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Successful Project Management: Applying Best Practices and Real-World Techniques with Microsoft® Project (Business Skills) [Paperback]

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; About the Author; Introduction; Companion Content; Support for This Book; Questions and Comments; Getting a Project Started; Chapter 1: Meet Project Management; 1.1 What Is a Project?; 1.2 What Is Project Management?; 1.3 The Benefits of Project Management; 1.4 Summary; Chapter 2: Obtaining Approval for a Project; 2.1 Summarizing a Project; 2.2 Defining the Problem; 2.3 Project Goal and Objectives; 2.4 Project Strategy; 2.5 Gathering Requirements; 2.6 Deliverables; 2.7 Success Criteria; 2.8 The Scope Statement; 2.9 Assumptions and Risks; 2.10 Working with Project Stakeholders; 2.11 The Project Charter: Publicizing a Project; 2.12 Summary; Planning a Project; Chapter 3: Planning to Achieve Success; 3.1 What Is Project Planning?; 3.2 Plans Change; 3.3 Summary; Chapter 4: Building a Work Breakdown Structure; 4.1 What’s a Work Breakdown Structure?; 4.2 The Benefits of a WBS; 4.3 Building a WBS; 4.4 When to Stop Building a WBS; 4.5 Building a WBS from the Bottom Up; 4.6 Recording a WBS; 4.7 Detailing Work Packages; 4.8 Summary; Chapter 5: Project Resources; 5.1 The Responsibility Matrix; 5.2 The Project Organization Chart; 5.3 Putting a Project Team Together; 5.4 Creating Resources in Project; 5.5 Summary; Chapter 6: Building a Project Schedule; 6.1 Estimating; 6.2 Top-Down Planning; 6.3 Defining the Sequence of Work; 6.4 Adding Schedule Milestones; 6.5 Assigning Resources to Tasks; 6.6 Building Reality into a Schedule; 6.7 Shortening a Project Schedule; 6.8 Summary; Chapter 7: Working with a Budget; 7.1 Understanding Financial Measures; 7.2 Understanding Capital Budgets; 7.3 Calculating Costs in a Project Schedule; 7.4 Comparing Project Costs with the Budget; 7.5 Exporting Costs from a Project Schedule; 7.6 Summary; Carrying Out a Project; Chapter 8: Executing the Project Plan; 8.1 Procuring Resources; 8.2 Kicking Off a Project; 8.3 A Final Checklist; 8.4 Summary; Chapter 9: Evaluating Project Performance; 9.1 Gathering Data; 9.2 Updating Tasks in Your Schedule; 9.3 Tracking Schedule Progress; 9.4 Reviewing Cost and Cost Variance; 9.5 Reporting on Project Performance; 9.6 Working with Visual Reports; 9.7 Summary; Chapter 10: Managing Project Resources; 10.1 Motivating Project Resources; 10.2 Developing a Team; 10.3 Evaluating People’s Performance; 10.4 Summary; Chapter 11: Communicating Information; 11.1 Knowledge Is Power; 11.2 The Communication Plan; 11.3 Guidelines for Good Communication; 11.4 How to Get Messages Through; 11.5 Meetings That Work; 11.6 Project Status Reports; 11.7 Taming Email; 11.8 Summary; Controlling Projects; Chapter 12: Managing Project Changes; 12.1 An Overview of the Change Management Process; 12.2 Summary; Chapter 13: Modifying the Project Schedule; 13.1 Simplifying Solution Hunting; 13.2 Shortening a Project Schedule; 13.3 Splitting Long Tasks into Short Ones; 13.4 Adjusting Resource Allocation; 13.5 Assigning Overtime; 13.6 Substituting Resources; 13.7 Modifying Baselines; 13.8 Summary; Chapter 14: Balancing the Budget and Other Project Variables; 14.1 Cost, Scope, Quality, and Schedule; 14.2 Balancing Acts; 14.3 Summary; Chapter 15: Managing Risk; 15.1 The Benefits of Managing Risk; 15.2 The Risk-Management Plan; 15.3 Identifying and Describing Risks; 15.4 Choosing the Risks You’ll Manage; 15.5 Responding to Risks; 15.6 Tracking Risks; 15.7 Summary; Closing Projects; Chapter 16: Learning Lessons; 16.1 The Importance of Lessons Learned; 16.2 Collecting Lessons Learned; 16.3 Documenting Lessons Learned; 16.4 Summary; Chapter 17: Closing a Project; 17.1 Obtaining Customer Acceptance; 17.2 Documenting the Project; 17.3 Closing Out Contracts; 17.4 Project Transitions; 17.5 Summary; Chapter 18: Archiving Historical Information; 18.1 Information to Store about Projects; 18.2 Ways to Build a Project Archive; 18.3 Microsoft Enterprise Project Management Software; 18.4 Summary; Beyond Projects; Chapter 19: Selecting and Prioritizing Projects; 19.1 Project Selection and the Project Manager; 19.2 Criteria for Selecting Projects; 19.3 How a Project Review Board Works; 19.4 Summary; Chapter 20: Other Project Management Approaches; 20.1 Managing the Critical Chain; 20.2 Agile Project Management; 20.3 Summary; Glossary;

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