Home > Store

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management

Register your product to gain access to bonus material or receive a coupon.

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management

Premium Website

  • Sorry, this book is no longer in print.
Not for Sale

About

Features

  • Proven Absolute Beginners Guide “teaching” style—Friendly, highly accessible, step-by-step coverage focused on the topics students need most.
    • Helps students master the essence of real-world project management without ever getting lost in complexity.

  • Coverage of the entire project lifecycle—Walks students through planning, scheduling, budgeting, building teams, gaining buy-in and commitment; reporting progress, managing change, project delivery, and successfully ending a project.
    • Helps students understand how all stages of a project fit together, and how to handle every step from planning through post mortems.

  • Coverage of cross-functional, cross-department, and inter-organizational projects—Discusses virtual teams, multi-vendor projects, outsourced projects, and other complex project arrangements.
    • Reflects the increasingly diverse project structures that students will actually encounter in the real world.

  • Lessons learned from real-world projects—Shows what successful projects have in common, and teaches lessons from actual successful and failed projects.
    • Gives students practical insights that can help them anticipate and avoid problems, and position themselves for success in their very first projects.

  • Strong coverage of project control and risk management—Contains a full chapter on risk management as well as detailed coverage of using Earned Value to control projects.
    • Prepares students to address the risk control and financial issues at the heart of contemporary project management.

  • Insight into managing multi-cultural and geographically diverse teams—Prepares students for the realities of project management in todays global enterprise, where projects often bring together team members from around the world.
    • Helps students manage teams with diverse backgrounds and experiences, including teams spread across diverse locations.

  • Practical tips and techniques—Includes tips and techniques throughout, as well as a full chapter on dealing with common project challenges.
    • Gives students the expert insights they would otherwise have to learn through lengthy trial and error.

  • Introduction to Microsoft Project—Presents the basics of using Microsoft Project, the worlds de facto standard project management tool.
    • Gives students a head-start in using the worlds leading project management software to support their projects.

Description

  • Copyright 2005
  • Edition: 1st
  • Premium Website
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-3197-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3197-5

A new edition of this title is available, ISBN-10: 078973821X ISBN-13: 9780789738219

You've just been handed your department's biggest project and you probably aren't sure where to even begin. Whether you have 6 months or 6 weeks to complete it, being an effective project manager can make all the difference to the end result. Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management can help you quickly become an effective and efficient project manager when time matters most. Through topics such as "building a project budget and schedule" to "managing vendors," this book will guide you through what works and what doesn't based on tried and true practices. Your learning will be focused on the skills and qualities of effective project managers, leadership styles and project trends, including information technology, outsourcing and virtual teams. Let Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management help you take your project from start to finish.

 

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapters

Essential Elements for Any Successful Project

Essential Elements for Managing Any Successful Project

Downloadable Sample Chapter

Download the sample chapter

Table of Contents

Introduction.

    About This Book.

    Who Should Read This Book?

    How This Book Is Organized.

    Conventions Used in This Book.

I. PROJECT MANAGEMENT JUMPSTART.

1. Project Management Overview.

    What Is Project Management...Exactly?

    What Is the Value of Project Management?

    Why Are Projects Challenging?

    Growing Demand for Effective Project Managers? 

    Trends in Project Management.

2. The Project Manager.

    One Title, Many Roles.

    Key Skills of Project Managers.

    Qualities of Successful Project Managers.

    15 Common Mistakes of Project Managers.

3. Essential Elements for Any Successful Project.

    What Exactly Is a "Successful" Project?

    Learning from Troubled Projects.

    Learning from Successful Projects.

    Essential Project Manager Toolkit.

II. PROJECT PLANNING.

4. Defining a Project.

    Setting the Stage for Success.

    How Does Defining a Project Relate to Project Planning?

    Project Definition Document.

    Project Definition Checklist.

5. Planning a Project.

    Key Project Planning Principles.

    Important Questions Project Planning Should Answer.

    Building a Project Plan.

    Summary of Supplemental Project Plan Components.

    Project Plan Checklist.

6. Developing the Work Breakdown Structure.

    What Is a WBS Exactly? 

    Why Is the WBS Important?

    The Process of Building a WBS.

7. Estimating the Work.

    Next Step in the Schedule Development Process.

    Managing the Risk, Managing the Estimates.

    Reasons for Estimating Woes.

    Powerful Estimating Techniques and Methods.

    Best Practices.

8. Developing the Project Schedule.

    The Impact of the Project Schedule.

    The Goal of the Schedule Development Process.

    Key Inputs for Building a Schedule.

    Creating a Schedule.

9. Determining the Project Budget.

    The Impact of the Project Budget.

    Principles of an Effective Budget.

    Creating a Project Budget.

    Common Budget Challenges.

III. PROJECT CONTROL.

10. Controlling a Project.

    What Is Project Control? 

    Management Fundamentals for Project Control.

    Powerful Techniques for Project Control.

    Performance Reporting.

    Variance Responses.

    Leveraging Earned Value Management Concepts.

    Common Project Control Challenges.

    Lessons from Project Recoveries.

11. Managing Project Changes.

    What Exactly Is a Project Change and What's the Big Deal Anyway?

    Fundamentals for Managing Project Change.

    What Causes Unplanned Scope Changes? 

    Essential Elements of a Project Change Control System.

    Powerful Techniques for Minimizing Project Changes.

    Common Project Change Control Challenges.

12. Managing Project Deliverables.

     "Managing Project Deliverables" Means What Exactly? 

    Why Do This? It's Too Much Work.

    Identify, Protect, and Track: The Principles of Managing Work Products.

    Best Practices.

    Configuration Management Plan.

    Common Challenges and Pitfalls.

13. Managing Project Issues.

    The Goals, Objectives, and Principles of Project Issue Management.

    Key Features of Issue Management System.

    Options for Issue Log.

    Best Practices.

    Some Special Situations.

14. Managing Project Risks.

    Key Risk Management Principles.

    The Essential Process for Managing Project Risks.

    The Common Sources of Project Risk.

    Typical Problems.

    Powerful Risk Control Strategies.

    Are You Sure It's a Risk?

15. Managing Project Quality.

    What Is "Project Quality"?

    Unique Aspects of Managing Project Quality.

    Principles of Managing Project Quality.

    Powerful Tools and Techniques for Project Quality.

    Powerful Quality Strategies.

    Typical Quality-Related Challenges.

IV. PROJECT EXECUTION.

16. Leading a Project.

    More Than Managing.

    Where Is Leadership Needed on a Project?

    Twelve Keys to Better Project Leadership.

    Power of Servant Leadership Approach.

17. Managing Project Communications.

    What Are Project Communications?

    The Importance of Project Communications.

    Why Communicating Can Be Tough.

    Seven Powerful Principles.

    Best Practices of Effective Project Communicators.

18. Managing Expectations.

    Value of Reviewing Stakeholder Expectation Management.

    Critical Aspects of Expectations.

    Seven Master Principles of Expectation Management.

    Essential Elements of Managing Expectations.

19. Keys to Better Project Team Performance.

    High-Performing Teams.

    Ten Key Principles.

    Proven Techniques.

    Special Situations.

20. Managing Differences.

    Five Key Principles.

    Proven Techniques for Leading Cross-Functional Projects.

    Proven Techniques for Leading Cross-Cultural Projects.

    Proven Techniques for Leading Virtual Projects.

21. Managing Vendors.

    First, Let's Clarify a Few Terms.

    Ten Proven Principles of Vendor Management.

    Twelve Tips for Buyers.

    Seven Tips for Sellers.

    Twelve Key Project Management Skills for Better Vendor Management.

    Stuff You Need to Know About Contracts.

22. Ending a Project.

    Three Key Principles.

    Project End Checklist-13 Important Steps.

    Common Project Closing Challenges.

    Methods for Ending a Contract or a Project.

Index.


Index

Download the Index

Introduction

Download the Introduction

Updates

Submit Errata

More Information

InformIT Promotional Mailings & Special Offers

I would like to receive exclusive offers and hear about products from InformIT and its family of brands. I can unsubscribe at any time.

Overview


Pearson Education, Inc., 221 River Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, (Pearson) presents this site to provide information about products and services that can be purchased through this site.

This privacy notice provides an overview of our commitment to privacy and describes how we collect, protect, use and share personal information collected through this site. Please note that other Pearson websites and online products and services have their own separate privacy policies.

Collection and Use of Information


To conduct business and deliver products and services, Pearson collects and uses personal information in several ways in connection with this site, including:

Questions and Inquiries

For inquiries and questions, we collect the inquiry or question, together with name, contact details (email address, phone number and mailing address) and any other additional information voluntarily submitted to us through a Contact Us form or an email. We use this information to address the inquiry and respond to the question.

Online Store

For orders and purchases placed through our online store on this site, we collect order details, name, institution name and address (if applicable), email address, phone number, shipping and billing addresses, credit/debit card information, shipping options and any instructions. We use this information to complete transactions, fulfill orders, communicate with individuals placing orders or visiting the online store, and for related purposes.

Surveys

Pearson may offer opportunities to provide feedback or participate in surveys, including surveys evaluating Pearson products, services or sites. Participation is voluntary. Pearson collects information requested in the survey questions and uses the information to evaluate, support, maintain and improve products, services or sites, develop new products and services, conduct educational research and for other purposes specified in the survey.

Contests and Drawings

Occasionally, we may sponsor a contest or drawing. Participation is optional. Pearson collects name, contact information and other information specified on the entry form for the contest or drawing to conduct the contest or drawing. Pearson may collect additional personal information from the winners of a contest or drawing in order to award the prize and for tax reporting purposes, as required by law.

Newsletters

If you have elected to receive email newsletters or promotional mailings and special offers but want to unsubscribe, simply email information@informit.com.

Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account information. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone in accordance with the users' wishes when a user submits their information through our Contact Us form.

Other Collection and Use of Information


Application and System Logs

Pearson automatically collects log data to help ensure the delivery, availability and security of this site. Log data may include technical information about how a user or visitor connected to this site, such as browser type, type of computer/device, operating system, internet service provider and IP address. We use this information for support purposes and to monitor the health of the site, identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents and appropriately scale computing resources.

Web Analytics

Pearson may use third party web trend analytical services, including Google Analytics, to collect visitor information, such as IP addresses, browser types, referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. While these analytical services collect and report information on an anonymous basis, they may use cookies to gather web trend information. The information gathered may enable Pearson (but not the third party web trend services) to link information with application and system log data. Pearson uses this information for system administration and to identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents, appropriately scale computing resources and otherwise support and deliver this site and its services.

Cookies and Related Technologies

This site uses cookies and similar technologies to personalize content, measure traffic patterns, control security, track use and access of information on this site, and provide interest-based messages and advertising. Users can manage and block the use of cookies through their browser. Disabling or blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of this site.

Do Not Track

This site currently does not respond to Do Not Track signals.

Security


Pearson uses appropriate physical, administrative and technical security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.

Children


This site is not directed to children under the age of 13.

Marketing


Pearson may send or direct marketing communications to users, provided that

  • Pearson will not use personal information collected or processed as a K-12 school service provider for the purpose of directed or targeted advertising.
  • Such marketing is consistent with applicable law and Pearson's legal obligations.
  • Pearson will not knowingly direct or send marketing communications to an individual who has expressed a preference not to receive marketing.
  • Where required by applicable law, express or implied consent to marketing exists and has not been withdrawn.

Pearson may provide personal information to a third party service provider on a restricted basis to provide marketing solely on behalf of Pearson or an affiliate or customer for whom Pearson is a service provider. Marketing preferences may be changed at any time.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information


If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your postal address or email address), we provide a way to correct or update that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done on the Account page. If a user no longer desires our service and desires to delete his or her account, please contact us at customer-service@informit.com and we will process the deletion of a user's account.

Choice/Opt-out


Users can always make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with certain services offered by InformIT. If you choose to remove yourself from our mailing list(s) simply visit the following page and uncheck any communication you no longer want to receive: www.informit.com/u.aspx.

Sale of Personal Information


Pearson does not rent or sell personal information in exchange for any payment of money.

While Pearson does not sell personal information, as defined in Nevada law, Nevada residents may email a request for no sale of their personal information to NevadaDesignatedRequest@pearson.com.

Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents


California residents should read our Supplemental privacy statement for California residents in conjunction with this Privacy Notice. The Supplemental privacy statement for California residents explains Pearson's commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site and the Services.

Sharing and Disclosure


Pearson may disclose personal information, as follows:

  • As required by law.
  • With the consent of the individual (or their parent, if the individual is a minor)
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law
  • To protect the security and safety of individuals, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law
  • In connection the sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of its company or assets, subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice
  • To investigate or address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities
  • To exercise its legal rights, including enforcement of the Terms of Use for this site or another contract
  • To affiliated Pearson companies and other companies and organizations who perform work for Pearson and are obligated to protect the privacy of personal information consistent with this Privacy Notice
  • To a school, organization, company or government agency, where Pearson collects or processes the personal information in a school setting or on behalf of such organization, company or government agency.

Links


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personal Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Requests and Contact


Please contact us about this Privacy Notice or if you have any requests or questions relating to the privacy of your personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Notice


We may revise this Privacy Notice through an updated posting. We will identify the effective date of the revision in the posting. Often, updates are made to provide greater clarity or to comply with changes in regulatory requirements. If the updates involve material changes to the collection, protection, use or disclosure of Personal Information, Pearson will provide notice of the change through a conspicuous notice on this site or other appropriate way. Continued use of the site after the effective date of a posted revision evidences acceptance. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Privacy Notice or any objection to any revisions.

Last Update: November 17, 2020