The Principles of Project Management (SitePoint: Project Management)
By Meri Williams
Publisher: SitePoint
Final Release Date: March 2008
Pages: 224

The Principles of Project Management lays out clear steps that anyone can follow to get projects done right, and delivered on time.

This full color book covers:

  • Why Project Management is important
  • The 6 fundamental truths of project management
  • Getting started: Discovering, Initiating, Planning and Resourcing a project
  • Getting the Job Done: Executing and controlling
  • Keeping it Smooth: Communication, collaboration and managing change
  • Following through: Ongoing support and maintenance, measuring operational success
  • Resources: Review of various tools, recommended reading, professional resources for project management

    Short, and to the point, this book aims to do to provide a solid foundation for anyone who finds themselves responsible for executing projects.

    From the Back Cover

    Every project you manage will be unique. Scope, budgets, team dynamics, and timeframes will differ. As a project manager, the most important factor in achieving project success will be your understanding of The Principles Of Project Management.

    This book will show you that project management isn't rocket science: using the information contained in this book, you'll deliver projects on time and on budget, again and again.

    With The Principles Of Project Management you'll:

    • Learn how to start every project on the right foot.
    • Master the planning, execution, and control of your projects.
    • Discover the secrets of effective communication and change management.
    • Identify project warning signals and learn to keep your projects on track.
    • Understand the benefits of using the right tools, resources, and people.
    • Learn how to give a superstar project handover.
    • And much, much more
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    short, but to the point

    By dave graham

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    Comments about oreilly The Principles of Project Management (SitePoint: Project Management):

    This is a short book, but it's packed with useful information about project management. It neatly avoids getting bogged down with PM jargon, instead cutting to the core concepts. It's not designed to get you through a project management qualification (though it might help!), but will certainly help you to become more efficient at managing projects, which at the end of the day is what *really* matters. Aimed at people who want to get projects done, even if they're not officially 'project managers' within their organisation.

    The book is broken into five sections - what project management is (and just as importantly, what it isn't), getting started with projects (covering the who, what, where, why and when of project initiation), getting the project done (tools, best practice, project control), the essentials of good project communication, and finally following through - closing off the project.

    Rounded off with appendices covering essential project tools, templates, and links to useful software apps, this is a great book for people starting out in project management. And whilst not strictly aimed at experienced project managers, I'm sure that everyone will find something useful to take away.

    Great stuff.

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