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Project Manager Street Smarts: A Real World Guide to PMP® Skills, Second Edition

Book Description

The perfect workbook for project managers and PMP exam candidates seeking practical experience

New project managers and students pursuing the Project Management Professional certification are looking for practical experience to solidify their skills. The step-by-step tasks presented in this book offer them an opportunity to practice the common tasks project managers face in the real world. The authors, both expert project management trainers and consultants, explore each phase of project management: initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and control, and closing the project, with in-depth instructions for handling the tasks associated with each phase.

  • New project managers and exam candidates need practical experience to perfect their skills; this book helps them learn through real-world scenarios

  • Explores each phase of project management, offering step-by-step instructions to many of the tasks project managers confront each day

  • Covers all phases of project management, including initiating the project, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing the project

  • Looks at defining scope, developing a project charter, creating a plan to manage change, breaking down the work, managing resource allocation, measuring performance, and releasing resources

  • Fully updated to cover everything required for the 2011 PMP exam

PMP exam candidates and anyone new to project management will benefit from the hands-on exercises in this book.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dear Reader
  5. Dedication
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. About the Authors
  8. Introduction
  9. Phase 0: Professional Responsibility
    1. How This Relates to Project Management Practitioners
    2. Responsibility
    3. Respect
    4. Fairness
    5. Honesty
  10. Phase 1: Initiating Process
    1. Task 1.1: Perform Project Assessment
    2. Task 1.2: Creating the Scope Statement
    3. Task 1.3: Understanding Your Stakeholders
    4. Task 1.4: Identify Project Limitations and Propose an Implementation Approach
    5. Task 1.5: Develop the Project Charter
    6. Task 1.6: Obtain Project Charter Approval
  11. Phase 2: Planning Process
    1. Task 2.1: Establishing the Project Deliverables
    2. Task 2.2: Creating the Work Breakdown Structure
    3. Task 2.3: Developing a Budget Plan
    4. Task 2.4: Developing the Project Schedule
    5. Task 2.5: Developing the Human Resource Plan
    6. Task 2.6: Developing the Communication Plan
    7. Task 2.7: Developing the Procurement Plan
    8. Task 2.8: Developing the Quality Management Plan
    9. Task 2.9: Developing the Change Management Plan
    10. Task 2.10: Developing the Risk Management Plan
    11. Task 2.11: Documenting and Presenting the Master Project Management Plan
    12. Task 2.12: Conducting the Kickoff Meeting
  12. Phase 3: Executing Process
    1. Task 3.1: Obtaining Project Resources
    2. Task 3.2: Directing and Managing Project Execution
    3. Task 3.3: Implementing the Quality Plan
    4. Task 3.4: Performing Quantitative Risk Assessment
    5. Task 3.5: Conducting Procurements
    6. Task 3.6: Developing and Managing the Project Team
  13. Phase 4: Monitoring and Controlling Process
    1. Task 4.1: Measuring Project Performance
    2. Task 4.2: Implementing Approved Changes
    3. Task 4.3: Ensuring Project Deliverables Conform to Quality Standards
    4. Task 4.4: Managing Risk Events
    5. Task 4.5: Administering Procurements
    6. Task 4.6: Assessing Corrective Action on the Issues Log
    7. Task 4.7: Communicating Project Status
  14. Phase 5: Closing Process
    1. Task 5.1: Formalizing Project Acceptance
    2. Task 5.2: Transferring Ownership of Deliverables
    3. Task 5.3: Obtaining Final Legal and Administrative Closure
    4. Task 5.4: Distributing Final Reports
    5. Task 5.5: Collating Lessons Learned
    6. Task 5.6: Archiving Project Documents
    7. Task 5.7: Measuring Project Team Performance
  15. Appendix: Solutions
    1. Phase 1 Solutions
    2. Phase 2 Solutions
    3. Phase 3 Solutions
    4. Phase 4 Solutions
    5. Phase 5 Solutions
  16. Index