Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Project Management Communications Toolkit

Effective communication is every project manager's most powerful tool. Helping you achieve a high level of communications expertise and success is the goal of this book. This practical resource shows you how to coordinate the efforts of teams of project members and maintain an open dialog with senior executives. The book explains how to energize projects, create momentum, and achieve success by talking and listening to your staff. Moreover you learn how to effectively communicate project status and requirements to executive management.

Project Management for Construction

(Prentice-Hall International Series in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics)This book develops a specific viewpoint in discussing the participants, the processes and the techniques of project management for construction. This viewpoint is that of owners who desire completion of projects in a timely, cost effective fashion. Some profound implications for the objectives and methods of project management result from this perspective:* The "life cycle" of costs and benefits from initial planning through operation and disposal of a facility are relevant to decision making. An owner is concerned with a project from the cradle to the grave. Construction costs represent only one portion of the overall life cycle costs.* Optimizing performance at one stage of the process may not be beneficial overall if additional costs or delays occur elsewhere. For example, saving money on the design process will be a false economy if the result is excess construction costs.* Fragmentation of project management among different specialists may be necessary, but good communication and coordination among the participants is essential to accomplish the overall goals of the project. New information technologies can be instrumental in this process, especially the Internet and specialized Extranets.* Productivity improvements are always of importance and value. As a result, introducing new materials and automated construction processes is always desirable as long as they are less expensive and are consistent with desired performance.* Quality of work and performance are critically important to the success of a project since it is the owner who will have to live with the results. In essence, adopting the viewpoint of the owner focuses attention on the cost effectiveness of facility construction rather than competitive provision of services by the various participants.

Project Management for Business and Engineering, Second Edition Principles and Practice

Project Management for Business and Engineering is a direct response to the ever-increasing need for better project management. This book encompasses the full range of project management - everything from origins, philosophy, and methodology to actual applications. Nicholas describes concepts and techniques such as project initiation and proposals, scope and task definition, scheduling, budgeting, risk analysis, control, project organization, and the often overlooked "people" side - project leadership, team building, conflict, and stress management.The Systems Development Cycle is used as a framework to discuss project management in a variety of situations, making this book useful for managing virtually any kind of project, program, or task force. Over 230 figures and tables, 60 short examples and illustrative cases, and end-of-chapter summaries, review problems, questions, and case studies are included.The author draws upon his experience with projects in information technology, systems analysis, aerospace engineering, human resource development, and over a decade of teaching project management as a university professor.