Managing Projects in the Real World

Author: Melanie McBride
Publisher: Apress
ISBN: 1430265124
Format: PDF, ePub
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Managing Projects in the Real World provides clear and actionable advice to project managers for recognizing, anticipating, and overcoming challenges associated with the human component of leading others. The mechanics of project management are rational and straightforward to learn. The art of project management is irrational and complex to learn. Project managers need to develop a repertoire of soft skills that are typically hard for them, since they rose through the ranks to that position by virtue of superior reasoning skills. But if a project manager cannot adjudicate the clash of personalities, finesse the friction between assigned and preferred roles, steer clear of hidden hazards, and diplomatically resolve overlapping assertions of competing authority—that project manager is in a world of trouble. From the human perils of project management, nobody is better qualified to rescue beleaguered project managers than Melanie McBride—veteran PM and author of the Intel blog, The Accidental Profession. She sheds light on those dark, dusty places that fall between the cracks of theory and best practice out in the real world where irate colleagues, unrealistic product launch dates, and virtual meetings reign supreme and run amok. In this book you’ll find targeted discussions and specific techniques to empower you to meet the challenges that project managers face every day. The book is structured into project phases to help any project manager on any kind of project jump right to the tried and true solution for the challenge at hand.

Project Management Basics

Author: Melanie McBride
Publisher: Apress
ISBN: 1484220862
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Learn step-by-step instructions for managing any project in a clean sequence of five classic phases—initiating, planning, executing, releasing, and closing. This book sets out clearly and engagingly which tasks need to be done and when, how, and why they need to be done. Each chapter on one of the five phases walks you through all the steps in that phase’s workflow, which are laid out in a checklist attached to the chapter. The checklists are graphically supplemented by flow charts and swim lane diagrams. The master checklist serves as a map and tool for project managers to use in the real world to run projects and keep them on track. Senior project manager and PM mentor Melanie McBride understands the predicament of beginning and junior project managers: "You're at the edge of a tornado, bombarded by overly excited people offering you a Mission Impossible. Everywhere you look there are cool shiny things swirling around your head—the earnest coworker telling you to go agile, the software package promising a turnkey collaboration solution, the PMO with an arm-long list of required processes. So how do you avoid getting whacked in the head by that airborne Mac truck of a customer commit? Oh, and what exactly do you need to do to get those flying monkeys to shut up?" Project Management Basics slips the spinning project manager into the eye of the storm where things are quiet and it’s easy to figure out what to do next using the author’s detailed checklists and hard-headed advice. She shows that project management doesn’t have to be "a chaotic hot mess, leaving you with an egg-beater hairdo." With McBride’s book and checklists in hand, even first-time project managers can pull off controlled, flying-monkey–free projects. What You Will Learn See the essential duties of a project manager Master the project management life cycle in five phases Discover the what, when, how, and why of PM tasks presented in detailed steps Leverage checklists for optimum efficiency and throughput Adapt workflow controls to low-PM organizations Enhance PM with vogue methodologies without obscuring the basics Who This Book Is For Beginning and junior project managers seeking a concise, authoritative guide to the basics of project management, together with checklists, flow charts, and swim lane diagrams for immediate use in real-world projects.

American Library History

Author: Arthur P. Young
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810821385
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Managing Projects in the Real World provides clear and actionable advice to project managers for recognizing, anticipating, and overcoming challenges associated with the human component of leading others. The mechanics of project management are rational and straightforward to learn. The art of project management is irrational and complex to learn. Project managers need to develop a repertoire of soft skills that are typically hard for them, since they rose through the ranks to that position by virtue of superior reasoning skills. But if a project manager cannot adjudicate the clash of personalities, finesse the friction between assigned and preferred roles, steer clear of hidden hazards, and diplomatically resolve overlapping assertions of competing authority--that project manager is in a world of trouble. From the human perils of project management, nobody is better qualified to rescue beleaguered project managers than Melanie McBride--veteran PM and author of the Intel blog, The Accidental Profession. She sheds light on those dark, dusty places that fall between the cracks of theory and best practice out in the real world where irate colleagues, unrealistic product launch dates, and virtual meetings reign supreme and run amok. In this book you'll find targeted discussions and specific techniques to empower you to meet the challenges that project managers face every day. The book is structured into project phases to help any project manager on any kind of project jump right to the tried and true solution for the challenge at hand. What you'll learn After reading Managing Projects in the Real World: The Tips and Tricks No One Tells You About When You Start, project managers will know: How to execute basic project management tasks such as building dynamic schedules, developing risk management plans, holding others accountable, and conducting effective meetings. How to navigate the tricky bits, such as unrealistic due dates and virtual meetings with multitasking attendees. How to communicate effectively with project stakeholders and manage their expectations and different communication styles. How to deal with stakeholders with classically difficult personas, such as bullies, micromanagers, visionaries, and prisoners. How to continually improve in your PM craft and decision-making abilities. Who this book is for Primary: project, program, and product managers Secondary: any team leader or director Table of Contents How to Figure Out What's Really Going On Effective Meetings in The Real World Team Building The “Special” Ones You Have to Do the Work How to Develop a Robust Schedule How To Say “No” to Unrealistic Target Dates A Special Case: Planning for the Holiday Season Leadership Showtime Decision Making Presenting Project Updates Stakeholder Management Communicating with Difficult People Is Your Team Ready to Release Leading When the Music Stops You Really Ought to Be Doing This Is Project Management Right for You? Are You a Professional? Getting Better at It

Your Project Management Coach

Author: Bonnie Biafore
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118238958
Format: PDF, Docs
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A pragmatic approach to project management Many projects fail to deliver on time or on budget, or even to deliver a workable product that satisfies the customer. While good project management goes a long way towards ensuring success, managers often fail to follow the plans they implement. This unique guide helps you understand and successfully handle project management, once and for all. Covering practical ways to solve problems you'll typically face when managing actual projects, this pragmatic book takes you through a full project management lifecycle. You'll find ample tips, tricks, and best practices--all richly illustrated with real case studies. Find out how to plan for risk, get wayward projects back on track, manage a whole portfolio of projects, and much more. Each topic in the book is mapped to the exam topics of the PMP® Certification Exam, so PMP certification candidates can also use this book for test prep. The book's companion web site offers downloadable forms, templates, and checklists. Explains project management for the real world using a pragmatic approach that includes field-tested techniques, case studies to illustrate concepts, helpful tips and tricks, and downloadable content Guides you to project management success by providing friendly advice, as if you had a friend or project management consultant at your side, discussing issues Explores how to run successful meetings, how to get wayward projects back on track, planning for risk, and how to manage multiple projects Manage your next project with a personal consultant: your own copy of Your Project Management Coach: Best Practices for Managing Projects in the Real World. (PMP is a registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.)

Managing Projects

Author: Lou Russell
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118282140
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Managing Projects offers a hands-on resource for buildingpractical competencies for anyone who must manage one or moresmall- to mid-size projects. The book is filled with targetedprocesses, tools, techniques, and influencing skills that addressthe more difficult "people" side of project management. The authorshows how to: influence stakeholders 360 degrees around you;encourage accountability from others who do not work for you andhave plenty of projects to juggle without adding your priority;negotiate time, cost, quality, and scope with executives; andcourageously tell the truth and get the help you need earlyenough. Praise for Managing Projects "No one knows more about project management than Lou Russell.Her easy coaching style paired with specific methods makes thisbook a real winner. This is one book all leaders, managers,supervisors, and project leads will use as their essential 'go to'resource."—Elaine Biech, ebb associates inc.; bestsellingauthor, The Business of Consulting "Lou Russell has done it again! Managing Projects iscomprehensive, practical, and easy to understand and apply to yourprojects, big or small. The book gives helpful tips and definitionsthat will enable the reader to move through the project managementprocess with ease. Thanks, Lou, for creating such a greatresource." —Amy L. Dinning, manager of Leadership and TalentDevelopment, Saint-Gobain North America "Managing Projects is more than a book. It is a workshop betweenthe covers, with one of the finest learning facilitators as yourguide. If you find yourself dealing with projects in your work (andwhether you know it or not, this is you), using the techniques inthis book will make you less stressed and more successful."—Kevin Eikenberry, bestselling author, RemarkableLeadership "As the leader of an international logistics company, I know howcritical project management is to meeting the needs of ourcustomers. To hit their due dates we have to hit our own, with noexcuses. Lou's practical approach to project management fits wellinto our time-constrained, date-focused workplace. It's simple,it's real, and it works." —Cathy Langham, CEO, LanghamLogistics

Microsoft Project Resource Guide

Author: Techrepublic Staff
Publisher: CNET Networks Inc.
ISBN: 9781931490566
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Collection of tips and techniques from IT project experts at TechRepublic to help make the most of Microsoft's project management application. Features and functionlity of Microsoft Project, getting started, beyond the basics. Tools and templates are on the accompanying CD-ROM.

Building Construction

Author: Gang Chen
Publisher: ArchiteG, Inc.
ISBN: 0984374140
Format: PDF, Docs
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Learn the Tips, Become One of Those Who Know Building Construction and Architectural Practice, and Thrive! For architectural practice and building design and construction industry, there are two kinds of people: those who know, and those who don't. The tips of building design and construction and project management have been undercover-until now. Most of the existing books on building construction and architectural practice are too expensive, too complicated, and too long to be practical and helpful. This book simplifies the process to make it easier to understand and uncovers the tips of building design and construction and project management. It sets up a solid foundation and fundamental framework for this field. It covers every aspect of building construction and architectural practice in plain and concise language and introduces it to all people. Through practical case studies, it demonstrates the efficient and proper ways to handle various issues and problems in architectural practice and building design and construction industry. It is for ordinary people and aspiring young architects as well as seasoned professionals in the construction industry. For ordinary people, it uncovers the tips of building construction; for aspiring architects, it works as a construction industry survival guide and a guidebook to shorten the process in mastering architectural practice and climbing up the professional ladder; for seasoned architects, it has many checklists to refresh their memory. It is an indispensable reference book for ordinary people, architectural students, interns, drafters, designers, seasoned architects, engineers, construction administrators, superintendents, construction managers, contractors, and developers. You will learn: 1.How to develop your business and work with your client. 2.The entire process of building design and construction, including programming, entitlement, schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding, and construction administration. 3.How to coordinate with governing agencies, including a county's health department and a city's planning, building, fire, public works departments, etc. 4.How to coordinate with your consultants, including soils, civil, structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing engineers, landscape architects, etc. 5.How to create and use your own checklists to do quality control of your construction documents. 6.How to use various logs (i.e., RFI log, submittal log, field visit log, etc.) and lists (contact list, document control list, distribution list, etc.) to organize and simplify your work. 7.How to respond to RFI, issue CCDs, review change orders, submittals, etc. 8.How to make your architectural practice a profitable and successful business. About the author Gang Chen holds a master's degree from the School of Architecture, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, and a bachelor's degree from the School of Architecture, South China University of Technology. He has over 20 years of professional experience. Many of the projects he was in charge of or participated in have been published extensively in Architecture, Architectural Record, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, etc. He has worked on a variety of unusual projects, including well-known, large-scale healthcare and hospitality projects with over one billion dollars in construction costs, award-winning school designs, highly-acclaimed urban design and streetscape projects, multifamily housing, high-end custom homes, and regional and neighborhood shopping centers. Gang Chen is a LEED AP and a licensed architect in California. He is also the internationally acclaimed author for other fascinating books, including Planting Design Illustrated and LEED Exam Guides Series, which include one guidebook for each of the LEED exams.

Business Continuity Management

Author: Andrew Hiles
Publisher: Rothstein Publishing
ISBN: 1931332835
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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At this critical point in your Business Continuity Management studies and research, you need one definitive, comprehensive professional textbook that will take you to the next step. In his 4th edition of Business Continuity Management: Global Best Practices, Andrew Hiles gives you a wealth of real-world analysis and advice – based on international standards and grounded in best practices -- a textbook for today, a reference for your entire career. With so much to learn in this changing profession, you don't want to risk missing out on something you’ll need later. Does one of these describe you? Preparing for a Business Continuity Management career, needing step-by-step guidelines, Working in BCM, looking to deepen knowledge and stay current -- and create, update, or test a Business Continuity Plan. Managing in BCM, finance, facilities, emergency preparedness or other field, seeking to know as much as much as possible to make the decisions to keep the company going in the face of a business interruption. Hiles has designed the book for readers on three distinct levels: Initiate, Foundation, and Practitioner. Each chapter ends with an Action Plan, pinpointing the primary message of the chapter and a Business Continuity Road Map, outlining the actions for the reader at that level. NEW in the 4th Edition: Supply chain risk -- extensive chapter with valuable advice on contracting. Standards -- timely information and analysis of global/country-specific standards, with detailed appendices on ISO 22301/22313 and NFPA 1600. New technologies and their impact – mobile computing, cloud computing, bring your own device, Internet of things, and more. Case studies – vivid examples of crises and disruptions and responses to them. Horizon scanning of new risks – and a hint of the future of BCM. Professional certification and training – explores issues so important to your career. Proven techniques to win consensus on BC strategy and planning. BCP testing – advice and suggestions on conducting a successful exercise or test of your plan To assist with learning -- chapter learning objectives, case studies, real-life examples, self-examination and discussion questions, forms, checklists, charts and graphs, glossary, and index. Downloadable resources and tools – hundreds of pages, including project plans, risk analysis forms, BIA spreadsheets, BC plan formats, and more. Instructional Materials -- valuable classroom tools, including Instructor’s Manual, Test Bank, and slides -- available for use by approved adopters in college courses and professional development training.

Project Management

Author: Rob Kennaugh
Publisher: Rob Kennaugh
ISBN: 098045333X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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1. Extra effort -- 2. Problem solving -- 3. Extraordinary help -- 4. Organising yourself -- 5. Adapting to change -- 6. Motivation -- 7. Taking risks -- 8. Selling the message -- 9. Managing people -- 10. The future is yours to create.

Pro Web Project Management

Author: Justin Emond
Publisher: Apress
ISBN: 1430240849
Format: PDF, ePub
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Pro Web Project Management is a collection of hard-won lessons the authors have learned managing modern web projects with small and medium budgets in a consulting environment. This isn’t a book about project management theory. Pro Web Project Management tells how to create real deliverables, get answers from indecisive clients, manage wayward programmers, and use checklists to wow clients. This book is made up of real examples, real lessons, real documents, and real tips woven together into a step-by-step walkthrough of a project's life cycle. Pro Web Project Management is written for both the full-time project manager and the aspiring project manager who might have a role that blends client support, web development, and project management. The project budget sweet spot for this book is $50,000 to $500,000. If you manage a project in this space, reading this book will make you a better project manager. Learn how to manage a modern web project with a budget of $50,000 to $500,000 Get actionable tips on dealing with real project management challenges Learn the simple, defined process—refined over the years—to take simple and complex projects from proposal to successful launch