Projects are the tools that create products, improve efficiency, and deliver strategic objectives. Beyond the methodologies, at the heart of productivity lie seven Key Success Parameters that can transform your organization into a high-performer. Based on the works of such greats as Mazlow, McGregor, Flamholtz and Randle, Covey, and many others, the authors have developed a framework, structure, and method for moving any organization forward at high-velocity and with high-quality. In this ever-changing highly-competitive and global marketplace, organizations can no longer survive with business-as-usual. See how these Key Success Parameters can help you transform your organization to meet the needs in this challenging economy.
There are plenty of books about project management, but this is the first one written for the people who have the most at stake: the senior executives who will ultimately be held accountable for the successes of the projects they approve and supervise. Michael Bender explains project management from the perspective that matters most to executives: adding value. Most books view project management from the inside, focusing primarily on lower-level issues. A Manager's Guide to Project Management views it from above, explaining how project managers can best achieve the strategic goals of the business; the executive's role in successful project management; and the tools available to executives who want to gain greater value from project management. Drawing on extensive experience, Bender shows how to: make sure project and enterprise goals align; structure organizations to support more effective project communication and decision making; integrate project processes with other organizational processes; oversee projects more effectively.
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Project scheduling is a critical tool to manage the task inter-dependencies throughout the project. It guides the project manager in resource acquisition and allocation, handling emergencies and risks, and can build a strong and effective team.
This book presents tools and techniques for accurately estimating work, sequencing work, establishing which tasks are time-critical, how to allocate resources across your project and even how to negotiate for better resources. You’ll discover the techniques for developing a project’s critical path and how to use it to get the best team possible as well as how to allocate that team across your project.
Perhaps the most misunderstood of the project management disciplines, project risk management is simple to master and is one of the most powerful tools for both novice and advanced project managers.
Whatever concerns your project may offer: political, technical, resource or inexperienced team, project risk management can reduce or eliminate them.
Offering a simplified methodology, this book offers pragmatic and easy-to-understand techniques, tools, methods, forms and checklists for managing risks. You’ll find step-by-step instructions for applying a variety of methods to help you manage your project risks.
Finally, you’ll see how to use the cause-effect relationship of risks to manage high-level stakeholders, senior management and clients.
The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is the heart of the project plan. It’s used to define what resources you’ll need. It’s the basis of both your cost and schedule estimates. It establishes your project’s risks. It aids in communication, procurements, quality — all aspects of the project.
This book presents how to develop a solid and robust WBS simply and easily. You’ll learn tools and techniques for engaging your project team, developing project phases, ensuring you include all the activities you’ll need and communicating your project to senior management.