Getting Started in Project Management (Getting Started In.....) Review

Getting Started in Project Management
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This book is the best I've come across for the occasional project manager.It also contains techniques that even a seasoned project manager will find useful.
For the occasional project manager the authors provide a straightforward and [in my opinion] foolproof approach to planning and managing projects.What I like is the emphasis is on taking the time to properly plan the project, and focus on what is going to be delivered and the quality of the deliverables.While deliverable-based project management is one way to assure a properly planned and managed project too many PMs only discover this basic fact after many projects and not a few disasters.This book brings this technique to the occasional PM and explains it in a manner that makes sense.Deliverable quality is addressed by showing the PM how to develop customer acceptance criteria.This ensures that the stakeholders are getting what they require in a form that can be measured.For anyone who has developed a solution using sketchy requirements only to have the solution rejected, the customer acceptance criteria alone makes this book worthwhile.
For the advanced project manager the method outlined is missing some critical elements, such as earned value project management and a coherent discussion of developing a work breakdown structure.However, these oversights can be overcome by purchasing a book such as Visualizing Project Management, which covers these basics. What is not found in any other project management book I've read (and there are dozens) is the integrated use of common analysis and decision techniques that is the topic of Chapter 11.The approach is based on identification, organization, analysis and selection (choices). These are achieved through affinity diagramming (identification and organization), interrelationship diagraph (analysis and choice), a decision matrix (analysis and choice) and multivoting (analysis and choice).The end result is a thorough analysis and consensus among all project stakeholders for deliverables, acceptance criteria and other aspects of the project.These tools are extended in Appendix D, which briefly, but succinctly, describes the Martin Tate Problem Solving Methodology.
Occasional and advanced project managers alike will benefit from the detailed instructions for managing project changes, the many checklists and tables throughout the book (augmented by well designed illustrations), and the way the authors blend hard project management techniques with people skills.
If you find yourself tasked with managing relatively simple projects this should be the first book to which you turn.If you are a seasoned professional who wants to add some effective skills to your bag of tricks this book will prove to be a wise investment.

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Getting Started in Project Management
Whether working on an international project for a Fortune 500 company or organizing a family reunion, project management is essential to ensure timely and efficient completion of any project. Using their CORE Project Management™ methodology (Collaborative, Open architecture, Results-oriented, Easy-to-use), management consultants Paula Martin and Karen Tate provide a solid foundation for anyone looking to learn or enhance their project management skills.
This easy-to-follow and highly accessible guide introduces the four phases of project management-project initiation, planning, execution, and closeout-and what it takes to successfully complete each phase. Besides outlining the project management process, this book teaches you how to utilize the tools that drive it. From using an issue list for planning to creating an effective project team, Getting Started in Project Management provides proven methods for executing any project that comes your way. Quickly learn:

    The seven keys to project management success -
    Different approaches to the process: directive or participatory project management -
    How to assess risk and avoid pitfalls by identifying them early on -
    Scheduling and budgeting techniques that will keep your project on time and on the money -

Project management is a valuable component of both professional and personal life. Take this opportunity to improve your skill set with guidance from the most respected individuals in the field.

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