Contemporary organisations proliferate with projects. Managing projects, working with project managers and delivering project excellence have become fundamental skills in the world of business, resulting in an array of approaches, tools and techniques that can bewilder. This shortform text homes in on the absolute essential elements of the field. With practical insights throughout, the book provides readers with a concise understanding of key concepts, techniques and outcomes such as ownership, execution, success, quality, budgets and risks. Features include essential summaries and expert guides to further reading. Authored by an experienced project and change management practitioner, consultant and educator, this unique resource will be essential reading for students of project management looking to excel in employment.
This Focus book presents the basic principles and practice of project management and simple analytics for project control, using the systems framework of Design, Evaluation, Justification, and Integration (DEJI). The overriding theme of the book is that every pursuit can be organized as a project. This short form book presents the evolution of products in the classical era of introducing new projects needing project management. It discusses the development of project alliances, includes the role of project management in advancing organization goals, illustrates the early applications of project management, and includes humans in the loop. The book will also cover project systems and work design, while showing the integration of quantitative and qualitative analytics. This book can serve as a reference for everyone, since everyone is engaged in project management, whether formal or informal
This no-nonsense guide to social intelligence for project managers gives you a step-by-step process for building a bulletproof project team--no matter what gaps exist in personality, geography, culture, or communication style. High-performing teams don't happen by magic. You need processes that are designed in a socially intelligent way if your team is going to overcome the modern world's tough challenges with coordination. To be a star project manager, you have to communicate with people in their individual learning styles, provide accountability in ways that won't be demotivating, and run meetings and minutes that people won't tune out. Your processes must be constructed in ways that respect the complex realities of social dynamics step by step. You have to know your team before you can motivate them, and you have to motivate them before you can manage them. In this book are foolproof techniques to make sure your team connects with you, each other, and everyone they need to get the job done. After all, a team should be more than the sum of its parts--and it's up to the project manager to provide the glue that holds it all together.
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