The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, Fifth Edition

  • 9h 7m
  • Eric Verzuh
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2016

The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management is the comprehensive guide to real-world project management methods, tools, and techniques. Practical, easy-to-use, and deeply thorough, this book gives you answers you need now. You'll find the cutting-edge ideas and hard-won wisdom of one of the field's leading experts, delivered in short, lively segments that address common management issues. Brief descriptions of important concepts, tips on real-world applications, and compact case studies illustrate the most sought-after skills and the pitfalls you should watch out for. This new fifth edition features new case studies, new information on engaging stakeholders, change management, new guidance on using Agile techniques, and new content that integrates current events and trends in the project management sphere.

Project management is a complex role, with seemingly conflicting demands that must be coordinated into a single, overarching, executable strategy — all within certain time, resource, and budget constraints. This book shows you how to get it all together and get it done, with expert guidance every step of the way.

  • Navigate complex management issues effectively
  • Master key concepts and real-world applications
  • Learn from case studies of today's leading experts
  • Keep your project on track, on time, and on budget

From finding the right sponsor to clarifying objectives to setting a realistic schedule and budget projection, all across different departments, executive levels, or technical domains, project management incorporates a wide range of competencies. The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management shows you what you need to know, the best way to do it, and what to watch out for along the way.

About the Author

Eric Verzuh (Seattle, WA) is President of the Versatile Company. He and his team have spent over twenty years improving project results for all kinds of organizations, including such major corporations as Adobe Systems, Inc., The Boeing Company, GE Capital, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Nordstrom.

See his free monthly webinars by visiting his website,

He is certified by the Project Management Institute.

In this Book

  • Forms Available Online
  • Project Management—A Platform for Innovation
  • Foundation Principles of Project Management
  • Build Great Products—Lessons from Agile, Lean Start-up, and Stage-Gate
  • Project Initiation—Turning a Problem or Opportunity into a Project
  • Know Your Key Stakeholders and Win Their Cooperation
  • Write the Rules—Key Documents to Manage Expectations and Define Success
  • Risk Management—Minimize the Threats to Your Project
  • Work Breakdown Structure—Break Your Project into Manageable Units of Work
  • Realistic Scheduling
  • Managing Agile Development with Scrum
  • The Art and Science of Accurate Estimating
  • Balancing the Trade-off among Cost, Schedule, and Quality
  • Building a High-Performance Project Team
  • Clear Communication among Project Stakeholders
  • Control Scope to Deliver Value
  • Measuring Progress
  • Solving Common Project Problems
  • Enterprise Project Management—Coordinate All Projects and Project Resources in Your Organization
  • Requirements Engineering—The Key to Building the Right Product
  • Project Portfolio Management—Align Project Resources with Business Strategy
  • PMP Exam Preparation
  • Microsoft Project—Guidelines for Effective Use
  • Notes