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Project Planning Techniques Book (with CD)

Book Description

A Comprehensive Framework for Project Planning in Any Industry!
Project Planning Techniques is a comprehensive reference for project managers in any discipline, outlining the latest proven-effective methods based on solid research. Blending practical experience with academic rigor, this authoritative resource will help you develop a deeper understanding of current knowledge and best practice techniques for project success.
With practical examples from many industries, Project Planning Techniques gives you a firm understanding of how these methods are applied in real-world situations.
• Get a solid foundation in project planning fundamentals
• Discover the latest indices and models for project selection and prioritization
• Gain an understanding of the schedule network and the project schedule
• Learn processes and techniques for monitoring expenditures during the implementation phase
• Explore the relationship between knowledge management and project management - and how you can manage project knowledge by integrating techniques from both systems
From start to finish, Project Planning Techniques will help you improve your understanding of project planning — and your performance as a project leader.
Bonus CD-ROM: Project Planning Techniques includes a bonus CD-ROM with comprehensive examples from several industries, including WBS, RBS, network diagrams, project estimates, and much more.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. About the Author
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. Preface
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Chapter 1. Introduction
    1. Project Scope and Objectives
    2. Project Business Case
    3. Project Initiation
  10. Chapter 2. Work Breakdown Structure
    1. WBS Development Steps
    2. The Division Bases
    3. Comparison of the Different Bases
    4. Process-Oriented Projects
    5. Organizational Priorities
    6. Semantics
    7. Changing the Paradigm
    8. Example
    9. Work Breakdown Structure Examples
  11. Chapter 3. Resource Breakdown Structure
    1. RBS Development
    2. The Primary Division Bases
    3. Lower-Level Division Bases for People Resources
    4. Nomenclature, Dimensions, and Units
    5. Resource Breakdown Structure Examples
  12. Chapter 4. Estimating Models
    1. Early Estimates
    2. Bottom-up Estimating
    3. Accuracy
    4. Parametric Estimating
    5. Analogous Estimating
      1. Ratio Estimating
      2. Range Estimating
      3. The Three-Quarters Rule
      4. The Square-Root Rule
      5. The Two-Thirds Rule
    6. Expert Judgment
    7. Normalization
  13. Chapter 5. Scheduling
    1. Two Basic Networking Techniques
    2. Common Calculations
    3. Schedule Management
    4. Gantt Charts
  14. Chapter 6. External Projects
    1. Specifications
    2. Contracts
    3. Response to Specifications
    4. Bidding
    5. Project Costs
      1. Direct Costs
      2. Indirect Costs
      3. Overhead
      4. Allowance
      5. Contingency
    6. Project Audit
  15. Chapter 7. Progress Monitoring
    1. Develop a Monitoring Plan
    2. Details of Monitoring
    3. Earned Value
    4. Productivity
  16. Chapter 8. Change Management
    1. Causes of Change
    2. Feed Forward
    3. Impact of Schedule on Cost
    4. Project Life-Cycle Costs
    5. Impact of Project Risk
  17. Chapter 9. Managing Project Knowledge
    1. The Interrelationship Between PM and KM
      1. Goals
      2. Functions
      3. Communication
      4. Structure
      5. Technology
      6. Knowledge
      7. Process
      8. Change
      9. Learning
      10. Practice
    2. PMO and CoP
    3. Improving PM through KM
  18. Bibliography
  19. Index