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The tools you need for successful project management
In today's time-crunched, cost-conscious global business environment, tight project deadlines and stringent expectations are the norm. So what does it take to succeed? This hands-on guide introduces you to the principles of project management and shows you how to put them to use so you can successfully manage a project from start to finish. And if you're studying for the Project Management Institute's Project Management Professional certification exam, you can rest easy knowing that this book is aligned with the guide that's the basis for the exam.
Project management 101 — take a look at the who, what, and why of a project and discover what it really takes to ensure success
Keep an eye on the clock — learn how to create foolproof schedules and budgets that keep your projects on track
Put your team to work — get plenty of practical tips and guidelines for identifying and involving key players
Drive it home — uncover the best ways to track, analyze, and report on your project's activities and bring it to a successful closure
Up your project management game — take your skills to the next level with the use of technology and Earned Value Management
Open the book and find:
Help for defining your project's goals and expectations
Guidelines for knowing your project's audience
Tips for breaking your project work into manageable pieces
The latest methods for determining and managing resources
How to deal with risk and uncertainty
Hints for providing effective leadership
Organize and schedule projects efficiently and effectively
Motivate any team to gain maximum productivity
Assess risks, manage changes, maintain communication, and live up to expectations
Plan for resources and stay within a budget
Stanley E. Portny is a project management consultant and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He has provided training and consultation to more than 150 public and private organizations, and he has developed and conducted training programs for more than 50,000 management and staff personnel.