386 pages | 91 B/W Illus.
This book applies systems thinking to treat project management in a systemic and systematic manner from a problem-solving perspective. Considering the project as a system, the book discusses traditional project planning and organizing, as well as some neglected aspects of the project, namely how to prevent cost and schedule escalation, how to deal with change, recognize problems in time to prevent project failure and what to do when things go wrong during the implementation states of a project.
This book provides you with a better understanding of the systems approach to problem-solving and project management that will enable you to be more successful at managing projects.
1. Introduction. 2. Management: General and Project Management. 3. The Attributes of a Project.
4. The Nine Systems Model. 5. Project Planning. 6. Project Staffing. 7. Project Scheduling for Success. 8. Cost Estimating. 9. Reducing Project Schedule and Cost. 10. Performance Monitoring and Controlling. 11. An Introduction to Managing Risk and Uncertainty Over the Project Life Cycle. 12. Impact of Change on Cost and Schedule. 13. The Human Element. 14. Considerations for Special Types of Projects. 15. Project Audit and Closure. 16. Ethics. Appendix 1. The Case Study. Appendix 2. Introduction to MCSSRP Exercise. Appendix 3. MCSS Technical Details. Appendix 4. Events That will Cause Cost and Schedule Changes. Appendix 5. Staffing Resumes for Exercise. 1. Notes. 2. Resumes.