Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Canadian Scholars’ Press
262 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
July 2018
Print ISBN: 9781773380889
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Overview

Many books for introductory project management courses are written with heavy detail and are designed for experienced project managers running large-scale projects. In this slim guide, skilled expert Dave C. Barrett prepares students to manage projects with a “let’s walk before we run” approach, offering the perfect amount of detail for students new to the field who are lacking practical project experience. Learning only the most critical project management concepts and processes, students are taken through an ongoing case study that follows a moderately sized project from its initiation to completion.

This new book offers the actual project management documents produced during the case study and will equip readers with a solid understanding of why each of the processes are used, why the decisions are made, and how the pieces of project management fit together. Suitable for any discipline or industry, Understanding Project Management promises to be a light, engaging, and quick read.


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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Preface  vii

Acknowledgements  viii

PART I INTRODUCTION AND THE INITIATING PHASE  1

Chapter 1 • Understanding the Project Environment  2

Chapter 2 • Starting the Project  15

PART II THE PLANNING PHASE  25

Chapter 3 • Stakeholder Planning  27

Chapter 4 • Scope Planning  36

Chapter 5 • Schedule Planning  48

Chapter 6 • Budget Planning  78

Chapter 7 • Project Team Planning  89

Chapter 8 • Quality Planning  99

Chapter 9 • Risk Planning  105

Chapter 10 • Communications Planning  118

PART III THE EXECUTING PHASE  127

Chapter 11 • Executing the Plan  128

Chapter 12 • Managing Disruptions to the Plan: Issues and

Change  140

Chapter 13 • Managing the Human Resources Aspects of the

Project  152

Chapter 14 • Reporting the Status of the Project  164

PART IV PROJECT PROCUREMENT AND THE CLOSING PHASE  171

Chapter 15 • Project Procurement  172

Chapter 16 • Closing the Project  183

PART V AGILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT  195

Chapter 17 • An Overview of Agile Project Management  197

Appendix The Case Study Project Management Documents  214

References  253

Dave C. Barrett

Dave C. Barrett joined Conestoga’s School of Business faculty as a full-time professor of project management in 2004, after working 21 years in private industry.


Reviews

“ Too often texts on the field of project management are more complex than the projects themselves, but not this one. Dave C. Barrett has managed to demystify project management with this incredibly useful business text. Taking readers step-by-step through the phases of the project management lifecycle as well as a case study (woven seamlessly through the book), this text demonstrates a simple, straightforward, effective approach that will assist readers in managing projects of any size, for businesses of any type.”

“ Dave C. Barrett takes on the complex topic of project management and cuts through the jargon by simplifying the concepts through a series of fundamental principles and processes. It is easy to read with lots of tips, cases, and examples. More importantly, relevant project management terms, processes, and documents are specifically demonstrated. Everyone, from beginners to the most experienced project managers, will learn something useful.”

Instructor Resources


The Instructor's Manual for Understanding Project Management includes:

  • Instructor guide
  • PowerPoint Slides
  • Project document templates
  • Scheduling software
  • Test bank with multiple choice and short answer questions

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Student Resources


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