The Project Management Question and Answer Book

The Project Management Question and Answer Book

The Project Management Question and Answer Book

The Project Management Question and Answer Book

Synopsis

What is a project charter? How about a work breakdown structure? Do you know the basic steps behind risk quantification? And why is it important to be acquainted with Goldratt's critical chain theory?

The Project Management Question and Answer Book is a one-stop reference that both beginning and experienced project managers will use in countless on-the-job situations. Providingthe answers to critical questions, from the simplest to the most advanced, the book is arranged to get you the information you need the moment you need it. You'll find helpful explanations of crucial project management issues, including:

• Why PM is useful to you and your organization

• How to interact with project stakeholders to maximize productivity

• How to establish realistic cost, schedule, and scope baselines

• What management techniques can be used to motivate teams

• What methods you can use for evaluating project team performance

Packed with case studies and examples, The Project Management Question and Answer Book is an indispensable guide covering everything from estimates, quality control, and communications, to time-, risk-, and human resource management. It is a practical, constantly usable resource for understanding fundamental project management issues and implementing workable solutions.

Excerpt

What is a project?

“A project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to provide a unique product or service.” This is the definition from the 2000 edition of The Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

Projects are different from production work because all projects have a beginning and an end. Production work is generally ongoing for long periods of time and does not have a definite starting and stopping point; many production operations take place during the course of producing goods or services. Since projects provide at least a somewhat unique product or service, they must have a beginning and an end. Production work and project work both consume resources and produce products or services. They both cost money and require planning to be done successfully.

Projects can be literally any size. A project can be designed to do something quite small, such as painting the front door on a house. Projects can also be quite large and involve thousands of people and millions of dollars. Projects can take place at any and all levels of an organization and may take place completely within a small part of the organization or include nearly all of a very large organization. The amount of time can vary from a few hours or days to several years.

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