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Project Management Simplified

A Step-by-Step Process, 1st Edition

By Barbara Karten

CRC Press

259 pages | 51 B/W Illus.

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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.


"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

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering