This book provides practical guidance for corporate decision makers, project managers, project engineers, and for those wishing to grasp the key issues that define project success. The book represents a distillation of years of practical experience and offers a clear and concise ‘blueprint’ for how to approach projects and their management.
This book is designed to be ‘clean and simple’ in its delivery – allowing the reader to immediately have ‘take aways’ that could be implemented within a project, adding value to any approach dealing with the key common problems and issues that arise within the project medium. The book can be applied to a wide range of scenarios in which project management is required – from setting up an organisation, creating distribution networks, bringing new technology to market, and to designing a leadership and training architecture within an organisation.
The book, in addition to being a go-to reference book on project management for professional project managers and business leaders, is also ideal for postgraduate and undergraduate students studying project management. It is written to be user friendly, yet provides a wealth of information and tips that will enhance the readers knowledge and understanding of managing projects.
Table of Contents
1. The Project Methodology
2. Identifying Project Risk and Opportunities
3. The Project Lifecycle
4. The Project Manager
5. Project Components
6. Project Interface Management
7. Project Budgetary Management
8. Project Scheduling
Christopher Lennon is the Director of Stone Falcon Corporate and Legal Consulting Ltd. The company works internationally within the domain of project management from both a training and consulting perspective – specializing in helping projects in trouble and strategic aspects pre initiation.
"In his book, Chris Lennon uses real world insights to offer useful practical guidance for dealing with many of the issues faced by those involved in the management of projects." - Mark Thompson, Founder, Epeus
"Lennon has written a lively and incisive text outlining core concepts in project management. Just as importantly, he shows the links between topics such as risk, scope, and project appraisal. I would be happy to recommend this to anyone wanting to understand project management." - Dr. J.D. Lamb, Business School, University of Aberdeen
"In this book, Chris Lennon articulates and navigates the dichotomies that exist between the creative and norm-challenging academic teachings and the experience developed over time that ‘grounds’ the project manager. His ability to help the reader make sense of the key issues and the use of a ‘silver bullet’ to cut straight to the point makes this a realistic, supportive read within a field that is traditionally, perhaps by design, seen as complicated and fraught with financial, reputational and operational dangers." -- Steve Johnson MSc, FCIPS Chartered Ex Dip, FCILT, Head of Commercial Management, TEXO
"Most books on project management espouse the theory; this book is far from that. It is a truly pragmatic approach, which incorporates many lessons learnt at the ‘coal face’ of leading projects. His distinction between Critical Success Factors (CSF’s) and Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) is of particular value to the project management practitioner. These two concepts are often confused as being the same thing, whereas they are in fact distinctly different and serves different purposes. Likewise, the role of the project sponsor is very clearly delineated. A great read if you are serious about project success!" -- Nic Loubser, Business Strategist, Managing Partner, PROFECTUS
"Chris Lennon has, over many years, consistently been a very popular teacher of Project Management on our Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes. His teaching style is greatly appreciated for his engaging and captivating -- indeed absorbing -- approach, which has always delivered the Learning Outcomes in a manner which has had a big impact on the students. I am delighted to see he is putting this track record to good use in a significant new book, which I am sure will be both as useful and as popular as his teaching has always been." -- Dr Paul Davidson, School of Engineering, Aberdeen University
"A no-nonsense review of the fundamental approaches to keep projects on track, from concept to delivery. When the heat blurs the horizon, many project managers will find help here for keeping control." – Alex Chwetzoff, Oilfield multi-disciplinary projects manager