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Project Management Fundamentals, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Build on the Right Fundamentals for Project Management Success!
To achieve success in any endeavor, you need to understand the fundamental aspects of that endeavor. To achieve success in project management, you should start with Project Management Fundamentals: Key Concepts and Methodology, Second Edition.
This completely revised edition offers new project managers a solid foundation in the basics of the discipline. Using a step-by-step approach and conventional project management (PM) terminology, Project Management Fundamentals is a commonsense guide that focuses on how essential PM methods, tools, and techniques can be put into practice immediately.
New material in this second edition includes:
• A thorough discussion of agile project management and its use in real-life situations
• Detailed explanations of the unique factors involved in managing service projects
• An enhanced appendix on management maturity models
• A new appendix on project communications and social networking
• Expanded coverage of the triple constraints in PM, going beyond scope, schedule, and cost to include quality, resources, and risks
As a refresher for the experienced project manager or as a comprehensive introductory guide for the new practitioner, Project Management Fundamentals: Key Concepts and Methodology, Second Edition, is the go-to resource that delivers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Half Title Page
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. About the Author
  6. Dedication
  7. Table of Contents
  8. Preface
  9. Acknowledgments
  10. Part 1: Introduction and Overview
    1. The Project Management Body of Knowledge
    2. Key Concepts of Project Management
    3. Key Terms
    4. The Basic Project Management Process
    5. Related Concepts
  11. Part 2: The Project Management Methodology
    1. A. Initiating Stage
    2. Step 1. Establish Project Objectives
      1. 1.1. Develop the Statement of Objectives
      2. 1.2. Define the Deliverables and Their Requirements
      3. 1.3. Develop the Project Charter
    3. B. Planning Stage
    4. Step 2. Define the Work
      1. 2.1. Develop the Work Breakdown Structure
      2. 2.2. Prepare a Statement of Work
      3. 2.3. Prepare the Specification
    5. Step 3. Plan the Work
      1. 3.1. Define Activities and Activity Durations
      2. 3.2. Develop a Logic Network and Schedule
      3. 3.3. Assign and Schedule Resources and Costs
      4. 3.4. Develop the Cost Estimate
      5. 3.5. Establish Checkpoints and Performance Measures
      6. 3.6. Establish Project Baselines
      7. 3.7. Develop the Project Plan
      8. 3.8. Approve the Project Plan
    6. C. Executing Stage
    7. Step 4. Perform the Work
      1. 4.1. Budget and Authorize the Work
      2. 4.2. Add Staff Resources
      3. 4.3. Produce Results
      4. 4.4. Accommodate Change Requests
    8. Step 5. Communicate and Coordinate the Work
      1. 5.1. Coordinate the Work
      2. 5.2. Prepare Progress Reports
      3. 5.3. Hold Project Reviews
    9. D. Controlling Stage
    10. Step 6. Track Actual Performance
      1. 6.1. Identify Data and Data Sources/Develop Data Collection Systems
      2. 6.2. Collect and Record the Data
    11. Step 7. Analyze Project Progress
      1. 7.1. Identify Variances from the Baseline, and Determine Trends
      2. 7.2. Perform Analyses, and Determine Whether Corrective Action Is Needed
    12. Step 8. Initiate Corrective Action
      1. 8.1. Identify Action Items
      2. 8.2. Facilitate Corrective Action
      3. 8.3. Reach a Resolution
    13. Step 9. Incorporate Changes and Replan as Required
      1. 9.1. Manage Change
      2. 9.2. Perform Routine Replanning
      3. 9.3. Renegotiate Scope as Necessary
    14. E. Closeout Stage
    15. Step 10. Complete the Project
      1. 10.1. Prepare a Closeout Plan and Schedule
      2. 10.2. Get Customer Agreement, and Notify the Team
      3. 10.3. Archive Project Data
      4. 10.4. Prepare a Lessons Learned Document
      5. 10.5. Bill the Customer
  12. Part 3: Applying the Methodology
    1. Start-Up Questions—Step 0
    2. Applying the Methodology to the Scenarios
    3. Scenario 1. Direct Assignment from Supervisor or Sponsor
      1. Scenario 1, Step 0. Project Phase in the Life Cycle
      2. Scenario 1, Step 1. Establish Project Objectives
      3. Scenario 1, Step 2. Define the Work
      4. Scenario 1, Step 3. Plan the Work
    4. Scenario 2. Direct Assignment from an Organization You Support
      1. Scenario 2, Step 0. Project Phase in the Life Cycle
      2. Scenario 2, Step 1. Establish Project Objectives
    5. Scenario 3. Project Manager—Outsourcing
      1. Scenario 3, Step 0. Project Phase in the Life Cycle
      2. Scenario 3, Step 1. Establish Project Objectives
      3. Scenario 3, Step 2. Define the Work
      4. Scenario 3, Step 3. Plan the Work
      5. Scenario 3, Step 4. Perform the Work
      6. Scenario 3, Step 5. Communicate and Coordinate the Work
      7. Scenario 3, Step 6. Track Actual Performance
      8. Scenario 3, Step 7. Analyze Project Progress
      9. Scenario 3, Step 8. Initiate Corrective Action
      10. Scenario 3, Step 9. Incorporate Changes and Replan as Required
      11. Scenario 3, Step 10. Complete the Project
    6. Scenario 4. Respond to a Solicitation
      1. Scenario 4, Step 0. Project Phase in the Life Cycle
      2. Scenario 4, Step 1. Establish Project Objectives
      3. Scenario 4, Step 2. Define the Work
      4. Scenario 4, Step 3. Plan the Work
    7. Scenario 5. Perform to a Contract
      1. Scenario 5, Step 0. Project Phase in the Life Cycle
      2. Scenario 5, Step 1. Establish Project Objectives, Step 2. Define the Work, and Step 3. Plan the Work
    8. Scenario 6. Starting a Totally New Program
      1. Scenario 6, Step 0. Project Phase in the Life Cycle
      2. Scenario 6, Step 1. Establish Project Objectives
      3. Scenario 6, Step 2. Define the Work
      4. Scenario 6, Step 3. Plan the Work
    9. Scenario 7: Take Over an Ongoing Project
    10. Scenario 8: Using Agile Project Management
      1. Scenario 8, Step 0. Project Phase in the Life Cycle
      2. Scenario 8, Step 1. Establish Project Objectives
      3. Scenario 8, Step 2. Define the Work, and Step 3. Plan the Work
      4. Scenario 8, Step 4. Perform the Work
  13. Part 4: Environmental and Facilitating Elements
    1. Environmental Elements
      1. Management Support
      2. Project Management Software
      3. Procedures and Directives
      4. Project Management Maturity
    2. Facilitating Elements
    3. Human Resource Management
      1. Human Resource Management Process
      2. Organizational Structures
      3. Project Participants’ Roles and Responsibilities
    4. Risk Management
      1. Definitions
      2. Risk Management Process
    5. Communications Management
      1. Communications Management Process
      2. Need for Communication and Coordination
      3. Principles of Coordination
    6. Project Procurement Management
    7. Configuration Management
  14. Part 5: Agile Project Management
    1. Overview
    2. The Origins of Agile Project Management
    3. Agile Software Development Methodologies
      1. Adaptive Software Development
      2. Crystal Clear Software Development
      3. Dynamic Systems Development Method
      4. Extreme Programming
      5. Feature Driven Development
      6. Lean Software Development
      7. SCRUM
    4. Comparing Agile and Traditional Project Management Methodologies
  15. Appendix A: Management Maturity Models
  16. Appendix B: Advanced Project Management Concepts for Further Study
  17. Appendix C: Project and Program Life Cycles
  18. Appendix D: Types of Projects 341
  19. Appendix E: Project Communications Systems and Networking
  20. Bibliography
  21. Index