Project Management for Mere Mortals by Claudia Baca

Project Management for Mere Mortals

byClaudia Baca

Kobo ebook | June 25, 2007

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Project Management for Mere Mortals® strips away the myths and mysteries of effective project management, giving you the skills, tools, and insights to succeed with your next project—and every project after that.


Long-time project manager and trainer, Claudia Baca, walks you through all five process groups of project management: initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling, and closing. Baca examines each process group from the perspectives of the working project manager and team member, highlighting the organizational issues most likely to arise and offering proven solutions. For each process group, she presents tools you can start using right now—and demonstrates those tools at work in a realistic running case study.


This guide takes you from the absolute basics through advanced techniques, such as measures of performance and change control. You’ll learn how to


• Accurately scope projects and build workable timetables

• Create trustworthy budgets and use them to manage your project

• Organize work assignments for maximum efficiency

• Build project teams, and keep them motivated

• Intelligently assess quality goals, and decide “how good it has to be”

• Identify and mitigate the real risks your project will encounter

• Control changes and stay on track, no matter what surprises occur

• Close projects successfully, and learn lessons for future projects

• Gain crucial skills you’ll need for PMI certification



Claudia M. Baca, PMP, PMI OPM3 ®, Certified Assessor and Consultant, has been active in the project management industry since 1984 and has project management experience in the information technology, telecommunications, and e-commerce industries. During her long and varied career, Claudia has managed multiple mission-critical projects...
Title:Project Management for Mere MortalsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 25, 2007Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:013270465X

ISBN - 13:9780132704656


Table of Contents

Foreword by Kim Heldman, PMP  xv

Preface  xvii

Acknowledgments  xxv

About the Author  xxvii

Chapter 1        Setting the Project Management Context  1

Chapter 2        You’ve Been Assigned a Project!  19

Chapter 3        How Big Is This Project?  53

Chapter 4        Laying Out the Work  99

Chapter 5        The Art of Estimating  131

Chapter 6        Quality–How Good Does It Have to Be?  169

Chapter 7        Communication–What Do You Think About My Project?  207

Chapter 8        Risk–What Should You Worry About?  257

Chapter 9        Creating the Schedule  291

Chapter 10      Budgeting–How Much?  331

Chapter 11      The Rhythm of Project Execution  369

Chapter 12      Keeping the Project on Track  397

Chapter 13      Controlling Changes  421

Chapter 14      Success!–Closing the Project  441

Answers to the Review Questions  457

Glossary  471

Bibliography  477

Index  479