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Bringing the PMBOK Guide to Life: A Companion for the Practicing Project Manager

ISBN: 978-1-118-27635-8
288 pages
November 2011
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Transform the PMBOK® Guide from a framework to a sharpened tool in your project manager's toolbox

In project management circles, it's often joked that "there's the right way, the wrong way, and the PMBOK® way" to manage projects. In truth, it's really about the methodology you choose. The PMBOK® Guide is a consensus-based standard that thousands of project management professionals find immensely valuable in the process of developing an effective methodology. But exactly how does a project manager take the information provided in the PMBOK® Guide and apply it most effectively and appropriately to an actual project environment? This book can be the answer. It is basically a "guide to the guide"—a road map to applying the tools of the PMBOK® Guide to your organization's or project's unique nature and requirements.

Bringing the PMBOK® Guide to Life: A Companion for the Practicing Project Manager builds a bridge between the PMBOK® Guide and the common needs of today's practicing project managers. It explains and elaborates on specific techniques, terms, and the application of tools that will enable project managers to effectively adapt the principles and processes described in the PMBOK® Guide to the practical world of project management.

Readers will find suggested approaches for the use of project management tools and techniques along with templates developed directly from information provided in the PMBOK® Guide. Suggestions and study tips are also included to assist in preparing for the PMP exam, and a Project Plan Accelerator (PPA) can be used with the PMBOK® Guide by project managers and project teams to develop plans that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of your team, your clients, and your sponsoring organization.

Written by two of the leading experts in the field, Bringing the PMBOK® to Life will help every project manager translate the PMBOK® Guide's tools and techniques into actionable, commonsense approaches to managing a project.

(PMI, PMBOK, PMP, and Project Management Professional are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.)

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Chapter One Why Do Project Managers Need This Book? 1

Chapter Two The Big Picture 27

Chapter Three Project Plan SWOT Analysis 49

Chapter Four Developing a Project Methodology 57

Chapter Five Defining Project Success 65

Chapter Six Developing Performance Measures 77

Chapter Seven Monitoring and Control Simplifi ed 93

Chapter Eight The Change Control Process 105

Chapter Nine Establishing Roles and Responsibilities 119

Chapter Ten Risk Management—A Project Imperative 129

Chapter Eleven A PMBOK® Guide Strategy for Success 151

Chapter Twelve Rapid Knowledge Development (RKD) for Project Managers: Tips, Tools, and Techniques 163

Chapter Thirteen Bringing the PMBOK® Guide to Life through Templates 233

References 259

Index 261

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Author Information

FRANK P. SALADIS, PMP, is a senior consultant and trainer for the International Institute for Learning Inc. (IIL) and is the originator of International Project Management Day, a day of recognition for project managers held during November each year. Mr. Saladis is the author of a popular series of articles entitled "Positive Leadership in Project Management" and was awarded the 2006 Linn Stuckenbruck Person of the Year Award by the Project Management Institute. He is a past president of the PMI New York City Chapter and was the Chair of the PMI Education and Training Specific Interest Group (EdSIG) through 2008.

HAROLD KERZNER, Ph.D., is Senior Executive Director for Project, Program and Portfolio Management at International Institute of Learning, Inc. (IIL), a global learning solutions company that conducts training for leading corporations throughout the world.

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