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Cause And Effect Diagram. End Notes Chapter 9: Real Projects Individual Homework: Project Proposal Points Individual Homework: New Business Venture Part 1: Monitoring And Controlling Part 5: Fixer Upper Part 1: PREFACE The recent recession has made organizations appreciate the need for good project, program, and portfolio management skills kuisel than ever.

Many organizations, including corporations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, colleges, and universities have responded to this need by establishing courses and programs in project management. Hundreds of books are now available on this topic. After publishing the first two editions of this book, my publisher, Course Technology, now a branch of Cengage Learning, decided not to update it.

They kiidel other books with higher analozi, including my Information Technology Project Management book, awot in its seventh edition. Over 40, copies of all editions have been sold worldwide as of early I plan to keep updating and using this text for years to come.

I thank Cengage Learning for giving me the rights to self-publish the third and fourth editions and permission to use some of the content from my other book.

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What makes this book different from other project kiisep books? First jiisel all, people actually enjoy reading it. I get emails every week from readers like you who appreciate my straightforward, organized writing style. They like the way that I explain concepts and then provide realistic examples to help them learn to apply those concepts. Since I use this text in my own classes, I get a lot of feedback from students and see firsthand what wwot and does not work in a classroom setting.

Several people have commented that they like the cartoons, Jeopardy games on the companion Web site, and my honest, sometimes humorous style. This text addresses the need for people in all majors and industries to understand and apply good project, program, and portfolio management.

People like to read about real projects to learn from the successes and failures of others. They also realize that there are projects in all aspects of life, from remodeling a house to running a political campaign to developing a new software application. I have never come across a textbook that presents project management concepts and then brings them to life in a fully developed sample project.


I also provide template files for creating the sample documents. I believe this approach helps many analjzi truly understand and apply good project management. The main changes to the third edition include the following:. I used the February 17, exposure draft in writing this edition. A new feature called Video Highlights provides examples of online videos students can watch to see examples of real projects, software, and concepts related to project management.

Exercises related to these videos are also provided. There are new examples and expanded coverage of creating a work breakdown structure WBSincluding use of MindView Business software. This software makes it easy to create a mind map of a WBS and then use that to create a Gantt chart. A link is provided for access to a special day trial of this software for users of this book at www. Appendix B, Brief Anaizi to AtTask, has been updated to include the latest information on using this best-selling online project management software.

It emphasizes using portfolio management features. Some older cases as well as additional new ones are available on the instructor site. There is also more information about using MindView Business and project management simulation software tools.

Updated examples and references are provided throughout the text, and user feedback is incorporated. APPROACH This text provides up-to-date information on how good project, program, and portfolio management can help you achieve organizational as well as individual success.

Distinct features of this text include its:. Instructions for using Microsoft Project analizii AtTask Appendix A of the text includes basic information on project management software and detailed, step-by-step instructions on using the number one standalone product, Microsoft Project You do not need to buy a separate book to learn how to use Project effectively. Appendix B includes instructions on using AtTask. Comprehensive Samples of Applying Tools and Techniques to a Realistic Project After explaining basic concepts, tools, and techniques, this text shows the reader how an organization selected, initiated, planned, executed, monitored and controlled, and closed a realistic project, called the Just-In-Time Training project.


It provides over 50 sample project management deliverables such as a business case, stakeholder register, project charter, project management plan, work breakdown structure, Gantt chart, cost baseline, Pareto chart, resource histogram, performance report, risk register, contract, lessons-learned report, and so on for this project.

As one reviewer stated:. It comprehensively communicates what it really takes to manage a large project, including required deliverables, work products, and documentation. Provides Templates and Seamless Integration of Various Software Applications You do not have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to much of the documentation required for managing projects. This text uses over 50 free template files for creating various documents. Various software applications are used throughout the text in a seamless fashion.

I purposely created the templates in a simple format. Feel free to modify them to meet your needs. Includes a Free Companion Web Site www. This site will be a valuable resource as you access links mentioned in the text, take online quizzes, play Jeopardy games, and download templates and files for Project Instructors can access a protected instructor site, which includes the same information plus copyrighted lecture slides, solution files, sample syllabi, and other information.

Instructors can also share information on how they use this text in their classes. The first two chapters introduce project, program, and portfolio management and discuss different approaches for their selection.

The next six chapters follow the five process groups of project management: These six chapters apply various tools and techniques in each of these process groups to the Just-In-Time Training project. Chapter nine describes more information and research on best practices.

Appendix A provides general information on project management software and a step-by-step guide to using Microsoft Project Appendix B includes information on using AtTask, and Appendix C provides resources information, such as a summary of information on the companion Web site, a list of templates, running case studies, advice on using simulation software, and resources to help you learn more about project management certification.


Throughout the text, emphasis is placed on applying concepts to up-to-date, realworld project management. Learning Objectives reflect what you kiiisel be able to accomplish after completing each chapter. Chapter Summaries highlight key concepts you should master. The Quick Quizzes help reinforce your understanding of important concepts in each chapter. The Discussion Questions help guide critical thinking about those key concepts.

Exercises provide opportunities to practice important techniques, as do the Team Projects. The Case Studies in Appendix Kiisek provide a robust means to apply what you have learned from the text to realistic case studies, similar to the example used throughout the text.

Opening Case and Case Wrap-Up To set the stage, each chapter begins with an opening case related to the materials in that chapter. These scenarios spark interest and introduce important concepts in a realworld context. As project management concepts and techniques are swor, they are applied to the opening case and other similar scenarios.

Each chapter then closes with a Case Wrap-Up—some problems are overcome and some problems require more effort—to further illustrate the real world of project management. These examples further illustrate the importance of mastering key concepts in each chapter. Several television shows, movies, newspapers, Web sites, and other media highlight project results, good and bad. Relating project management concepts to all types of projects, as highlighted in the media, will help you understand and see the importance of this growing field.

Why not get people excited about studying project management by showing them how to recognize project management concepts in popular television shows, movies, or other media?

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It is also important to study best practices so readers can learn how to implement project management in an optimum way. Many students also enjoy watching videos to enhance their understanding of topics, so each chapter includes summaries and links to relevant videos. Cartoons Each chapter includes a cartoon used with permission from the popular Web site xkcd. These cartoons use humor to illustrate concepts from the text.

Key Terms The field of project management includes many unique terms analizj are vital to creating a common language and understanding of the field.

Key terms are displayed in boldface and are defined the first time they appear. Definitions of key terms are provided in alphabetical order at the end of each chapter and in a glossary at the end of the text.

Application Software Learning becomes much more dynamic with handson practice using the top project management software tools in the industry. Each chapter offers you ewot opportunities to get handson experience and build new software skills by applying concepts to problems posed ,iisel them.

In this way, the text accommodates both those who learn by reading and those who learn by doing. All of the teaching tools available with this text are provided to the instructor on a secure Web site. The instructor site for this text includes lecture slides for each chapter created with Microsoft PowerPoint.

Instructors can modify slides or add their own slides for additional topics they introduce to the class. Remember that these slides are copyrighted materials.