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Project Management for Information Professionals

Book Description

Aimed at practitioners, this handbook imparts guidance on project management techniques in the cultural heritage sector. Information professionals often direct complex endeavors with limited project management training or resources. Project Management for Information Professionals demystifies the tools and processes essential to successful project management and advises on how to manage the interpersonal dynamics and organizational culture that influence the effectiveness of these methods. With this book, readers will gain the knowledge to initiate, plan, execute, monitor, and close projects.

  • offers guidance based on real-world experience
  • prepares readers without prior project management knowledge or experience
  • provides lean, easy-to-read, and jargon-free instructions
  • aimed at information professionals working in libraries, archives, museums

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Series Page
  5. Copyright
  6. About the Author
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Introduction
  9. Chapter 1. Project Management Overview
    1. 1.1. What Is a Project?
    2. 1.2. What Is Project Management?
    3. 1.3. Project Management Benefits
  10. Chapter 2. Selection and Prioritization
    1. 2.1. Identifying the Project
    2. 2.2. Determining Goals and Objectives
    3. 2.3. Formulating Strategies
    4. 2.4. Gathering Requirements
    5. 2.5. Determining Deliverables
    6. 2.6. Clarifying Success Criteria
    7. 2.7. Formulating the Scope Statement
    8. 2.8. Considering Assumptions and Risks
  11. Chapter 3. Leading and Managing Teams
    1. 3.1. Becoming the Project Manager
    2. 3.2. Developing Leadership Skills
    3. 3.3. Working with Stakeholders
    4. 3.4. Developing the Team
    5. 3.5. Determining Roles
    6. 3.6. Evaluating Performance
    7. 3.7. Tracking Progress
    8. 3.8. Managing Expectations
  12. Chapter 4. Planning and Scheduling
    1. 4.1. Preparing the Plan
    2. 4.2. Developing the Work Breakdown Structure
    3. 4.3. Defining the Sequence of Work
    4. 4.4. Developing the Schedule
    5. 4.5. Executing the Plan
    6. 4.6. Procuring Resources
    7. 4.7. Kicking off the Project
    8. 4.8. Modifying the Schedule
  13. Chapter 5. Budgeting and Performance
    1. 5.1. Determining the Budget
    2. 5.2. Calculating Costs
    3. 5.3. Utilizing Estimation Methods
    4. 5.4. Examining the Cost of Quality
    5. 5.5. Evaluating Performance
    6. 5.6. Maintaining Control
    7. 5.7. Reviewing Costs
    8. 5.8. Managing Change
  14. Chapter 6. Communication and Documentation
    1. 6.1. Writing the Charter
    2. 6.2. Establishing the Communication Plan
    3. 6.3. Creating Project Documentation
    4. 6.4. Reporting Project Performance
    5. 6.5. Communicating with the Team
    6. 6.6. Handling Problems
    7. 6.7. Conducting Meetings
    8. 6.8. Generating Status Reports
  15. Chapter 7. Completion and Review
    1. 7.1. Verifying the Scope
    2. 7.2. Managing Claims
    3. 7.3. Closing the Project
    4. 7.4. Producing Final Reports
    5. 7.5. Recognizing Lessons Learned
    6. 7.6. Rewarding the Team
    7. 7.7. Handling Transition
    8. 7.8. Creating Project Archives
  16. Conclusion
  17. Appendix A. Project Management Considerations
  18. Appendix B. Further Reading
  19. Appendix C. Software Programs
  20. Appendix D. Glossary
  21. Appendix E. Templates
  22. References
  23. Index