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HBR Guide to Project Management

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We all wish we could sharpen key management skills like writing more effective emails or proposals, focusing to-do lists on what really matters, giving more persuasive presentations, or dealing with a boss who makes you want to scream. But who has the time?

The HBR Guides can help. In the HBR Guide to Project Management learn how to set clear project goals, map out critical tasks, and keep the team humming so you can deliver the goods on time and on budget.

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Harvard Business Review is the leading destination for smart management thinking. Through its flagship magazine, 13 international licensed editions, books from Harvard Business Review Press, and digital content and tools published on HBR.org, Harvard Business Review provides professionals around the world with rigorous insights and best practices to lead themselves and their organizations more effectively and to make a positive impact.

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 Guide
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st February 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 12.7  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.21