By Kathy Schwalbe
Notice: purchase the paperback new from amazon.com and get the Kindle model loose as a part of the Kindle MatchBook software! (Sorry, simply works within the U.S. so far.) in keeping with person suggestions, the 5th version of An creation to venture administration offers a separate bankruptcy for making plans integration and scope administration and for making plans time and price administration. extra examples are supplied for growing paintings breakdown buildings and schedules. additionally it is details on Basecamp, a unfastened web-based venture administration software, besides a person consultant (replaces AtTask in Appendix B). as well as updating many references and examples, this version maintains to incorporate numerous renowned gains: - Follows the undertaking administration Institute's PMBOK® consultant, 5th version (2013) - Has chapters for every technique team and a entire case research to demonstrate using instruments and methods during the undertaking existence cycle - contains a consultant for utilizing Microsoft venture 2013 - presents a unfastened trial of MatchWare's MindView enterprise software program (www.matchware.com/intropm), a device for developing brain maps, Gantt charts, and different venture records - makes use of real-world examples and references, together with establishing instances and case wrap-ups, examples of what went correct, what went flawed, media snapshots, most sensible practices, and video highlights in each one bankruptcy - finish of bankruptcy fabrics comprise bankruptcy summaries, speedy quizzes, dialogue questions, and workouts, with case reports supplied in Appendix C -Comprehensive, safe teacher web site on hand with lecture slides, resolution documents, try out banks, and so forth. -Free site comprises over fifty template documents, on-line quizzes and video games, facts records for undertaking 2013, hyperlinks to websites pointed out within the textual content, and lots more and plenty extra stopover at the unfastened spouse site at www.intropm.com.
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And What Went Wrong? Failures, as much as successes, can be valuable learning experiences. ” Each chapter of the text includes one or more examples of real projects that went right as well as examples of projects that went wrong. These examples further illustrate the importance of mastering key concepts in each chapter. Media Snapshots, Best Practice, and Video Highlights The world is full of projects. Several television shows, movies, newspapers, Web sites, and other media highlight project results, good and bad.
Follow-up studies by the Standish Group (see the previously quoted “CHAOS” study in the What Went Wrong? passage) showed some improvement in the statistics for IT projects: The number of successful projects has more than doubled, from 16 percent in 1994 to 37 percent in 2010. The number of failed projects decreased from 31 percent in 1994 to 21 percent in 2010. ”9 Even though there have been significant improvements in managing IT projects, there is still much room for improvement. The best news is that project managers are learning how to succeed more often.
WHAT IS PROJECT MANAGEMENT? ”7 Project managers must not only strive to meet specific scope, time, cost, and quality requirements of projects, they must also facilitate the entire process to meet the needs and expectations of the people involved in or affected by project activities. Figure 1-3 illustrates a framework to help you understand project management. Key elements of this framework include the project stakeholders, project management process groups, knowledge areas, tools and techniques, project success, and the contribution of a portfolio of projects to the success of the entire enterprise.
An Introduction to Project Management by Kathy Schwalbe