The Project Management Tool Kit: 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right

The Project Management Tool Kit: 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right

The Project Management Tool Kit: 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right

The Project Management Tool Kit: 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right

Synopsis

Today's projects are more challenging than ever- and project managers need all the help they can get to succeed amid shifting priorities, budget cuts, interruptions, and other obstacles. Now in its third edition, The Project Management Tool Kit is a must-have strategic partner, filled with step-by-step guidance that will enable managers to get complex projects completed on time and on budget. Extensively updated and revised to reflect the latest changes to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), this results-oriented resource offers 100 powerful, practical tips and techniques in areas including:

Scope planning • Schedule development and adjustment • Cost estimating and control • Communications • Defining and using project metrics • Decision making and problem solving • Motivation and leadership • Stakeholder engagement and expectation management • Risk identification and monitoring • Software and technical tools • And much more

Complete with checklists, charts, examples, and tools for easy implementation, this handy guide will help project professionals tackle any challenge that comes their way.

Excerpt

If you are typical of others leading projects today you are very busy. Time pressures, complexity of project work, and lack of sufficient resources make your work challenging and difficult. Successful project management requires you to execute efficiently and well, even in situations where you may have little experience.

As in the previous two editions of The Project Manager’s Tool Kit, this third edition assembles short, easy-to-apply summaries for proven project management practices. The process summaries are arranged alphabetically and numbered in The Project Manager’s Tool Kit. To facilitate skimming, within each process keywords and phrases are in italics, and cross-references to related processes are boldface. These concise summaries will help you to achieve consistently better results in your projects, whether they are big or tiny, lengthy or brief, “agile” or “waterfall,” or anything in between. Novice project leaders will be able to apply the process steps as a roadmap to understand what is necessary in unfamiliar situations. Experienced managers can use the process summaries as a checklist or reminder to ensure that they do not leave out anything essential, especially when a project requires something out of the ordinary.

The Project Manager’s Tool Kit is based on established, practical ideas used by successful project managers in many fields and includes processes from all the areas outlined in the Project Management Institute (PMI) PMBOK Guide, Fifth Edition (2013). This book includes “how-to” guidance crossreferenced with all the elements of the current PMBOK Guide, plus additional topics useful to project leaders. As with a typical reference book, The Project Manager’s Tool Kit is organized alphabetically for quick, random access to process guidance. The purpose of this book is to arrange the fundamental processes of project management in an easy-to use, compact format.

All projects are different, so each will undoubtedly require additional processes beyond those included here to deal with unique challenges and the specifics of the particular project’s domain. While not every project will need all the practices in this book, most will prove useful, particularly after you . . .

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