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As businesses adapt to rapidly evolving markets, it’s difficult to think of a more vital function than project management. The ability to drive multiple projects to completion is one of the hallmarks of leading corporations. If one aspect of contemporary business science deserves elevation to a higher seat in the academy, project management is it. Successful projects reflect extremely efficient and refined planning processes, and are no more a matter of serendipity than, say, 20 straight quarters of steadily increasing profits. This compilation of valuable insight and guidance provides a single reference source for project managers. The book asserts that it is directed at project managers early in their careers and is designed to enable them to operate competently in organizations where a project management structure and legacy already exist. However, it goes into sophisticated levels of detail and the authors assume that you can juggle your jargon and your organization’s politics and policies. Well-illustrated, with reader-friendly charts and a detailed appendix about critical chain project management, it provides a fundamental, thorough, all-you-need-to-know compendium for completing projects. strongly recommends it to any project manager. The newer you are, the more you need it.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the fundamentals of project management are;
  • How to use the basics of the critical chain method of project planning; and
  • What challenges you are likely to encounter in managing your project to completion.

About the Authors

Sebastian Nokes was trained in project management at major corporations and the UK Royal Air Force. He managed major projects in finance, IT and publishing. He is chairman of Project Value Associates, a project management advisory firm, where co-author Ian Major is director. Major practiced project management for several major companies in the industrial, financial and technology sectors. Alan Greenwood is a regular lecturer on project management for Project Value Associates and an experienced project manager. Mark Goodman led projects for major financial institutions and the British army.



Not Home, But Alone
Imagine it’s late at night and your car is the only one left in the parking lot. It’s there because you’re still in the office, shoulders slumped, palm pressed to your forehead, deep in thought. You’re in the middle of a project, consumed with worry, and the fact that...

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