Modern Project Management: Successfully Integrating Project Management Knowledge Areas and Processes

Modern Project Management: Successfully Integrating Project Management Knowledge Areas and Processes

Modern Project Management: Successfully Integrating Project Management Knowledge Areas and Processes

Modern Project Management: Successfully Integrating Project Management Knowledge Areas and Processes

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The purpose of this book is to describe how some of the most talented modern project managers manage projects, why they do it the way they do, and what types of computer tools they use to do it. Included with this book is a project management toolset called Modern Project that provides tools for doing all the project management tasks discussed in this book. It can be installed on a personal computer and used to help you learn about project management or to manage real-world projects.

While project management is practiced as a sophisticated profession in some companies, it is still, unfortunately, misunderstood in others. Even where project management is practiced professionally, the theory behind it is often misunderstood, causing it to be practiced mechanically, rather than artistically. Modern project managers need sound management skills, as they always have. But the current generation of project managers requires theoretical and technical skills that were virtually unknown not long ago and that are continually growing more complex.

A significant percentage of project managers currently use technical tools in much the same way that professional investors use technical tools. Both of these professions have wellknown performance measures that are used day in and day out to assist in making decisions regarding how to employ their resources. Just as two different investors using the same technical tools can get radically different results, two different project . . .

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