Summary of Smart Things to Know about Managing Projects

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Smart Things to Know about Managing Projects book summary
Approach project management just as you would any big task: break it down into individual steps and tread carefully.


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Author Donna Deeprose takes you inside the process of setting up and coordinating a project. Her book, a project in itself, no doubt, is as clear and well-organized as the work plan you’ll be able to create when you finish reading it. As befits an author in the hands-on "Smart Things to Know" series, Deeprose provides charts, tables and worksheets for designing project activities, as well as a dandy summary of key points at the end of each chapter. She addresses planning in detail and offers examples of how to organize and present your project’s master plan. While she does not skimp on straightforward logistics, the author emphasizes complex projects, where you have to plan for multiple activities and work with a team of people handling tasks of varying intricacy. Some of the general ideas about planning might be fairly familiar and obvious, but recommends this book for its greatest strength: a solid presentation of specific procedures.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to design a project;
  • How to get sponsorship and estimate a budget;
  • How to plan, organize and implement project activities; and
  • How to assemble a project team.


Getting Results on Time and in Budget
If your company is addressing projects by deploying cross-functional teams, you will need more than cooperation to succeed, although that’s a great start. You have to define your project activities carefully, and then plan and establish precise systems...
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About the Author

Donna Deeprose is the author of two books on work teams, The Team Coach and Recharge Your Team, as well as How to Recognize and Reward Employees. She is the co-author of an adaptable business simulation, Teams@work.

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