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A Project Manager's Book of Tools and Techniques

A Project Manager's Book of Tools and Techniques

Cynthia Snyder Dionisio

ISBN: 978-1-119-42484-0

Dec 2017

224 pages



A practical guide for putting PMBOK concepts to work

A Project Manager’s Book of Tools and Techniques is an invaluable resource for students and working professionals alike. Whether you’re preparing for the PMP exam or just looking to optimize your project management skills, this book provides detailed explanations for over 100 essential tools described in the Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) Sixth Edition. Going beyond theory and concept to real-world practice, these tools and techniques are the “how” of effective project management; from planning, to implementation, to oversight, and beyond, all phases of the project are represented here to help you more effectively apply critical PMBOK concepts. Comprehensive examples illustrate real-world implementation, and detailed discussion provides expert guidance for both new and experienced project management professionals.

Knowing what to do is much different from knowing how to do it; even perfect understanding of the PMBOK Guide doesn’t automatically translate into effective practice. This book is designed to help you bridge that gap and expertly apply current project management standards.

  • Delve deeper into the practical tools described in the PMBOK Guide—Sixth Edition
  • Follow detailed examples that illustrate effective project management methods
  • Master project management applications in preparation for the PMP exam
  • Graduate from theory to practice with powerful tools and techniques for success

Concepts are only valuable once they are applied—and then they become a skill set that gets results. The PMBOK Guide is the ultimate authority on project management concepts, but translating those concepts into applicable skills requires a detailed understanding of the tools of the field. A Project Manager’s Book of Tools and Techniques is a practical manual for putting essential project management concepts into practice.

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Part 1 Data Gathering

1.0 Data Gathering Techniques

1.1 Benchmarking

1.2 Brainstorming

1.3 Checksheets

1.4 Checklists

1.5 Focus Groups

1.6 Statistical Sampling

Part 2 Data Analysis

2.0 Data Analysis Techniques

2.1 Alternative Analysis

2.2 Cost Benefit Analysis

2.3 Cost of Quality

2.4 Decision Tree

2.5 Earned Value Analysis

2.6 Influence Diagrams

2.7 Make or Buy Analysis

2.8 Performance Indexes

2.9 Regression Analysis

2.10 Reserve Analysis

2.11 Root Cause Analysis

2.12 Sensitivity Analysis

2.13 Stakeholder Analysis

2.14 SWOT Analysis

2.15 Technical Performance Analysis

2.16 Variance Analysis

2.17 What if Analysis

Part Three Data Representation

3.0 Data Representation Techniques

3.1 Cause and Effect

3.2 Control Charts

3.3 Flow Charts

3.4 Histograms

3.5 Logical Data Model

3.6 Mind Mapping

3.7 P x I Matrix

3.8 Resource Breakdown Structure

3.9 Responsibility Assignment Matrix

3.10 Scatter Diagrams

3.11 Stakeholder Mapping

Part Four Estimating

4.0 Estimating Techniques

4.1 Analogous Estimating

4.2 Bottom Up Estimating

4.3 Estimate at Completion

4.4 Estimate to Complete

4.5 Parametric Estimating

4.6 To Complete Performance Index

4.7 Three Point Estimating

4.8 Variance at Completion

Part Five Interpersonal and Team Skills

5.0 Interpersonal and Team Skills

5.1 Conflict Management

5.2 Decision Making

5.3 Nominal Group Technique

5.4 Problem Solving

Part Six Other

6.0 Other

6.1 Context Diagram

6.2 Critical Path Method

6.3 Funding Limit Reconciliation

6.4 Inspection

6.5 Leads and Lags

6.6 Precedence Diagramming Method

6.7 Prompt Lists

6.8 Prototypes

6.9 Resource Optimization

6.10 Rolling Wave Planning

6.11 Schedule Compression