Succeed as a project manager, even if youâve never run a project before! This book is the fastest way to master every project management task, from upfront budgeting and scheduling through execution, managing teams through closing projects, and learning from experience. Updated with more insights from the front lines, including agile approaches, dealing with security and privacy priorities, and leading remote/virtual teams, along with the latest on Microsoft Project and PMI standards and certifications and a special bonus chapter on preparing for the PMP certification. This book will show you exactly how to get the job done, one incredibly clear and easy step at a time. Project management has never, ever been this simple!
Who knew how simple project management could be?
This is todayâs best beginnerâs guide to modern project managementâ¦ simple, practical instructions for succeeding with every task youâll need to perform! Hereâs a small sample of what youâll learn:
â¢ Master the key skills and qualities every project manager needs
â¢ Lead projects, donât just âmanageâ them
â¢ Avoid 15 most common mistakes new project managers make
â¢ Learn from troubled, successful, and ârecoveredâ projects
â¢ Set the stage for success by effectively defining your project
â¢ Build a usable project plan and an accurate work breakdown structure (WBS)
â¢ Create budgets and schedules that help you manage risk
â¢ Use powerful control and reporting techniques, including earned value management
â¢ Smoothly manage project changes, issues, risks, deliverables, and quality
â¢ Manage project communications and stakeholder expectations
â¢ Organize and lead high-performance project teams
â¢ Manage cross-functional, cross-cultural, and virtual projects
â¢ Work successfully with vendors and Project Management Offices
â¢ Make the most of Microsoft Project and new web-based alternatives
â¢ Get started with agile and âcritical chainâ project management
â¢ Gain key insights that will accelerate your learning curve
â¢ Know how to respond to real-life situations, not just what they teach you in school
In today's time-crunched, cost-conscious global business environment, tight project deadlines and stringent expectations are the norm. So how can you juggle all the skills and responsibilities it takes to shine as a project management maven? Updated in a brand-new edition, Project Management For Dummies offers everything you need to successfully manage projects from start to finishâwithout ever dropping the ball.
Written by a well-known project management expert, this hands-on guide takes the perplexity out of being a successful PM, laying out all the steps to take your organizational, planning, and execution skills to new heights. Whether it's managing distressed projects, embracing the use of social media to drive efficiency and improve socialization, or resolving conflicts that occur during a project, the soup-to-nuts guidance inside will help you wear your project management hat more prominentlyâand proudly.
It's never been easier to execute projects on time, on budget, and with maximum efficiency.
"This book will soon become a widely accepted standard on how to deliver a successful project on time and on budget in any industry."Â (John Garahan, vice president, global delivery, Broadridge Financial Solutions)
Successful project managers must engage and motivate others to achieve complex goals.
Ruth Pearce shows how behavior, language, and attitudes affect engagement and how leveraging character strengths can help improve relationships, increase innovation, and build higher-functioning teams. This focus on character strengths - such as bravery, curiosity, fairness, gratitude, and humor - can help project managers recognize and cultivate the things that are best in themselves and others.
Many project managers do not have the authority to direct the activities of people on their teams - they can only influence them. The most influential people succeed by focusing less on themselves and their message and more on others. They pay attention; they are brave; they are vulnerable; they are curious, and they look for and acknowledge the things that are important about, and to, the other person. And they model the behavior that they want to see. This book tells you how.
Pearce provides tools and frameworks for building a culture of appreciation, understanding character strengths, mapping leadership qualities, understanding learning styles, identifying team roles, and executing plans. She also explores the factors that contribute to conflict and tensions as well as strategies for getting through difficult times. We see these tools and techniques in action through "Maggie", a project manager who is struggling to motivate her team. Each chapter concludes with reflective questions to make the ideas stick and with key strategies for success.
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