STEP 5: COMPLETE YOUR PROJECT
This subject is more related to development approaches (such as
software development or engineering development) than pure
project management, but is essential to good project delivery. A few
specific references are:
The Definitive Guide to Project Management (Financial Times
Prentice Hall) by Sebastian Nokes et al., 2003, Chapters 10–11.
The Project Workout (Financial Times Prentice Hall) by Robert
Buttrick, 2nd edn, 2003, Chapters 8–11, 27.
TO DO NOW
Review your Project Plan. Ask yourself, is there anything else you
need to do to make sure your customer will really benefit from the
results of the project?
Make sure you have built all these tasks into the Project Plan and
Project Budget, and that you have people in the project team allo-
cated to these tasks.
Now you have completed Project Management: Step by Step, and if you
follow the steps in this book you can manage a project. There is a little
more information in the Appendix and a glossary to reference.
You started in Chapter 1 by building up your vocabulary and under-
standing of simple project management concepts. Then in Chapter 2
you learnt how to clearly define the objective of a project in a Project
Definition. By following the activities in Chapter 3 you learnt how to
build a Project Plan, and by following Chapter 4 you saw how to manage
a project. Chapter 5 showed you how to ensure your project finishes
successfully. Supporting these chapters were the ‘Key drivers for success’,
which highlight the best styles of working to achieve your project goals.
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There is much more about being a really great project manager, who can
deliver the largest and most complex of projects. However in most situ-
ations, what is in this book, if applied well, will greatly enhance your
chances of success. Reference the material here as often as you need to.
The more you practise, the better your skills as a project manager will
become. And in the end, project management is a practical rather than
a theoretical subject. Review what happened after every project and
learn from your successes and your mistakes. When you have the oppor-
tunity, observe others and learn from them too.
For now though you have completed this step-by-step guide, and you
can call yourself a Project Manager. Good luck and enjoy it!
PROJECT MANAGEMENT – STEP BY STEP
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