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Project Management For Mere Mortals®
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The Tools, Techniques, Teaming, and Politics of Project Management
Author: Claudia M. Baca, PMP
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional (June 25, 2007)
Project Management for Mere Mortals (book or video) walks you through the tools and techniques of five project process groups: initiation, planning, execution, monitoring & controlling, and closing. Each chapter is designed to teach you how to start these techniques immediately in your organization by examining each topic with four different focuses: project management tools and techniques, building an effective project team, dealing with organizational politics and finally a case study. The case study will weave all of the chapter topics together into a sample project that progresses throughout every chapter.
Wendi and I have known Claudia for over twenty years, and trust her and like her. But that isn’t why we’re selling her stuff here. The reason why is that Claudia stands out as one of the few project management gurus who actually understands:
- How to articulate the point of a project, and that it’s vital to do so correctly. Lots of time and money – lots! – are wasted because people screw this up.
- How to spell out the authorities project managers need to succeed, even in complex “matrix” environments with “borrowed resources.” There’s a best way to do this, and Claudia describes it.
- How to keep things as simple as possible, but no simpler (borrowing a quotation from Einstein). She can help you tailor the “amount of project management” you use to what you really need.
We have always been proud to call Claudia friend and colleague; now we’re proud to be able to spread a little of her pragmatic wisdom.
Incidentally, Claudia helped author the Project Management Institute’s standards for Organizational Project Management (how organizations should organize so as to be proficient at project management), and she was the first person, globally, to be certified in conducting OPM assessments.
So . . . she knows her way around.
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Really fantastic book.
Depending on how you learn you might want to go with the video version (live lessons PM for Mere Mortals) or vice versa
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For anyone who wants to master project management–from novices to experienced PMs who want to successfully run more complex projects.
Looking for a better way to master today’s rapidly changing programming technologies? Want expert help, but don’t have the time or energy to read a book? Can’t find classroom training worth the money? Discover LiveLessons: self-paced, personal video instruction from the world’s leading technology experts.
- LiveLessons are three-to-four hour video courses, on DVD with a book supplement, that are organized into bite-sized, self-contained lessons–you’ll learn key skills in as little as fifteen minutes!
- Each lesson begins with well-defined learning objectives and ends with comprehensive summaries, which help you track your progress.
- Follow along as your instructor shows how to get results in today’s top development environments.
In this LiveLesson–which contains 7+ hours of hands-on video training–top project management trainer Claudia Baca makes real-world project management simpler and easier than ever before.
Project Management for Mere Mortals® is a comprehensive video training course that teaches key techniques, using a live case study that covers all five process groups of project management: initiation, planning, execution, monitoring/controlling, and closing.
Learn at your own pace and get practical, common-sense help with scoping, scheduling, budgeting, organizing work, building teams, setting quality goals, identifying risks, coping with politics, controlling changes, baselining, ending projects, and much more!
Table of Contents
About the Author ix
Session 1: Setting the Project Management Context 1
Session 2: You’ve Been Assigned a Project! 5
Session 3: How Big Is This Project? 9
Session 4: Creating Product Requirements 13
Session 5: Laying Out the Work 17
Session 6: The Art of Estimating 23
Session 7: Quality—How Good Does It Have to Be? 37
Session 8: Communication—What Do You Think about My Project? 45
Session 9: Risk—What Should You Worry About? 63
Session 10: Creating the Schedule 71
Session 11: Budgeting—How Much? 81
Session 12: The Rhythm of Project Execution 87
Session 13: Keeping the Project on Track 89
Session 14: Controlling Changes 91
Session 15: Success!—Closing the Project 97
Session 16: Building Effective Teams 101
Session 17: Working Project Politics 103