In order to succeed in today’s increasingly competitive environment, corporations, companies, governments, and nonprofit organizations must be conversant with modern project management techniques. This is especially true for individuals looking to remain professionally competitive.
Illustrating the why, what, and how of project management, Project Management Concepts, Methods, and Techniques will help readers develop and refine the skills needed to achieve strategic objectives. It presents a balanced blend of detailed explanatory texts and more than 200 illustrations to supply readers with actionable knowledge that can be put to use immediately.
Completely aligned with the Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), this book is the ideal platform for developing the understanding needed to plan, schedule, and deliver successful projects. Explaining how to recognize performance obstacles, it supplies time-tested strategies to help you:
- Overcome performance obstacles and produce positive results
- Master the communication and relationship management techniques required for success
- Develop and refine the core project management skills needed to manage projects in multi-disciplinary and cross-functional environments
Filled with exercises, worked-through answers, and self-assessment techniques, this book is an ideal guide for anyone who works directly or indirectly with the management of projects. It illustrates a wide range of real-world situations to help you develop the real-world knowledge needed to consistently deliver projects that meet and exceed stakeholder requirements well into the future.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Project Management
Projects and the Business Environment
The Life Cycle
Business Drivers and Business Needs
The Triple Constraint
The Project Manager’s Role and Responsibilities
PMI Body of Knowledge
Role of the Project Manager
Establishing the Project Core Team
The Key Planning Steps
The Work Breakdown Structure
Building the Gantt Chart
Building the Cost Estimate
Project Communication Plan
Consolidating the Project Plan
Vulnerability and Potential Risks
The Risk Management Process
Glossary of Terms
Project Procurement Planning
Different Types of Contracts
Procurement Process: Requirement
Procurement Process: Requisition
Procurement Process: Solicitation
Procurement Process: Contract Administration
Procurement Process: Closeout
Scope Management and Change Request Management
Project Performance Tracking and Control
Project Earned Value Management
Project Documentation Management
Project Closure and Approval
Administrative Closure and Financial Reporting
Project Leadership Skills
The Project Manager and the Organization
The Project Manager’s Communication
Overview of Conflict Management in Projects
Claude Maley is Managing Director of Mit Consultants, a consultancy and education practice servicing international clients in management of change, and chairman of a business solutions company. He started his career as a systems engineer with IBM, after reading estate management and building construction at the London School of Building, and has held various management positions for international organizations and companies.
His functional management and consulting experience with major corporations such as ABB, Alcatel, Areva, BP, Cadbury-Schweppes, Cartier, Caterpillar, Cisco, Ericsson, GE, Hewlett-Packard, IMS International, Motorola, Organon, Overseas Containers Limited, Pechiney, Renault Automobile, and Siemens, to name but a few, has spanned more than forty years in engineering, production and manufacturing, distribution, transportation, and marketing services sectors. This has exposed him to a variety of situations, which have all forged a deep understanding of the issues governing the management of change by projects.
In a professional career spanning forty years, Claude has held responsibility for a significant number of projects. These have involved internal organizational projects, and external commercial projects, ranging in duration from one month to five years, and in budget from $50,000 to $500 million. Claude has also participated in many projects as team leader of subsystems, and he has served on numerous occasions as an external advisor to lead project managers.
Claude is a PMP and professional speaker, instructor, and lecturer in topics ranging from general organizational, program and project management to sales and marketing, leadership, and motivation. In the practice of his consulting and education profession he has worked with more than eighty different nationalities in more than sixty nations in all continents. Claude is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Italian.
Claude is author of educational courses and papers on business solutions, management of change by projects, organizational management and leadership, and is a member of the International Project Management Association and the Project Management Institute.