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Project Management For Dummies, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-49713-5
408 pages
April 2013
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Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Project Management 7

Chapter 1: Project Management: The Key to Achieving Results 9

Chapter 2: Knowing Your Project’s Audience: Involving the Right People 29

Chapter 3: Clarifying What You’re Trying to Accomplish — And Why 51

Chapter 4: Developing Your Game Plan: Getting from Here to There 77

Part II: Planning Time: Determining

When and How Much 105

Chapter 5: You Want This Project Done When? 107

Chapter 6: Establishing Whom You Need, How Much, and When 143

Chapter 7: Planning for Other Resources and Developing the Budget 165

Chapter 8: Venturing into the Unknown: Dealing with Risk 177

Part III: Group Work: Putting Your Team Together 197

Chapter 9: Aligning the Key Players for Your Project 199

Chapter 10: Defi ning Team Members’ Roles and Responsibilities 213

Chapter 11: Starting Your Project Team Off on the Right Foot 235

Part IV: Steering the Ship: Managing Your Project to Success 255

Chapter 12: Tracking Progress and Maintaining Control 257

Chapter 13: Keeping Everyone Informed 281

Chapter 14: Encouraging Peak Performance by Providing Effective Leadership 301

Chapter 15: Bringing Your Project to Closure 315

Part V: Taking Your Project Management to the Next Level 327

Chapter 16: Using Technology to Enhance Project Planning and Management 329

Chapter 17: Monitoring Project Performance with Earned Value Management 343

Part VI: The Part of Tens 359

Chapter 18: Ten Questions to Ask Yourself as You Plan Your Project 361

Chapter 19: Ten Tips for Being a Better Project Manager 365

Appendix: Combining the Techniques into

Smooth-Flowing Processes 369

Index 373

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