The Project Manager's Guide to Making Successful Decisions

Book description

Make Better Decisions While Managing Projects!
Decision-making is critical in project management. Lack of decision-making knowledge, avoidable mistakes, and improper definitions can negatively impact your company's ability to generate profit. The Project Manager's Guide to Making Successful Decisions is a practical handbook that focuses on the significance of project decision-making skills that will all you to reach workable and effective results. This valuable resource highlights numerous decisions necessary to support the project management life cycle, presents various techniques that facilitate the decision-making process, provides an overview of decision analysis as it relates to project management, and much more!
+ Understand different types of decision-making processes and cycles
+ Recognize how to frame the decision and gather better information
+ Define alternatives and assessments to make the right decision
+ Analyze short case studies demonstrating project decision making success

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Authors
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. Preface
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Chapter 1: Good Decision-Making: The Key to Project Success
    1. Good Decision-Making Begins with a Decision Context
    2. The Three Cornerstones of Decision-Making
    3. Why Projects Fail
    4. A Planned Process for Decision-Making
    5. A General Framework for Making Decisions
  10. Chapter 2: Managerial Decision-Making
    1. Managerial Decisions Defined
    2. Strategic, Operational, and Tactical Decisions
    3. Generic Project Management Decisions
    4. The Importance of Project Management Decisions
    5. Project Management Decisions Contribute to Project Success
    6. A Management Perspective on Failed Projects: Two Case Studies
    7. The Solution—Good-Quality Decisions
  11. Chapter 3: Decisions and the Project Management Life Cycle
    1. The Project Management Life Cycle
    2. Control Gates within the Project ManagementLife Cycle
    3. Stakeholder Decisions in the Project Management Life Cycle
    4. Other Life-Cycle Models
  12. Chapter 4: Overview of Decision-Making
    1. The Basics
    2. Literary Views of Decision-Making
    3. Decision Quality
    4. History of Decision-Making
    5. Approaches to Decision-Making
    6. Decision-Making Methods and Aids
    7. Implementing the Decision
  13. Chapter 5: Project Management Decisions
    1. A Project Management Decision Structure
    2. Decisions for Project Management
    3. Product (Operational) System Decisions
    4. Development (Project Management Organization) System Decisions
  14. Chapter 6: Framing the Decision
    1. The Importance of Decision Frames
    2. A Suggested Frame
    3. Suggested Decision Frame Format for Project Management
  15. Chapter 7: Generating Decision Alternatives
    1. The Problem Definition Process
    2. Searching for Alternatives
    3. Using All Alternatives to Find Additional Alternatives
    4. Determining the Need for More Information and Analysis
    5. Alternatives and Decision Frames—The Cuban Missile Crisis
  16. Chapter 8: Analyzing the Alternatives in Terms of Values and Uncertainty
    1. Qualitative Approaches
    2. Quantitative Approaches
    3. Dealing with Biases and Heuristics
    4. Requirements for Good Decisions
  17. Chapter 9: Handling Risk and Uncertainty
    1. Risk
    2. Project Management Risks
    3. How to Address Risk
    4. Developing a Risk Management Plan
    5. Continuing Risk Management
    6. What Is Uncertainty?
    7. How Do People Address Uncertainty?
  18. Chapter 10: Training Project Managers as Decision Makers
    1. The Elements of Traditional Project Management Training
    2. The Pitfalls of Project Management Training
    3. A Decision Analysis Curriculum
  19. Appendix A: Project Success Case Studies
  20. Appendix B: Project Management Decisions
  21. Appendix C: An Introduction to Decision Trees
  22. References
  23. Additional Reading
  24. Index

Product information

  • Title: The Project Manager's Guide to Making Successful Decisions
  • Author(s): Robert A. Powell, Dennis M. Buede
  • Release date: December 2008
  • Publisher(s): Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • ISBN: 9781567263800