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Project Management, Step by Step


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Acknowledgments Preface to the second edition Introduction Step 1 - Understand the Basics 1.1 What is a project?1.2 What is project management? What is your role?1.3 The project's customer and stakeholders1.4 The project team1.5 Delivery and deliverables1.6 The five dimensions of a project - scope, quality, time, cost, risk1.7 The stages of a project - a lifecycleStep 2 - Define the 'Why' and the 'What' 2.1 Complete the Project Definition2.2 Check your role2.3 Agree the Project Definition with your project customerStep 3 - Create Your Project Plan 3.1 Brainstorm a task list3.2 Convert the task list to a skeleton plan3.3 Estimate times, add dependencies and delays3.4 Add in who will do what3.5 Build the plan into a schedule3.6 Work out costs3.7 Add in milestones and contingency3.8 Review and amend - can you do it, should you do it, is there a better way?3.9 Review the plan with your project customerStep 4 - Manage Delivery 4.1 Start the project4.2 Plan your day4.3 Collect information and reports4.4 Monitor and manage progress4.5 Identify and resolve issues4.6 Identify and manage risks4.7 Manage changes4.8 Take action to ensure the project's success4.9 Keep your customer informed4.10 Update the Project Plan or Project Budget Step 5 - Complete Your Project 5.1 Test the deliverables5.2 Implement deliverables5.3 Provide support to your customers5.4 Release resources5.5 Review for next time5.6 Celebrate!

About the Author

Richard Newton is an experienced executive who has worked both as a management consultant and a senior manager in a number of major corporations. Over the past twenty years he has built a superb track record in the successful delivery of projects and business change, the setting up and management of project and business improvement teams, and advising companies on how to ensure successful delivery on an ongoing basis. He is an advocate and successful practitioner of simple approaches to project and change management.

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