Successful Project Management, Fourth Edition: How to Complete Projects on Time, on Budget, and on Target

  • 3h 38m
  • Michael S. Dobson
  • 2015

Project management is an increasingly essential skill for today’s fast-moving business world—and practitioners are in high demand. Serving as a comprehensive introduction, Successful Project Management, 4th edition covers the fundamentals, focusing on practical tools and techniques students can apply immediately to complete projects on time, on budget, and on target. Packed with proven strategies, the course explains how to clarify objectives, avoid serious errors of omission, and eliminate costly mistakes.

Students will learn how to:

  • Set measurable project objectives and create a practical plan to achieve them
  • Control time, cost, and scope
  • Obtain approval and buy-in from senior management and key stakeholders
  • Create a work breakdown structure to ensure a solid foundation for project activities
  • Use network diagramming to control the project schedule
  • Employ standard estimating techniques, including analogous, parametric, and bottom-up methods
  • Prepare a project plan using progressive elaboration and the Critical Path Method
  • Lead the project team and manage relationships effectively and productively across the spectrum of project stakeholders
  • Identify project risk and manage change
  • Evaluate and report on project performance

Now completely revised and updated, Successful Project Management aligns with the 5th edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), and covers outsourcing and procurement planning, the role of the Project Management Office, the use of three-point estimating and Monte Carlo simulation, earned value management, and much more. Throughout, a case study reinforces key concepts while exercises and review questions provide students the opportunity to strengthen their skills and apply what they’ve learned.

In this Book

  • Successful Project Management, Fourth Edition—How to Complete Projects on Time, on Budget, and on Target
  • About This Course
  • How to Take This Course
  • Pre-Test
  • Understanding Project Management
  • Defining the Project
  • Planning the Activities
  • Estimating the Activities
  • Preparing a Project Plan
  • Managing Risk and Quality
  • Transition to Execution
  • Controlling Time, Cost, and Scope
  • Evaluating and Reporting on Project Performance
  • Answers to Exercises and Case Studies
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography and Recommended Reading
  • Additional Resources
  • Post-Test


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