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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Project Management, 5th Edition

Book Description

The step-by-step guide to becoming a successful project manager.

By systematically managing goals and resources, any project, large or small, complicated or straightforward, can be achieved with great profitability. A certified project management professional shares the latest theories, procedures, and software tools available in this fully updated and revised guide including the newest directive from the Project Management Institute. An invaluable guide for any manager, it clearly explains the best way to approach any project, and also gives all the information necessary to those interested in passing the test to become a certified Project Management Professional.

? Includes the most current terms and concepts on the certification test, and the latest software tools from Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Primavera.

? Advice from an expert with useful, real-life anecdotes from the field.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Dedication
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Introduction
  5. Part 1 - The Power of Project Management
    1. Chapter 1 - Linking Projects to Performance
    2. Chapter 2 - What It Means to Be a Project Manager
    3. Chapter 3 - The Rules of the Project Game
    4. Chapter 4 - The Nine Knowledge Areas
    5. Chapter 5 - Starting Off on the Right Foot
  6. Part 2 - The Project Definition Phase
    1. Chapter 6 - Identifying and Analyzing Stakeholders
    2. Chapter 7 - Scoping Out Project Success
    3. Chapter 8 - Managing Risks and Constraints
  7. Part 3 - The Project Planning Phase
    1. Chapter 9 - The Breakdown of Work
    2. Chapter 10 - The Network Diagram
    3. Chapter 11 - Establishing the Schedule of Work
    4. Chapter 12 - Critical Path and the Schedule
    5. Chapter 13 - Budgeting and Cost Control Options
    6. Chapter 14 - Building a Winning Project Team
    7. Chapter 15 - Getting Supplies, Equipment, and More
    8. Chapter 16 - Getting the Plan Approved
  8. Part 4 - The Execution Phase
    1. Chapter 17 - Getting Started on the Right Track
    2. Chapter 18 - Leadership: Providing Direction
    3. Chapter 19 - Building an Organization
    4. Chapter 20 - Establishing Operating Guidelines
    5. Chapter 21 - Making Your Communications Count
  9. Part 5 - The Controlling Processes
    1. Chapter 22 - Monitoring and Controlling the Plan
    2. Chapter 23 - Preparing Operations for Success
    3. Chapter 24 - Changes, Changes, and More Changes
    4. Chapter 25 - Quality: Delivering the Best
    5. Chapter 26 - Common Project Problems
  10. Part 6 - The Close-Out Phase
    1. Chapter 27 - Closing Out the Project
    2. Chapter 28 - The Final Evaluation
  11. Part 7 - Project Organization and Tools
    1. Chapter 29 - The Project Management Office (PMO)
    2. Chapter 30 - Software for All Projects
  12. Appendix - Web Resources for Project Managers
  13. Index