DescriptionThis comprehensive exploration of the project management process presents the tools, steps, and processes of project management and uncovers the critical thinking -- the why -- vital to project management excellence. Incorporating Kepner-Tregoe?s renowned and effective problem-solving and decision-making processes, the book guides you through the core activities of project management?planning, solving problems, making decisions, and assessing risk. It positions projects within an organization?s ""performance environment,"" an understanding of which is essential for effective team performance and alignment. Offering a combination of overarching insights into organizational dynamics, as well as specific processes and practices for effective management, this is a resource no project leader -- and no project team member -- should be without.
Project Management as the New Imperative.
Project Management Unplugged.
Project Management in Action.
The Stuff of Projects.
Today’s Projects: What Makes Them Different?
Today’s Game Is Speed.
The Ebb and Flow of Today’s Teams.
The Competition for Resources.
The Revolving Door.
The Penchant for Complexity.
Projects Aren’t Going Away.
The Missing Pieces of the Project Management Puzzle.
2. Project Definition.
Why Are We Doing This Project?
State the Project.
Develop the Work Breakdown Structure.
Identify Resource Requirements.
Additional Definition Topics.
3. Project Planning.
Protect and Enhance the Plan.
Enhance the Plan.
Additional Planning Topics.
4. Project Implementation.
Are You Ready to Do the Work?
Start to Implement.
Monitor the Project.
Modify the Project.
Closeout and Evaluate.
Additional Implementation Topic.
5. Managing People in Projects.
The Performance System.
Communicating with People.
Meetings and Communication.
6. Project Decision Making and Problem Solving.
Decision-Making and Problem-Solving Summary.
7. Installing Project Management within an Organization.
Ensuring Systematic Use of Project Management.
Installing Project Management.
How Should You Install Project Management in Your Organization?
A Final Word on Project Management.