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Project Management for Dummies - UK, 2nd UK Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-02573-3
424 pages
April 2015
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Get projects done on time, on budget, and with maximum efficiency - fully updated UK edition!

In today's time-pressured and cost-conscious global business environment, reliable project management and competent delivery are more important than ever. Increasingly, project management is being seen as an essential management skill for all, as well as a career choice for many. This new UK edition of Project Management For Dummies, 2nd UK Edition quickly introduces you to the principles of successful project management with a clear and logical approach to help you deliver your projects, not only successfully, but also more easily. Unique to the UK edition, you'll find clear guidance on using the highly logical product-based approach to project planning, along with advice on how to release the great power of the technique, not only for effective planning, but also for project control.

Updated with fresh content, tips, and tactics that cover everything you need to know from a project's start to finish, this accessible guide takes you through every stage of project management. You'll discover how to make project planning easier and more effective, manage resources and stay on track within a budget. Then you'll find help and advice to help you motivate and manage your teams to help them perform at their best. To help you stay at the leading edge, you'll also find two new chapters in this edition explaining project governance and the increasingly important international standard ISO 21500. In short, this book will help you master a highly valuable skill for advancing your career.

  • Provides clear descriptions of who should do what in a project to prevent communication and control problems
  • Presents the latest concepts in project management techniques
  • Discusses how to keep risks under control during the project
  • Includes access to online project management templates and checklists to aid in learning

If you're a manager taking on a project for the first time or a more experienced project professional looking to get up to speed on the latest thinking and techniques, Project Management For Dummies, 2nd UK Edition equips you for project management success.

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Table of Contents

Introduction  1

Part I: Understanding Projects and What You Want to Achieve  5

Chapter 1: Success in Project Management  7

Chapter 2: Thinking Through the Life of Your Project  19

Chapter 3: Defining the Scope and Producing a Business Case 35

Chapter 4: Knowing Your Project’s Stakeholders  53

Part II: Planning Time: Determining What, When and How Much  71

Chapter 5: Planning with Deliverables First  73

Chapter 6: Planning the Activities  95

Chapter 7: Looking At Staff Resources  127

Chapter 8: Planning for Other Resources and Developing the Budget  149

Chapter 9: Planning at Different Times and Levels  163

Chapter 10: Venturing into the Unknown: Dealing with Risk and Uncertainty  173

Part III: Putting Your Management Team Together  197

Chapter 11: Organising the Project  199

Chapter 12: Working With Teams and Specialists  217

Chapter 13: Being an Effective Leader  237

Part IV: Steering the Project to Success  251

Chapter 14: Tracking Progress and Staying in Control  253

Chapter 15: Keeping Everyone Informed  279

Chapter 16: Bringing Your Project to Closure 299

Part V: Taking Your Project Management to the Next Level  313

Chapter 17: Managing Multiple Projects  315

Chapter 18: Using Technology to Up Your Game  325

Chapter 19: Monitoring Project Performance with Earned Value Management 339

Chapter 20: Project Governance and Why It’s Really Important  349

Chapter 21: ISO 21500:2012  361

Part VI: The Part of Tens  369

Chapter 22: Ten Questions to Ask Yourself as You Plan Your Project  371

Chapter 23: Ten Tips for Writing a Convincing Business Case  377

Chapter 24: Ten Tips for Being a Better Project Manager  383

Index  387

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Author Information

Nick Graham is Founder and Director of Inspirandum Ltd, a consultancy and training firm. His consultancy work has ranged from helping plan complex projects to advising top managers on how to implement project and project governance approaches.

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