Many projects fail to deliver "on time and within budget."?These failures are often the result of poor project management skills. Your Project Management Coach provides a hands-on, pragmatic approach to solving real-world project management problems. Using richly illustrated case examples, the authors show how to apply proven project management techniques to achieve optimum results. The companion website provides forms and templates you can use to put the ideas in the book into action. Whether you're an experienced project manager looking for specific solutions or are new to project management, you'll find a gold mine of practical, field-tested advice.
What you will learn
Elements that define a project, including the problem, goal, objectives, and success criteria
How to plan a project, including how to identify and estimate the work and cost
Best practices for building a realistic schedule, using work estimates, resource availability, and more
How to manage quality, risk, and change
Techniques for evaluating progress and performance
Methods for balancing scope, time, and cost, as well as resources, quality, and risk
Why you want to document lessons learned and archive project information
When your organization needs a project management office or project portfolio management
You can also use this book to assist in your preparation for the PMP Certification Exam.
Visit www.wiley.com/go/ProjMgmtCoach to find sample project management documents, a link to the authors' blog, and more
Bonnie Biafore is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with more than 20 year's experience helping clients, large and small, make project management excellence part of their business strategies. She is the author of 20 books about project management, investing, personal finance, Microsoft Project, QuickBooks, and other software programs.
Teresa S. Stover is a project management expert who has consulted with the Microsoft Office Project Team since Version 4. She is an instructional designer and award-winning author with more than two decades of technical communication experience. Teresa is the author of countless user manuals, tutorials, and help systems—plus more than a dozen computer books, including Microsoft Office Project 2007 Inside Out, Microsoft Office Project 2003 Inside Out, and Microsoft Project Version 2002 Inside Out.
Comments about oreilly Your Project Management Coach:
This is a helpful book for the new project manager. It is well written and easy to read. However, it does not not have much content that is useful to the intermediate project manager. I had expected more of this book.
The first part of the book "Understanding projects and project management" is extremely basic. This part appears to be written for someone who has never even happened to pass by in the vicinity of a project, much less worked in one. This part is so basic that it becomes dull to read.
The second part of the book about initiating projects and project planning is in my opinion the best part. This part is reasonably thorough, and it has lots of information for the new project manager. Here some parts are even useful for the intermediate project manager.
The rest of the the book (about Executing the project, Closing the project, project management office e.t.c.) is not as good as the part on initiating projects, but still not as extremely basic as the first part of the book.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend