Chapter 1

Achieving Results


check Defining a project and its four stages

check Breaking down project management

check Identifying the project manager’s role

check Determining whether you have what you need to be a successful project manager

Successful organizations create projects that produce desired results in established time frames with assigned resources. As a result, businesses are increasingly driven to find individuals who can excel in this project-oriented environment.

Because you’re reading this book, chances are good that you’ve been asked to manage a project. So, hang on tight — you’re going to need a new set of skills and techniques to steer that project to successful completion. But not to worry! This chapter gets you off to a smooth start by showing you what projects and project management really are and by helping you separate projects from nonproject assignments. This chapter also offers the rationale for why projects succeed or fail and gets you into the project-management mind-set.

Determining What Makes a Project a Project

No matter what your job is, you handle a myriad ...

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