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Practical Guide to Project Planning

Practical Guide to Project Planning Author Ricardo Viana Vargas
ISBN-10 1420045059
Release 2007-10-01
Pages 232
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Practical Guide to Project Planning is filled with project documents and templates ready to use for planning and managing project. It explains project analysis and modeling techniques so these documents and templates can be used for effective project management. In addition, the book is also a guide to best practices that comply with the PMI’s PMBOK ® 3.0. Throughout the book, a real-world, practical project plan is used to explain all management issues related to a project, including scope, time, costs, quality, human resources, communication, risks, procurement, and integration. This example also covers every stage of implementing a project management office (PMO), from initial analysis to post-deployment review. The text is filled with insightful tips on using the most popular project management tools and software, including Mindmanager for initial planning sessions, Milestone Project Companion for report generation, and Microsoft Project, the most widely used tool for project planning. Project documents discussed in the book are on the accompanying CD ROM, so readers can use them to develop and track their own projects.



Team Planning for Project Managers and Business Analysts

Team Planning for Project Managers and Business Analysts Author Gail Levitt
ISBN-10 9781439855430
Release 2012-09-06
Pages 225
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Supplying busy project professionals with time-tested tips and templates for developing teams efficiently and effectively, Team Planning for Project Managers and Business Analysts provides the planning materials required to increase team collaboration and productivity in a global workplace. This comprehensive resource offers insights and access to critical resources and tools to create, propose, execute, and evaluate team development plans. Dr. Levitt's insights will enable readers to transform their visions, mission statements, goals, and deliverables into actionable plans for their teams. Team Planning for Project Managers and Business Analysts evaluates the strengths and performance gaps in each of the five stages of team development—forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning—and outlines methods for creating a team development plan and addressing the challenge of gaining upper management commitment. With a focus on succession planning for the team, Dr. Levitt considers team brain capacity and how to plan for the transfer of knowledge within the organization. In addition to the many templates and guidelines included, the book offers a variety of practical team development guidelines to ensure that team activities, including kick-off meetings and project status reviews, are both engaging and productive.



Practical Project Management for Building and Construction

Practical Project Management for Building and Construction Author Hans Ottosson
ISBN-10 9781439896556
Release 2012-07-23
Pages 328
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Practical Project Management for Building and Construction covers the 14 knowledge areas of project management that are essential for successful projects in the construction industry. For each knowledge area, it explains the processes for scope, time, risk, cost, and resource management. Filled with work and process flow diagrams, it demonstrates how projects progress throughout the project life cycle. The book details the processes that must be included in the management process to deliver projects on time and within budget. The processes and knowledge areas described reference the ISO 10006 Standard (guidelines for quality management in projects), the international project management standards of the PMBOK® Guide, and the rapidly emerging ISO 21500 standard. Coverage includes change management, working environment, quality and communication, and procurement management. Illustrating the entire project process, this pioneering reference: Reports on regulations from the European Union and the United States that impact construction projects Identifies the knowledge areas a project manager must control Examines time-tested strategies, various types of contracts, remuneration forms, and contract close out Includes many examples and templates to help you generate essential project documents The book supplies accessible information on a range of helpful tools such as work breakdown structure and earned value. Explaining how to use a network diagram with its gaps and critical paths, the methods described in the text will help you control the WHAT, HOW, and WHEN to do things as well as WHO is responsible for doing them, which will lead to successful project management. Because a large part of the book addresses general project management concepts, the lessons learned will also be helpful to project managers outside the building and construction industry.



Project Management Recipes for Success

Project Management Recipes for Success Author Guy L. De Furia
ISBN-10 1420078259
Release 2008-12-02
Pages 264
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Grounded in practicality, this book explains the procedures for running a successful project and highlights the finer points of managing and controlling the project. Written specifically for those responsible for the hands-on managing of projects, the book is also useful to overall program managers and senior executives. Project managers will gain the confidence that comes from following a good recipe for success. Program managers will gain a perspective on the myriad of activities their project managers must perform to achieve a well-disciplined project. Senior managers will gain a perspective of the approach necessary at the beginning of a project to reduce the number of ill-advised projects and the effort required to achieve successful projects.



The Complete Project Management Office Handbook Third Edition

The Complete Project Management Office Handbook  Third Edition Author Gerard M. Hill
ISBN-10 9781466566330
Release 2013-09-05
Pages 741
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This updated and completely revised edition of a bestseller extends the concepts and considerations of modern project management into the realm of project management oversight, control, and support. Illustrating the implications of project management in today’s organizations, The Complete Project Management Office Handbook, Third Edition explains how to use the project management office (PMO) as a business integrator to influence project outcomes in a manner that serves both project and business management interests. Helping you determine if a PMO is right for your organization, this edition presents a five-stage PMO competency continuum to help you understand how to develop PMOs at different competency levels and associated functionalities. It also identifies five progressive PMO development levels to help you identify which level is best for your organization. Updates to this edition include: A refinement of the 20 PMO functions that guide PMO setup and operations A new section that provides an effective evaluation of PMO maturity indicators based on the prescribed 20 PMO functions presented in the handbook A new section on Establishing a Project Management Office that details a comprehensive process for determining the needs, purpose, and functionality for a new PMO Best practices that have cross-industry value and applicability The book includes checklists, detailed process steps, and descriptive guidance for developing PMO functional capability. The up-to-date PMO model defined will not only help you better understand business practices in project management, but will also help you to adapt and integrate those practices into the project management environment in your organization. For anyone associated with start-up and smaller PMOs, the book explains what can be done to create less rigorous PMO functional capabilities. It also includes helpful insights for those who need to specify and demonstrate "quick-wins" and early PMO-based accomplishments in their organization.



PgMP Exam Practice Test and Study Guide Fourth Edition

PgMP   Exam Practice Test and Study Guide  Fourth Edition Author Ginger Levin
ISBN-10 9781482201369
Release 2013-06-21
Pages 400
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PgMP® Exam Practice Test and Study Guide, Fourth Edition is the book you need to pass the Program Management Professional (PgMP®) exam the first time around. It reflects recent revisions based on PMI®'s Standard for Program Management - Third Edition (2013). Based on best practices that complement PMI®’s standards, this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource available to help you prepare for the exam with new and changed terminology. It includes a list of the major topics covered on the exam organized by the five performance domains—strategic program management, program life cycle, benefits management, stakeholder management, and governance—as presented in the Program Management Professional Examination Content Outline. It also includes helpful tips on how to make the most of the time you have available to prepare for the exam. Just like its bestselling predecessors, this indispensable study guide includes 20 multiple-choice practice questions for each domain along with a comprehensive answer key. The program life cycle domain includes 20 questions for each of the five phases. Each question also has a plainly written rationale for each correct answer with bibliographic references for further study. Two challenging, 170-question practice tests that simulate the actual exam are included in the book and online, so you can retake them as many times as necessary. They also include a rationale and reference. Scores for the online tests are presented as if each question is rated similarly, but this edition also includes a new component: the authors’ own weighting system for the level of difficulty for each question. This system will show you what they feel meets the exam’s criteria for Proficient, Moderately Proficient, and below Proficient. You then will see your scores by domain in both approaches. Supplying an insider's look at the questions, terminology, and sentence construction you will encounter on the day of the exam, this indispensable study tool is designed to help you pass the exam and achieve the highly sought after PgMP® certification.



Program Management Complexity

Program Management Complexity Author Ginger Levin
ISBN-10 1439851123
Release 2016-04-19
Pages 222
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Although complexity is a phenomenon that confounds and challenges program managers across industry sectors, there is little information available that identifies the set of competencies managers need to complete their program successfully and deliver the benefits desired by stakeholders. Program Management Complexity: A Competency Model fills this void. Written by two of the first professionals to obtain the Program Management Professional (PgMP®) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI), this book begins with a literature review of program and project management complexity. Next, it presents a competency model, based on the authors’ seven decades of collective experience in the field, which follows the framework of PMI's model for project managers. Useful for corporate and government organizations, universities, executives, PMO directors and human resources professionals who need to determine program management training needs, this unique model is divided into performance competencies and personal competencies. The performance competencies are organized according to the six domains of program management, while the eight personal competencies are based on research plus a survey of PgMPs® worldwide. After presenting the model, along with detailed plans and guidelines for its implementation in a real-world setting, the book presents three questionnaires designed to help organizations, existing program managers, and aspiring program managers assess their own development plans. Supplying you with the insight to recognize the elements of complexity during the defining and initiating stages, this book includes detailed guidelines to help you recruit, train, and develop program managers capable of delivering stated program benefits, services, and results. Check out a video of Ginger Levin discussing her book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6YPwEhYDlc



Building a Project Work Breakdown Structure

Building a Project Work Breakdown Structure Author Dennis P. Miller
ISBN-10 1420069705
Release 2008-08-01
Pages 264
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Most people do not truly understand a concept until they can visualize it. This applies to all fields, including Project Management. The best way to effectively manage projects is to help your team visualize the end result as well as the steps needed to achieve that result. Help Your Team Visualize the Right Path to Success Building a Project Work Breakdown Structure: Visualizing Objectives, Deliverables, Activities, and Schedules employs a diagram approach to project planning and scheduling. This useful tool empowers business professionals to take control of and successfully communicate their projects, ensuring they are completed on time with their targeted impact. Industry professional Dennis P. Miller, a consultant to leading Fortune 500 companies, thoroughly explains the keys to an effective Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) through an Eight Step Process. He has refined this process over a period of twenty years, applying it to over 100 projects ranging from software development to social events. The Eight Step Process starts with a concentrated effort to define the project through its deliverables. The middle steps walk the project team through a process of activity definition and sequencing and resource assignment. Finally, the last steps involve estimating the duration and verifying the project timeline. Not Just What to Do, But How to Do It! This is a hands-on volume that includes a practice section for each of the eight steps, providing readers with real examples of how the author has successfully applied this process. The result of its application is a visualization of the project’s objectives, deliverables, activities, and schedules. Over 130 illustrations enrich the instructions. Project managers are assured of success by following the simple tools in this unique and comprehensive volume.



Agile Strategy Management

Agile Strategy Management Author Soren Lyngso
ISBN-10 9781466596085
Release 2014-03-21
Pages 444
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Your strategic initiatives are constantly under fire due to the evolving nature of markets, technology, laws, and government. To ensure your strategy succeeds, it must remain flexible while confronting these shifting challenges. Agile Strategy Management: Techniques for Continuous Alignment and Improvement explains how to achieve this flexibility by building agility into the initiation, development, implementation, and governance of your strategic initiatives. The book details what it takes to initiate, develop, implement, and govern a healthy strategy that delivers the benefits expected by all stakeholders. It presents insights gained by the author’s organization over the last 25 years helping their clients achieve success with their strategic initiatives. Filled with real-world examples and case studies, it illustrates wide-ranging situations where the author’s company helped clients reach important business objectives. Readers can use the book to look up examples that describe the various ways to use agile methods and techniques for critical business functions, including: Scope definition of strategic initiatives Stakeholder identification Team building Project and program quality management Change management Procurement of resources Solution development, implementation, and quality management Strategy governance In this book, you will find guidelines that explain how to establish internal organizations for change and how to ensure these intermediate organizations stay motivated until final solution delivery. Presenting success stories as well as major blunders, the book can help you avoid many of the pitfalls that other organizations have experienced while governing their strategic initiatives.



Project Management Concepts Methods and Techniques

Project Management Concepts  Methods  and Techniques Author Claude H. Maley
ISBN-10 9781466566835
Release 2012-07-02
Pages 482
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In order to succeed in today’s increasingly competitive environment, corporations, companies, governments, and nonprofit organizations must be conversant with modern project management techniques. This is especially true for individuals looking to remain professionally competitive. Illustrating the why, what, and how of project management, Project Management Concepts, Methods, and Techniques will help readers develop and refine the skills needed to achieve strategic objectives. It presents a balanced blend of detailed explanatory texts and more than 200 illustrations to supply readers with actionable knowledge that can be put to use immediately. Completely aligned with the Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), this book is the ideal platform for developing the understanding needed to plan, schedule, and deliver successful projects. Explaining how to recognize performance obstacles, it supplies time-tested strategies to help you: Overcome performance obstacles and produce positive results Master the communication and relationship management techniques required for success Develop and refine the core project management skills needed to manage projects in multi-disciplinary and cross-functional environments Filled with exercises, worked-through answers, and self-assessment techniques, this book is an ideal guide for anyone who works directly or indirectly with the management of projects. It illustrates a wide range of real-world situations to help you develop the real-world knowledge needed to consistently deliver projects that meet and exceed stakeholder requirements well into the future.



PMP Exam Practice Test and Study Guide Ninth Edition

PMP   Exam Practice Test and Study Guide  Ninth Edition Author J. LeRoy Ward
ISBN-10 9781482202250
Release 2016-04-19
Pages 536
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PMP® Exam: Practice Test and Study Guide, Ninth Edition uses self-study to help readers increase their chances of passing the PMP certification exam the first time. This spiral-bound edition includes 40 multiple-choice practice questions in each of the ten knowledge areas and in the professional and social responsibilities domain. It presents a 200-question practice test that simulates the actual PMP exam, fully referenced answers keyed to the five project management process groups, and a study matrix to help readers key in on areas that require further study.



PMP Exam Challenge Sixth Edition

PMP   Exam Challenge   Sixth Edition Author J. LeRoy Ward, PMP, PgMP
ISBN-10 9781466599826
Release 2013-06-26
Pages 636
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Preparing for and passing the PMP® exam is no small feat. Although the number of certified PMP®s continues at a phenomenal rate, the exam failure rate remains uncommonly high. PMP® Exam Challenge! is designed to help you pass the exam by giving you an easy-to-use, highly portable publication, containing key relevant topics you are certain to encounter on your exam. Featuring 660 practice questions, this sixth edition completely reflects the PMBOK® Guide, Fifth Edition and covers the guide’s ten knowledge areas.



The Complete Project Management Methodology and Toolkit

The Complete Project Management Methodology and Toolkit Author Gerard M. Hill
ISBN-10 143980155X
Release 2009-10-15
Pages 420
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In the past, an organization’s technical methodologies were expected to fulfill project management process needs. However, they sometimes fell short of applying what is known today as "professional project management" concepts and practices. Written by one of the nation’s most highly regarded project management mentors, The Complete Project Management Methodology and Toolkit delineates a "business-relevant" methodology that can be introduced across different industries and business environments. The book describes the ProjectPRISMTM Project Management Methodology, an innovative, matrix-based approach to conducting project management that introduces relevant concepts, practices, and tools in an effective project management solution. Aligned with common business practices, Gerard Hill’s method demonstrates how to develop project plans, keep on schedule, manage budgets, maintain areas of responsibility, and evaluate a project’s progress from concept to completion. The text also offers insight for customizing the methodology to meet the unique needs of individual organizations. Project management has emerged as a professional discipline and is coming into the mainstream just when it appears to be most needed in the business environment. Demonstrating that project management, in many ways, is business management, the author provides an exceptional foundation for creating a fine-tuned project management practice and a relevant business solution for every organization.



Creating the Project Office

Creating the Project Office Author Randall L. Englund
ISBN-10 0787966754
Release 2003-02-03
Pages 336
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Creating the Project Office is written for managers who are searching for ways to transform their organizations into more effective and efficient project-based workplaces. As this important book reveals, there is no more effective way to make that change than to create a project office tailored to the needs of the organization. While a project office model leads to better products from projects, it is also a vehicle for generating overall organizational change -- by transforming the organization from function-based to project-based. This model incorporates projects into the very fabric of the organizational strategy and revitalizes organizations, creates competitive advantage, and increases shareholder value.



PMP Exam Practice Test and Study Guide Tenth Edition

PMP   Exam Practice Test and Study Guide  Tenth Edition Author Ginger Levin
ISBN-10 9781498752831
Release 2015-09-18
Pages 442
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Continuing in the tradition of its bestselling predecessors, PMP® Exam Practice Test and Study Guide, Tenth Edition uses self study to help readers increase their chances of passing the PMP® certification exam the first time around. This tenth edition is up to date with the 2015 Examination Content Outline (ECO) published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), which is the blueprint for the exam. In addition to 600 practice test questions, this edition includes a new chapter on the five process domains. It supplies an overview of each knowledge area, a list of exam topics, and 40 multiple-choice questions for each of the ten knowledge areas presented in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge Fifth Edition (PMBOK® Guide). As in previous editions, this edition provides a clearly written rationale for each correct answer, along with a supporting reference list. To help broaden your understanding of the concepts in the answer, this edition features an expanded rationale that discusses why a particular answer is correct, some study tips to consider, and in many cases, an explanation as to why the other answers are incorrect. For each answer, the authors supply references to the appropriate pages in the PMBOK® Guide and the specific ECO domain and task. You will also find references to one or more of the five process groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, or Closing at the end of each rationale. The book features a 200-question online practice test that simulates the actual PMP® exam. It also includes the authors’ proprietary proficiency rating that will help you assess your strengths and weaknesses in each process domain so you can identify the areas where you require further study. Watch co-author Ginger Levin, PMP talk about this new edition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ2RePeYBvY



Mastering Risk and Procurement in Project Management

Mastering Risk and Procurement in Project Management Author Randal Wilson
ISBN-10 9780133838497
Release 2014-08-21
Pages 256
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Master the crucial risk management and procurement tasks that are indispensable to project success! In Mastering Risk and Procurement in Project Management, expert project manager and seasoned professor Wilson addresses every stage of the project where risk management and procurement are relevant, especially planning, monitoring, and control. Teaching through relevant examples and case studies, Wilson explains: Why risk management and procurement are so crucial to achieving your project's goals The deep and surprising linkages that exist across risk management and procurement How to avoid common pitfalls How to integrate best-practice risk management and procurement throughout your PMBOK processes. Drawing on his own extensive experience, he offers in-depth coverage of topics ranging from contracting and risk monitoring to project close-out, and gives readers practical knowledge of critical processes and tasks in project management.



PMP Exam

PMP Exam Author J. LeRoy Ward
ISBN-10 1890367524
Release 2009-11-05
Pages 373
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Offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the PMP® Exam is quite intensive and requires advanced knowledge of project management concepts. Rigorous and authoritative, PMP Exam: Practice Test and Study Guide, Eighth Edition is an essential resource that uses self-study and self-examination to help readers increase their chances of passing the PMP certification exam the first time. This spiral-bound edition includes 40 multiple-choice practice questions in each of nine knowledge areas and in the professional and social responsibilities domain. It presents a composite 200-question practice test intended to simulate the PMP® exam. A comprehensive resource, it also contains fully referenced answers keyed to the five project management process groups, a complete bibliography, and a study matrix to help readers key in on specific areas that require further study. If you would like to increase your chances of passing the PMP exam the first time out, the PMP Exam: Practice Test and Study Guide, Eighth Edition is an invaluable reference to have.