Summary of The Project Management Life Cycle

A complete step-by-step methodology for initiating, planning, executing and closing a project successfully

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The Project Management Life Cycle book summary
To manage a project correctly, get organized. Set goals, hire the right people, anticipate problems and deliver on time.


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This book is for people who conceive of work in terms of to-do lists, bullet items, flow charts and tables of organization. If you're not that type, you might want to consider delegating your next project-management task to someone else - because, often, that kind of detail-oriented mentality is exactly what a project needs. At times, this book reads more like an extended outline because of its step-by-step approach. And author Jason Westland is clearly interested in promoting his trademarked "Method123 Project Management Methodology" or MPMM, and his Web site selling various planning aids. However, the book is both detailed and comprehensive, complete with charts, diagrams and even a free CD-ROM. As the cycle of corporate change accelerates, every company needs to become better at executing projects. getAbstract recommends this book to managers who need a map through the maze of tasks involved in bringing a special project to a satisfying conclusion.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to plan and execute a project
  • How to manage the risks inherent to any project
  • How to evaluate a project to ensure that it has met its objectives
  • How to close a project in a way that leaves you prepared for future endeavors


Mastering the Basics
To respond to changes in the business environment, many companies have transformed themselves from operations-oriented to project-oriented businesses. The goal of any project is to bring about beneficial change to the company. A project is a "unique endeavor" that ...
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About the Author

Jason Westland has served as a project director, a general manager and a CEO. He managed strategy for the British national railroad and has advised project managers around the globe.

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