In today's increasingly complex business environment, more and more of the work companies do is done in the form of projects. To be profitable and successful, an organization's projects must be completed on time and on budget, while also meeting its goals. As a result, the art of project management has become increasingly vital to businesses everywhere.
In the tradition of the phenomenal business bestseller The Rational Manager, this comprehensive guide explores and explains the rationale, processes, and tools of successful project management. While The Rational Project Manager covers the nuts and bolts of the discipline, it also offers a unique concentration on the logic and thought processes necessary for successful project completion.
Senior consultants from Kepner-Tregoe, the consultancy whose founders revolutionized organizational problem solving and decision making in The Rational Manager, authors Andrew Longman and Jim Mullins provide one-of-a-kind guidance on problem solving and decision making in project management. Contrary to the litany of excuses heard when projects failfrom "we didn't have enough time," to "we didn't have good enough people"the majority of failed projects are the result of poor planning and poor critical thinking. That's why this book provides such a heavy focus on the vital skills of communication and problem solving.
The authors divide project management into three stagesdefinition, planning, and implementationexploring each stage in depth and showing project managers and contributors how to apply concepts and avoid common mistakes. Setting aside theoretical exploration, complex formulas, and software-as-savior cure-alls, The Rational Project Manager focuses on the fundamentals of why projects fail and offers a proven methodology for making sure they don't.
Table of contents:
Chapter 1.The Missing Pieces of the Project Management Puzzle Chapter 2. Project Definition Chapter 3. Project Planning Chapter 4. Project Implementation Chapter 5. Managing People in Projects Chapter 6. Project Decision Making and Problem Solving Chapter 7. Installing Project Management within an Organization Index
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ISBN 978-0471721468 Publication Date Apr-05 Author Andrew Longman & Jim Mullins Format Hardcover Page Count 240 Manufacturer No