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Management of Projects - A Multidisciplinary Approach R. Dayanandan

Management of Projects - A Multidisciplinary Approach

R. Dayanandan

Published April 1st 2012
ISBN : 9781604819786
Paperback
464 pages
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Project management is about making things happen. Good project management is what makes the real work a success. Bad or missing project management can taint and nullify the efforts of even the most talented people. Without adopting a clearMoreProject management is about making things happen. Good project management is what makes the real work a success. Bad or missing project management can taint and nullify the efforts of even the most talented people. Without adopting a clear methodology or framework for delivery, most project teams start building deliverables before their scope and objectives are clearly thought through. They have no structured processes for undertaking project tasks, and so they fail to effectively manage time, cost, quality, risks, issues and changes within the project. It is inevitable that such projects suffer from scope creep, milestone delays, poor deliverable quality and a lack of customer satisfaction. The answer is simple: use a repeatable project methodology with structured project processes for initiating, planning, executing and closing projects effectively. No project manager can make mediocre work into an awesome end result. But fantastic work can be overlooked if the project management required to deliver the whole isnt there. It is relatively easy to produce a program and a host of attractive and informative computer print-outs, but the main task of a project manager is to ensure that the planned dates are, in fact, met or nearly met. This involves a combination of technical expertise, knowledge of construction techniques, the ability to inspire the members of the project team, communication skills, political and diplomatic nous commercial and contractual experience, the capacity to reach a decision from often conflicting expert advice, and the application of every known method of persuasion. Most management courses run by Universities, Polytechnics, Management Consultants, Industrial Training Boards or professional bodies incorporate at least one session dealing with network analysis as a planning tool. However, few of these courses can do more than introduce the student to the basic principles and give him the opportunity to draw and analyse a few very small networks either manually or by computer. This book is for anyone who wants to learn enough project management to ensure their projects succeed. Although some of the examples in this book focus on projects that address techno logical or systems-related issues-a growing industry in need of skilled project managers!-the book is intended for anyone who needs to manage projects of any sort. It covers both Soft skills such as investment appraisal, communication, team selection, team building, motivation, conflict management, meetings, configuration management and quality management as well as Hard skills such as project organization, project evaluation, project planning, cost control, monitoring, risk management and change management. It can be used by a student to learn how to complete a project from end-to-end, by a project manager to structure the way that a project should be undertaken and by a business owner to mandate the manner within which projects will be undertaken across the entire organization. Using this intellectual property to rapidly build client deliverables Trainers - Using it as a basis upon which to create training courses. It is a comprehensive framework that businesses can adopt, not a set of helpful hints for light reading. It is intended that this book will be read by a wide variety of people in a broad spectrum of industries. As such, it has been written in a clear, professional and formal manner