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Understanding Project Management
A Practical Guide
Many books for introductory project management courses are written with heavy detail and are designed for experienced project managers running large-scale projects. In this slim guide, skilled expert Dave C. Barrett prepares students to manage projects with a “let’s walk before we run” approach, offering the perfect amount of detail for students new to the field who are lacking practical project experience. Learning only the most critical project management concepts and processes, students are taken through an ongoing case study that follows a moderately sized project from its initiation to completion.
This new book offers the actual project management documents produced during the case study and will equip readers with a solid understanding of why each of the processes are used, why the decisions are made, and how the pieces of project management fit together. Suitable for any discipline or industry, Understanding Project Management promises to be a light, engaging, and quick read.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction and the Initiating Phase
Chapter 1: Understanding the Project Environment
Chapter 2: Starting the Project
Part II: The Planning Phase
Chapter 3: Stakeholder Planning
Chapter 4: Scope Planning
Chapter 5: Schedule Planning
Chapter 6: Budget Planning
Chapter 7: Project Team Planning
Chapter 8: Quality Planning
Chapter 9: Risk Planning
Chapter 10: Communications Planning
Part III: The Executing Phase
Chapter 11: Executing the Plan
Chapter 12: Managing Disruptions to the Plan: Issues and Change
Chapter 13: Managing the Human Resources Aspects of the Project
Chapter 14: Reporting the Status of the Project
Part IV: Project Procurement and the Closing Phase
Chapter 15: Project Procurement
Chapter 16: Closing the Project
Part V: Agile Project Management
Chapter 17: An Overview of Agile Project Management
Appendix: The Case Study Project Management Documents