage Projects (Creating Success Series)
Subtitle Essential Project Management Skills to Deliver On-Time, On-Budget Results
Author Paul J. Fielding
ISBN 9780749488697
List price GBP 9.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 256
Book size 140 x 216 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Kogan Page Limited
Published in India by .
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Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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Are you overwhelmed by project management jargon? Interested in developing a project management career, but bewildered by the plethora of costly courses and qualifications? Then this is the book for you. How to Manage Projects explains the fundamentals of this essential skill in a clear, practical and accessible way, making it the perfect introduction to managing better projects in your current role, or even that first step to developing a professional career as a project manager.

Brand new for 2019, the latest addition to Kogan Page’s bestselling Creating Success series features practical exercises and top tips, and takes you through successfully and confidently managing a project from conception to completion. Essential reading for anyone who wants to manage their own projects well without all the unnecessary jargon, How to Manage Projects makes this vital skill easily accessible with one handy, easy-to-use book.

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Unlock vital skills, power up your performance and get ahead with the bestselling Creating Success series. Written by experts for new and aspiring managers and leaders, this million-selling collection of accessible and empowering guides will get you up to speed in no time. Packed with clever thinking, smart advice and the kind of winning techniques that really get results, you’ll make fast progress, quickly reach your goals and create lasting success in your career.


Key Features:

  • Provides a complete, jargon-free introduction to the principles and practices of project management, along with practical tools and checklists to use in real life
  • Is part of the bestselling Creating Success series, which has sold over one million copies and contains practical advice on essential and value-adding work skills to help you develop your career
  • Features practical, exercises, templates tools and checklists to use in real life


About the author


Chapter 1: Project success is more than just one thing • How to use this book

Chapter 2: The accidental project manager: What is this going to take? • What is a project?

Chapter 3: Where does a project manager fit in the organization? The role of the PMO • If a PMO exists • What if a PMO does not exist?

Chapter 4: Project governance • Governance team guidance • The project’s governance team: fit and function • The governance team: form • The governance team: operational considerations

Chapter 5: Project scope: Defining it, managing it, changing it and avoiding creep • Defining the scope • Buy-in • Change control • Involve your friendly organizational lawyer

Chapter 6: The project quality plan • Meet the customer’s requirements • Small mistakes enable big successes (aka prototyping) • Design for tolerance of variation and interactions • Regulatory and compliance plan

Chapter 7: Different types of project lifecycle models • The classic waterfall project lifecycle • The V-model • The rapid prototyping lifecycle • The Agile concept • The blended lifecycle – reality

Chapter 8: Planning the project: Schedule management (time management) • What is an activity? • Sequencing the activities • Estimating the durations of the activities • Scheduling the activities • Managing the schedule

Chapter 9: The project staffing plan • Staffing • Defining the resource need – skill traceability • Schedule timing and resource loading • Resource management

Chapter 10: Design and configuration management • A deadly serious example • So who is responsible for managing configuration management? • Formally defining configuration management • Configuration management and project requirements • Design traceability matrix • Capturing the configuration and the supporting system for using it

Chapter 11: Cost planning and cost management • Tendencies towards managing outcomes and money • Current data, historical data, and estimates vs contracted prices • The project plan, the components and your organization • Cost management or driving through the rear-view mirror

Chapter 12: The project’s supply chain plan • A note on vertical integration • Take a balanced approach • How to develop a supply chain plan

Chapter 13: Project execution: Tracking, updating, reporting and acceptance • The best-laid plans • Monitoring and re-planning • Tracking frequency • Types of check-in • Keeping everyone up to date • Upward reporting: frequency, purpose, structure and style • Getting acceptance

Chapter 14: Evaluation, lessons learnt and improving the next project • Evaluate like an airline • Where does an evaluation fit? • The accidental, not-so-accidentally successful project manager

About the Author:

Paul J Fielding (Ph.D.) is a business consultant specializing in developing project management systems, business operations, and quality systems for his clients. He has received international awards and recognition (including the Deming Award), and has worked across many industries, technologies, and cultures, from large institutions to startups and nonprofits. He has developed a worldwide reputation for developing quality project management systems, international business operations, creating game-changing process innovations, and quality improvement processes. He currently operates out of Portland, ME; Dallas, TX; and NYC.

Target Audience:

It is an essential reading for anyone who wants to manage their own projects well without all the unnecessary jargon. It helps to manage better projects in your current role, or even that first step to developing a professional career as a project manager.


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