Improving Your Project Management Skills

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American Management Association, 2006 - 206 lappuses

"Each year, thousands of project managers, certified Project Management Professionals (PMPs(R)), and other project-focused professionals enroll in the American Management Association's project management seminars. Individuals and companies recognize the value of these courses: up-to-date, repeatable project initiatives they can implement throughout their departments and organizations to improve processes, streamline productivity, and drastically reduce costs.

Based on one of the most popular of these renowned seminars, Improving Your Project Management Skills is both a practical reference for beginners and a handy refresher for seasoned professionals. The book covers all the major areas taught in the AMA seminar of the same name: defining project scope, planning and budgeting, scheduling, implementation, project closure, and more.

A powerful learning tool and workplace reference based on a bestselling course, Improving Your Project Management Skills lets project professionals bring the power of the seminar back to their own project environments."

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The Core Concepts
3
Project Management Vocabulary
5
Why Project Management?
8
Classic Functions of Management
10
Organizing
11
Coordinating
12
Knowledge Areas
13
Other Definitions
15
Conditional Diagramming
93
Overlap or Separation of Activities
96
Sample Network Diagram
98
Calculating Critical Path Dates
99
Forward Pass
100
Backward Pass
101
Project Float
102
Estimating Work
103

Leading and Directing Project Teams
17
Leadership Aspects of Project
18
Leadership Skills
19
Leadership Theories
20
Trait
21
Situation
22
Relationship
23
Leadership Functions
24
Motivate
27
Solve Problems
29
Direct Others
31
Manage Others
32
Conducting Meetings
33
Stages of Meetings
34
Conducting
35
Conducting Information Interviews
37
Interview Checklist
38
Technical Questions
39
Becoming an Active Listener
40
Consolidating Information After the Interviews
41
PROJECT PLANNING
43
Defining Project Scope and Requirements
45
Establish Goals and Objectives
46
Establish Time Cost and Performance Objectives
47
Goal Breakdown Structure
50
Project Scope Document
54
Exclusions
55
Constraints
56
Assumptions
57
Time Cost and Performance TradeOffs
58
Tools to Use in Preparing a Scope Document
60
Interviews
61
Gap Analysis
62
SWOT Analysis
63
Creativity Tools
64
SMART Objectives
65
Example Scope Document
67
Developing the Project Work Plan The Work Breakdown Structure
73
The Work Breakdown Structure Is an Outline
75
The Work Breakdown Structure Is a Validation Tool
78
Work Breakdown Structures Are Flexible
81
Techniques to Create Work Breakdown Structures
85
Defining Activity Dependencies and Creating Network Diagrams
89
Network Diagrams Show Activity Sequence
90
Types of Network Diagrams
92
Work Breakdown Structure
104
Estimating Methods
105
Analogous Approach
107
Simulation
108
Level of Detail Rule
109
Human Productivity Rule
112
Estimates Should Consider Risks
114
EffortDriven vs DurationDriven Estimates
117
Estimates Are Predictions
118
Variance Factors
119
Quality of the Estimate
120
PUTTING IT TOGETHER
123
Producing a Project Plan
125
Components of a Project Plan
126
Schedule Plan
128
Resource and Budget Plans
131
Resource Imbalance
139
Project Cost Plan
141
Control Processes
142
Organization Plan
145
Risk Management
147
Communication Plan
149
Documentation and Commitments
150
PROJECT CONTROL
153
Monitoring and Controlling Projects
155
Project Kickoff Meeting
156
Project Meetings
157
Monitoring Project Work
159
Schedule Importance
160
Labor Hours
167
Change Control
170
Sources of Change
172
Closing a Project
175
Benefits of Project Closure
176
Project Closure Ensures Project Requirements Are Met
177
Projects May End in a Variety of Ways
179
Closure Begins with Customer Acceptance
181
Lessons Learned
182
Finance and Administration Records
184
Staff Release
185
APPENDIXES
187
Recommended Reading
189
Templates for the Project Plan
193
Index
201
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Larry Richman is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP(R)) with more than 25 years of experience. He has developed and implemented computer-assisted project management systems and has taught project management for over a decade. He is also the author of Project Management Step-by-Step. Mr. Richman lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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