Project Management : The Complete Guide for Every Manager

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This is an essential reading for passing the Certified Project Manager exam! The first book to combine operational and human skills into a flexible, proactive project management framework. The ability to effectively manage projects is a, if not the, key skill for managers in today's bare-bones, hyperspeed workplace. Still, in most organizations, comprehensive project management training programs remain more the exception than the rule, leaving managers to make up the rules - and pick up the pieces - as each project takes on a life of its own."Project Management" is today's most thorough training manual and reference for understanding and managing every aspect of the project environment. Focusing on the human element that is critical to project implementation and completion, it provides: an intuitive five-step approach for collecting the necessary information to plan, schedule, and control a project; keys to managing project teams and ensuring effective communication between teams and stakeholders; and, techniques for maintaining control - both formal and informal - over projects of every size and scope.A project is a process, one that either succeeds or fails one small step at a time. As a manager, you and you alone are responsible for the timely and successful completion of each step. "Project Management" features examples, case studies, and analysis for each phase of the typical project, to ensure that each project you manage meets its goals on time and on budget. Projects involve the creation by an individual or team of an entirely new product or process. To reach that goal, project managers must understand both the operational and human aspects of spearheading a project from conception to completion. In addition, because each project has unique characteristics and requirements that often aren't apparent until the project is well under way, a manager must be fully prepared to provide intuitive and instant solutions - and be confident those solutions are correct."Project Management" provides proven guidelines for managing projects from both the operational and behavioral standpoint. This added focus on the human aspect - unique in today's project management professional library - shows you how to work within the existing organizational culture, manage stakeholders and team members based on their differing and often competing goals and viewpoints, and even manage projects across organizations with opposing goals and cultures. Beginning with the initial planning stages and moving through teambuilding, control, and final delivery of project results, "Project Management" outlines solution-oriented, integrated methodologies for implementing the processes of project management.Examples from a wide variety of both manufacturing and service environments highlight the hands-on skills and solutions required for: defining projects; organizing projects; estimating time and cost requirements; analyzing and managing project risk; managing teams and stakeholders; scheduling resources for utilization and availability; monitoring performance; conducting and learning from a project audit; and, effective project managers must seamlessly blend operational skills, prioritization abilities, and behavioral insights, often simultaneously. "Project Management" outlines a step-by-step framework for managing any project, in any industry or environment, and consistently achieving objectives with a maximum of efficiency and a minimum of waste.

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Clifford Gray, D.B.A., is professor emeritus of management at Oregon State University. The president of Project Management International, Inc., since 1977, Dr. Gray has published dozens of articles on operations and project management and taught numerous popular executive development seminars and workshops.

Erik Larson, Ph.D., is a professor and chairman of the Department of Management, Marketing, and International Business at Oregon State University's College of Business. A published author and recognized authority on matrix management, product development, and project partnering, Dr. Larson teaches executive, graduate, and undergraduate courses on project management, organizational behavior, and leadership.

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