The Little Black Book of Project Management

The Little Black Book of Project Management

Author: Michael C. Thomsett
Pub Date: October 2009
Print Edition: $16.00
Print ISBN: 9780814415290
Format: Paper or Softback
Edition: Third Edition
e-Book ISBN: 9780814415306

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Table of Contents


Introduction to the Third Edition

1 Organizing for the Long Term

Background for Project Management

Project Definitions

Definition and Control

A New Look for Project Management

The Successful Project Manager

The Methodical Manager

Project Classification

Work Project

2 The Six Sigma Approach

The Meaning of Six Sigma

Business Process Management (BPM)

Project Participants and Goal Definitions

Defining Goals in Terms of Customer Service

Work Project

3 Creating the Plan

Setting Leadership Goals

Building Your Resource Network

Structuring Your Project Team

Defining the Project’s Scope

Holding a Project Announcement Meeting

Setting Project Objectives

Developing the Initial Schedule

Identifying Key Elements Necessary for Project


Work Project

4 Choosing the Project Team

The Imposed Team Problem

The Commitment Problem

Ten important Team-Building Guidelines

Defining Areas of Responsibility

Estimating Time Requirements

Working with Other Departments

The Executive Point of View

Delegation Problems and Solutions

Work Project

5 Preparing the Project Budget

Budgeting Responsibility

Checklist: Effective Budgets

Labor Expense: The Primary Factor

Additional Budgeting Segments

Budgeting Each Phase of Your Project

Budgeting Controls

Work Project

6 Establishing a Schedule

The Scheduling Problem

The Gantt Chart

Scheduling Control

The Scheduling Solution

Gantt Limitations

Work Project

7 Flowcharting for Project Control

Guidelines for Project Control

Listing Out the Phases

Work Breakdown Structures

CPM and PERT Methods

Automated Project Management Systems

Setting Your Flowcharting Rules

Work Project

8 Designing the Project Flowchart

Activity and Event Sequences

The Vertical Flowchart and Its Limitations

The Horizontal Network Diagram and Its Advantages

Building the Network Diagram

Applying the Network Diagram

Expanded Applications

Work Project

9 Managing the Value Chain in the Project

Attributes of the Value Chain

Risk Management and the Value Chain

How Value Is Incorporated into the Big Picture

Value: An Intangible Turned into a Tangible

Work Project

10 Writing the Supporting Documentation

Project Narratives

More Than Paperwork

Simplifying Instructions

The Diagram/Narrative Combination

Project Control Documentation

Work Project

11 Conducting the Project Review

Defining Success

The Progress Review

Project Leadership Attributes

Monitoring and Reporting

The Missed Deadline

The Accelerated Schedule

The Changing Objective

Staying on Course

Work Project

12 The Communication Challenge

Communication Skills Project Managers Need

The Budget as a Communication Tool

The Schedule as a Communication Tool

Working with Department Managers

Working with Other Department Employees

Working with Outside Consultants

Weak Links in Communication

American Management Association

How Flowcharting Helps

Meeting with Outside Resources

Running the Meeting

Work Project

13 Project Management and Your Career

An Organizational Science

Attributes of Project Leadership

Taking Charge

Eliminating Common Problems

Maximizing Your Skills

Work Project

14 Finding the Best Project Management


Appendix: Work Project Answers



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