Fundamentals of Project Management

Fundamentals of Project Management

Fundamentals of Project Management

Fundamentals of Project Management

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Like many things in life, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Interest in project management remains fairly high, though there has been some decline in recent years. However, the practice of project management remains questionable, as project failures continue to be almost as numerous as they were when the first and second editions of this book were published.

It is one thing to talk about project management and an entirely different thing to do it. It seems to me there are a lot of talkers out there but not many do-ers.

This year, 2006, marks my 25th anniversary as a project manager instructor and consultant. I have personally trained over 30,000 individuals in project management. Yet my guess is that less than ten percent of them actually practice what they learned. There are many reasons, but the foremost is probably that the organization does not support them in practicing formal project management. In the United States, and perhaps in many other countries, there is a preference for action rather than planning. We just want to get the job done, and planning is often viewed as a waste of time.

This is not true, but it is the perception. In fact, one hour spent . . .

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