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4th Edition

Project Management
A practical guide to planning and managing projects

ISBN 9781760631789
Published February 21, 2018 by Routledge
480 Pages

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Book Description

Organisations increasingly look to project management to deal with short timeframes, tight budgets, changing requirements and risk management in everyday operations, as well as for major strategic projects. Project management knowledge and skills are now essential for professionals just about everywhere, from teachers, social workers and lawyers, to engineers, builders and accountants.

Stephen Hartley's Project Management is based on the recognised global standard for project management, the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide), and it incorporates aspects of Agile, PRINCE2, Lean and other popular methodologies. It offers a thorough overview of the principles of project management, combined with tools and guidelines to manage projects of all sizes, from inception to evaluation.

Written in an accessible and engaging style, Stephen Hartley's widely used text has been fully revised and updated. It focuses on shared responsibility, transparent documentation, reporting achievement over activity, and continuous improvement. It is illustrated with examples and case studies, and accompanied by a suite of downloadable templates and tools.

Table of Contents

List of tables and figures

Acronyms and abbreviations

About the author


Using this textbook

Project management life-cycle on a page

1. Project management: An adaptable body of knowledge

2. Organisational capability: Emerging strategy, justification and capability

3. Stakeholder management: Strategies for continuous engagement

4. Scope management: Delivering on changing expectations

5. Time management: Developing and controlling the schedule

6. Cost management: Ending the reliance on the budget variance

7. Quality management: Achieving technical excellence and customer satisfaction

8. Human resource management: Developing and maintaining individual and team performance

9. Communications management: Matching intent with outcome

10. Risk management: Proactively managing uncertainty, complexity and change

11. Procurement management: Embedding value into the project

12. Integration management: Unifying a coordinated approach

Appendix 1: Issue matrix

Appendix 2: Activity-based learning

Appendix 3: Project management templates




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Stephen Hartley is a leading practitioner, consultant, educator, researcher, author and coach in project management. He has 25 years of cross-industry experience and is the author of seven books on project management and related topics.


'Stephen Hartley is without doubt Australia's leading authority on project management. This book is the bible for any current or future project manager.' - Dr Tim Baker, author of The End of the Performance Review