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Managing projects: expert solutions to everyday challenges

Series: Pocket mentor series Publisher: Harvard Business School Press, 2006.Language: EnglishDescription: 99 p. ; 18 cm.ISBN: 1422101878Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references
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Includes bibliographical references


Managing Projects Expert Solutions to Everyday Challenges Contents Mentor's Message: Exploring Project Management ix Project Management: The Basics 1 The Rewards of Project Management 3 The voices of experienced project managers. Why bother? 4 What Is a Project? 7 A general overview of team definitions, types, benefits, and problems. What is project management? 8 What are the phases of a project's life cycle? 9 How to Plan a Project 13 The first phase in project management is planning, from defining the real problem to identifying the stakeholders to considering the trade-offs. Define the real problem 14 Identify the stakeholders 17 Set project objectives 19 Prepare for trade-offs 21 Define the activities 23 v How to Get the Project Going 29 The build-up phase of a project includes assembling your team, setting the schedule, and developing the budget. Assemble your team 30 Set the schedule 34 Develop a budget 44 How to Manage the Project 51 Moving forward on the critical path brings a satisfying sense of making progress despite those tedious details. The key to success at this stage is to monitor progress at every step. Stay on the critical path 52 Be prepared to delegate 53 Monitor the project's progress 54 Monitor the project's budget 56 Ensure quality control 59 Report progress to stakeholders 60 How to Manage the Problems 63 Ideas for handling those inevitable problems that every project manager faces. Manage "mission creep" 64 Manage the time slippage problem 65 Manage the people problems 65 vi Contents How to Handle End Matters 73 Wrapping up a project is the time to look back and assess how the project went. What can be learned from these experiences that can improve the process of future projects? Perform a post-project evaluation 75 Develop a useful final report 75 Enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done 78 Tips and Tools 79 Tools for Project Management 81 Worksheets to help you to plan and manage a project. Test Yourself 87 A helpful review of concepts presented in this guide. Take it before and after you've read through the guide to see how much you've learned. To Learn More 93 Further titles of articles and books ifyou want to go more deeply into the topic. Sources for Project Management 99 Notes 101 For you to use as ideas come to mind. Contents vii

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