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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management, 2nd Edition

by: Horine

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Publisher: QUE,08.05.09

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ISBN: 078973821X
ISBN13: 9780789738219

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Features and Benefits


Fun, easy-to-read, and practical: the perfect tutorial and reference for every first-time project manager!
# Teaches crucial concepts and techniques new project managers can utilize with any project, in any environment, using any tool
# The closest thing to having one's own personal project management mentor and coach!
# Includes an all-new section on accelerating the learning curve: techniques, tools, scenarios, and hot topics for becoming an effective project manager even faster

Table of Contents




About This Book


Who Should Read This Book?


How This Book Is Organized


Conventions Used in This Book





Chapter 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


Chapter 2

The Project Manager


One Title, Many Roles


Key Skills of Project Managers


Qualities of Successful Project Managers


15 Common Mistakes of Project Managers


Chapter 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





Chapter 4

Defining a Project


Setting the Stage for Success


How Does Defining a Project Relate to Project Planning?


Project Definition Document


Project Definition Checklist


Chapter 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


Chapter 6

Developing the Work Breakdown Structure


What Is a WBS Exactly?


Why Is the WBS Important?


The Process of Building a WBS


Chapter 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


Chapter 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


Chapter 9

Determining the Project Budget


The Impact of the Project Budget


Principles of an Effective Budget


Creating a Project Budget


Common Budget Challenges





Chapter 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


Chapter 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


Chapter 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


Chapter 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


Chapter 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?


Chapter 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





Chapter 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


Chapter 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


Chapter 18

Managing Expectations


Value of Reviewing Stakeholder Expectation Management


Critical Aspects of Expectations


Seven Master Principles of Expectation Management


Essential Elements of Managing Expectations


Chapter 19

Keys to Better Project Team Performance


High-Performing Teams


Ten Key Principles


Proven Techniques


Special Situations


Chapter 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


Chapter 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


Chapter 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





Chapter 23

Making Better Use of Microsoft Project


Understand This ...and It All Becomes Easier


Need-to-Know Features


New Project Best Practices


Keys to Making Resource Leveling Work


Powerful Reporting Secrets


More Insights to a Better Project Schedule


Chapter 24

When Reality Happens


What If I'm in a Project Management "Lite" Culture?


What If I Can't Develop a Detailed Schedule?


What If I Must Manage to a Hard Milestone Date?


What If I Have Difficult Resources?


What Can I Do About Turnover?


Tips for Managing a Selection Process


Tips for Managing a Testing Process


Chapter 25

Intriguing Project Management Concepts and Topics


Agile Approaches


Project Management Offices


Portfolio Project Management


Governance Processes


Critical Chain Project Management


Web-Based Project Management Software


Mind Mapping Tools


Value of Certifications


Project Management Training







As organizations continue to move toward "project-based" management to get more done with fewer resources, and as the demand for effective project managers continues to grow, more and more individuals find themselves with the opportunity to manage projects for the first time.

In an ideal world, every new project manager candidate would complete certified project management training programs and serve as an apprentice before starting his or her first project manager opportunity, but...this is the real world. In many cases, a quicker, more accessible, and more economical alternative is needed to guide these candidates in managing projects successfully the first time.

The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management, Second Edition, is intended to provide this alternative with a helpful, fun, and informative style.
About This Book

Let's review the objectives and approach of this book.

The objectives of this book include the following:

  * To be an easy-to-use tutorial and reference resource for any person managing their first project(s).

  * To teach the key concepts and fundamentals behind project management techniques. If these are understood, they can be applied effectively independent of toolset, environment, or industry.

  * To reduce the "on-the-job" learning curve by sharing the traits of successful projects and "lessons learned" from less-than-successful projects.

  * To balance the breadth of topics covered with adequate depth in specific areas to best prepare a new project manager.

  * To review the skills and qualities of effective project managers.

  * To emphasize the importance of project "leadership" versus just project "management."


Consistent with the Absolute Beginner's Guide series, this book uses a teaching style to review the essential techniques and skills needed to successfully manage a project. By teaching style, we intend the following:

  * A mentoring, coaching style.

  * A fun, easy-to-read, practical style.

  * Assumes that the reader does not have previous hands-on experience with project management.

  * Teaches the material as if an instructor were physically present.

  * Task-oriented, logically ordered, self-contained lessons (chapters) that can be read and comprehended in a short period of time (15-30 minutes).

  * Emphasis on understanding the principle behind the technique or practice.

  * Teaches the material independent of specific tools and methodologies.

  * Teaches the material with the assumption that the reader does not have access to organizational templates or methodologies.

  * Provides a summary map of the main ideas covered at the end of each chapter. Research has shown that this type of "mind-map" approach can drive better memory recollection when compared to traditional linear summary approaches.

  Out-of-Scope - The scope of this book is clearly outlined in the table of contents, but as we will cover later, it is always good to review what is out of scope to ensure understanding of the scope boundaries. Because the field of project management is extremely broad, and we needed to draw the line somewhere, this book focuses on the proper management of a single project. As a result, the following advanced project management subjects are not covered in this book:

          * Program management

          * Enterprise portfolio management

          * Enterprise resource management

          * Advanced project risk management topics

          * Advanced project quality management topics

          * Advanced project procurement management topics

Who Should Read This Book?

The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management, Second Edition, is recommended for any person who fits into one or more of the following categories:

  * Individuals unsatisfied with other introductory project management books

  * Individuals new to project management, such as

              o Technologists

              o Knowledge workers

              o Students

              o Functional managers

  * Professionals taking a first project management assignment, such as

              o Team leaders

              o Project coordinators

              o Project administrators

              o Project support

              o Functional managers

  * Experienced project managers needing a refresher course

  * Experienced project managers with limited formal project management education

How This Book Is Organized

This book has been divided into five parts:

  * Part I, "Project Management Jumpstart," sets up the general framework for our project management discussion and accelerates your project management learning curve, including an insightful review of successful projects and project managers.

  * Part II, "Project Planning," reviews the processes that establish the foundation for your project.

  * Part III, "Project Control," reviews the processes that allow you to effectively monitor, track, correct, and protect your project's performance.

  * Part IV, "Project Execution," reviews the key leadership and people-focused skills that you need to meet today's business demands.

  * Part V, "Accelerating the Learning Curve...Even More," provides experienced insights and tips on making better use of MS Project, managing specific real-life project situations, and on many hot project management topics to further accelerate the knowledge base and skill level of the new project manager.

Conventions Used in This Book

  * At the beginning of each chapter, you'll find a quick overview of the major topics that will be expounded upon as you read through the material that follows.

  * The end of each chapter provides a list of key points along with a visual summary map.

  * You will also find several special sidebars used throughout this book:

  Note - These boxes highlight specific learning points or provide supporting information to the current topic.

  Tip - These boxes highlight specific techniques or recommendations that could be helpful to most project managers.

  Caution - These boxes highlight specific warnings that a project manager should be aware of.

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About the Authors


Gregory M Horine (Indianapolis, IN) is a PMP/CCP-certified business technology and IT project management professional who has achieved nineteen years of successful results across multiple industries through the use of servant leadership principles. His primary areas of expertise and strength include project management and leadership; complex application development; enterprise solution development; business process analysis and improvement; data analysis and transformation; package implementation and integration; vendor and procurement management; regulatory and process compliance; and the effective use of project management tools. He is co-author of PMP Exam Cram 2.