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HBR Guide to Project Management

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MEET YOUR GOALS--ON TIME AND ON BUDGET.

How do you rein in the scope of your project when you've got a group of demanding stakeholders breathing down your neck? And map out a schedule everyone can stick to? And motivate team members who have competing demands on their time and attention?
Whether you're managing your first project or just tired of improvising, this guide will give you the tools and confidence you need to define smart goals, meet them, and capture lessons learned so future projects go even more smoothly.

Overview
The Four Phases of Project Managementp. 3
What's involved in planning, build-up, implementation, and closeout-and how these processes overlap
The Cast of Charactersp. 31
Who's who in project management
Planning
A Written Charterp. 41
Your marching orders
Dealing with a Project's "Fuzzy Front End"p. 47
you can't eliminate uncertainty in the early stages of a complex project-but you can manage it
Performing a Project Premortemp. 53
Learn from your project while it's still alive and well
Will Project Creep Cost You-or Create Value?p. 57
Set strict limits on scope, but be flexible when major opportunities arise
Build-Up
Setting Priorities Before Starting Your Projectp. 65
Three steps for staying on track
Boost Productivity with Time-Boxingp. 73
Tips for getting your team's calendars-and yours-under control
Scheduling the Workp. 77
Put the horse before the cart
HBR Case Study: A Rush to Failure?p. 87
When does speed trump quality?
Getting Your Project Off on the Right Footp. 101
Set your project up for success with a well-planned launch
The Discipline of Teamsp. 107
Mutual accountability leads to astonishing results
Implementation
Effective Project Meetingsp. 113
Run your meetings well, and infuse your project with energy and direction
The Adaptive Approach to Project Managementp. 117
What to do when your usual decision tools cease to be useful in the face of uncertainty
Why Good Projects Fail Anywayp. 123
The risks that come with big projects-and how to manage them
Monitoring and Controlling Your Projectp. 127
Don't be afraid to revise your plan
Managing People Problems on Your Teamp. 135
Make sure people stay on task, pull their, weight, work together, and meet quality standards
The Tools of Cooperation and Changep. 139
What to do when people disagree on goals, how to achieve them, or both
Don't Throw Good Money (or Time) After Badp. 143
How to avoid chasing after sunk costs
Closeout
Handing off Authority and Controlp. 151
Gauge your success before wrapping things up
Capturing Lessons Learnedp. 157
Four steps to an effective after-action review
Glossaryp. 163
Indexp. 167
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ISBN: 9781422187296
ISBN-10: 1422187292
Series: HBR Guides
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st February 2013
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 12.8  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.28