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Project Management Simplified
A Step-by-Step Process

ISBN 9781498729345
Published January 27, 2016 by CRC Press
259 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Are projects a problem for you? Do your projects cost too much, take too long, or are just not quite right? If so, Project Management Simplified: A Step-by-Step Process is the book for you. It applies well-defined processes for managing projects to managing change in our lives. It describes an approach modeled on a process used successfully in businesses, not-for-profit organizations, schools, and other organizations. The skills and techniques are not unique to businesses and organizations; they are life skills available to everyone.

There are a number of structured approaches that guide the successful completion of projects in business environments. This book translates these processes and techniques such that nonproject managers can easily use these proven approaches in a nonbusiness context for their own projects. It removes technical jargon, the need for computer software and hardware, and complicated organizational environments, describing the essential project management processes in a simple, straightforward manner.

As you progress through the book, you connect the dots necessary to complete your personal projects. A sample project in the text and a case study in the appendices further illustrate the concepts explained in the text. The author challenges you to select a project and, working along with the book, be the project manager and develop a project plan. By working with customers and funders of the project, defining the project, identifying how long it will take, and determining its cost, you will develop the expertise to define project goals and create a plan to reach them.

Table of Contents

Projects: The Big Picture
The Project Core
Scope Component
Schedule Component
Budget Component
Quality Component
Risk Component
Project Context
Stakeholders, Communication, and Teaming
Connect the Dots (Integration)
After the Plan: The Team Must Execute
We Learn Best by Doing

Project Charter

Deck Project
Project Charter Contents

Project Scope
Scope: Telescope to Microscope
Project Scope Statement
Work Breakdown Structure
Decomposition of the Deck Project into WBS Categories
Next Steps

Project Schedule

Schedule Network Diagram
Project Duration
How Much versus How Long
What about Resources?
Building the Project Schedule
Determine Schedule

Project Budget

Accounting for Apparently Free Labor Resources
Project Funding
Budget for the Deck Project

Project Quality

Quality Project versus Quality Product
Subjective versus Measureable
Quality Plan

Project Risks

Naming the Risks
Risk Categories
List of Risks for the Deck Project
Probability and Impact
Risk Score
Risk Response Plans
Risk Response Strategies
Next Steps

Project Toolkit

Cross-Project Processes
Project Toolkit Summary

Project Context

Project Stakeholders

What’s in It for Me?
Identify Project Stakeholders
Organizing the Stakeholders
Stakeholder Engagement

Project Communication

Communication Plan
What to Communicate
Push or Pull
Marketing and Branding
Next Steps

Project Teaming

Stages of Team Development
Team Building
Coordination of Work: Sorting Out Team Roles and Responsibilities
Next Steps

Connect the Dots: Integrating the Project Components

How Much Planning Does a Project Need?
Project Plan Document Approvals
Project Plan
Next Steps

After the Plan, We Execute

The Product of the Project
Execution of the Deck Project
Next Steps

Steps to Execute Your Project

Step 1: Create a Project Charter
Step 2: Create the Project Scope Statement
Step 3: Create Stakeholder Matrix
Step 4: Create Stakeholder Engagement Matrix
Step 5: Create the Communication Plan
Step 6: Teaming, Create RAM for Documents, Create Organization Chart
Step 7: Create the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), RAM for WBS Work Packages
Step 8: Create the Project Schedule
Step 9: Create the Project Budget
Step 10: Create the Quality Plan
Step 11: Identify Risks
Step 12: Publish the Project Plan
Step 13: Execution
Step 14: Congratulations


A: Community Gardens Project
B: Project Charter
C: Project Scope Statement
D: Work Breakdown Structure
E: Work Breakdown Structure with Tasks
F: Schedule Network Diagram
G: Project Schedule
H: Project Budget
I: Project Quality Plan
J: Risks and Risk Categories
K: Risk Scores, Probability and Impact Scales
L: Risk Response Plans
M: Stakeholder Matrix
N: Stakeholder Engagement Matrix
O: Project Communication Plan
P: Responsibility Assignment Matrices
Q: Organization Chart
R: Project Execution

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Featured Author Profiles


"This book takes the complex techniques and terms of the corporate project management world and puts them into a language and context that is simple and easily accessible by anyone, even those with no experience in formal project management. The author has done both the formal project management discipline and the mundane world of everyday occurrences a great service. This book can bring about a melding that benefits both."
—Stephen A. Devaux, PMP, MSPM; President, Analytic Project Management

"Project Management Simplified: A Step by Step Process is a great roadmap scripted in non-technical language that is easily understood by non-project managers. The straightforward writing, everyday examples, fundamental diagrams, and checklists break down the mystique of project management. For the reader, the material encompasses the core fundamentals for a successful project. The flow of the material is logical and straight forward. It is also a great refresher reference book for expert project managers!"
—Mary M. Piecewicz, MBA, MSPC, PMP; Clark University College of Professional and Continuing Education