The AMA Handbook of Project Management, 3rd Edition

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2010-09-15
544 pages

Book Description

Acomprehensive reference bringing together writers on all of the leading-edge topics in today, The AMA Handbook of compiles essays and advice from the field's top professionals to present a complete overview of everything you need to know as a professional.

Featuring new data on the Project Management Office and revised to reflect the accelerating pace of the current project management environment, this long-trusted guide covers everything from the basics to the history and future of project management, to your development as a project management professional. Whether you're a student, a certified project management practitioner, or someone who works on projects, you'll gain specific expertise on areas such as designing adequate organizational structres, generating and maintaining teamwork, managing the project life cycle, and much more.

Completely revised and fully up-to-date, this is the essential book on the field of project management.

Praise for the Previous Edition: "Invaluable in providing...Knowledge for real professionals...a reference book that should find a spot on any serious project manager's bookshelf."---Technical Communication magazine

"The book's editors---Paul Dinsmore and Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin---should be commended for doing an excellent editorial job...[the editorial effort] is particularly significant in view of the fact that this handbook comprises work written by 42 distinct authors...All chapters are informative and well written...its objective is to put project management into its contemporary context, enabling readers to get up to speed on important issues in project management today. In my view, the book has done a fine job in achieving this objective."---J. Davidson Frame, PMP, The Project Management Journal

Compatible with the most recent edition of the Project Management Institute's A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)® and containing essays and advice from the field's top professionals---The AMA Handbook of Project Management presents you with the critical concepts and theories that all project managers must master. Whether you're a student of project management, a current project management professional, or someone involved in projects, this long-trusted guide, now fully up-to-date, gives you the practical, how-to information you need to succeed in this complex, constantly growing field.

The book contains definitive models, case studies, advice, and in-depth solutions to specific project management dilemmas, providing you with indispensable guidance on various topics, from passing the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification Exam, to thriving in a specific organization or succeeding in your project management career. Presenting the best state-of-the-art literature in the and process of project management, this essential resource covers crucial project management skills including strategic planning; resource allocation; risk and change management; productivity and quality assessment; scope, cost, and time management; and much more.

Divided into clear, easy-to-reference sections, the book helpfully analyzes and clarifies the task of managing projects from every angle, beginning with a discussion of project management basics. Useful for both experienced practitioners and as a study guide, the opening section's chapters correspond with those of the most recent PMBOK® Guide, providing you with a clear understanding of the fundamental disciplines and processes required to ensure that projects are brought to successful completion.

Moving on to look at the history and current state of project management as a profession, The AMA Handbook of Project Management considers issues such as ethics, professionalism, and career development, highlighting the latest trends from a global viewpoint, and providing you perspective as to how they affect you as a project management practitioner.

The book next tackles the realities of organizational life, taking a close look at the specific challenges you will face as you move beyond the individual project. The book acquaints you with inescapable issues such as organizational culture and structure, alignment with strategy, and the synchronization of multiple projects.

Providing you with a glimpse of where the discipline of project management and the organizations in which it is practiced may be heading, the book then takes a careful look at new methodologies, organizational structures, and globally diverse teams, as seen by the field's most advanced thinkers and practitioners.

Finally, you'll gain a clear understanding of how project management fundamentals must be adapted to different industry and professional environments including construction and engineering, new product development, information technology, and others.

Projects are the essential life force of any organization. Packed with research-based information and advice from experienced practitioners---as well as new information on agile project management, Six Sigma projects, the use of , and the alignment of strategy and projects---the latest edition of The AMA Handbook of Project Management is a vital resource you'll want to have on your bookshelf.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What Is Project Management? Project Management Concepts and Methodologies
Section One The Project Management Body of Knowledge: Comprehension and Practice
Chapter 2 Bodies of Knowledge and Competency Standards in Project Management
Chapter 3 Project Management Process Groups: Project Management Knowledge in Action
Chapter 4 Initiation Strategies for Managing Major Projects
Chapter 5 Comprehensive Planning for Complex Projects
Chapter 6 Controlling Costs and Schedule: Systems That Really Work
Chapter 7 Project Management in Practice
Chapter 8 Project Scope Management in Practice
Chapter 9 Time Management in Practice
Chapter 10 Project Cost Management in Practice
10A Studies in Cost Management: Earned Value—An Integrated Project Management Approach
Chapter 11 Project Quality Management in Practice
11A Studies in Project Quality Management: Achieving Business Excellence Using Baldrige, Business Process Management, Process Improvement and Project Management
Chapter 12 Human Resource Management in Practice
12A Studies in Project Human Resource Management: Team Building and Interpersonal Skills
12B Studies in Project Human Resource Management: Leadership
Chapter 13 Project Communications Management in Practice
13A Studies in Communications Management: Achieving Project Success Through Stakeholder Management
Chapter 14 Risk Management in Practice
Chapter 15 Project Procurement Management in Practice
15A Studies in Procurement Management: Managing to Avoid Claims
Section Two The Profession of Project Management
Chapter 16 Preparing for the Project Management Professional Certification Exam
Chapter 17 Competency and Careers in Project Management
Chapter 18 Project Management Ethics: Responsibility, Values, and Ethics in Project Environments
Chapter 19 Professionalization of Project Management: What Does It Mean for Practice?
Section Three Organizational Issues in Project Management
Chapter 20 Projects: The Engine of Strategy Execution
Chapter 21 Project Management: A Strategic Asset?
Chapter 22 Project Management: Elements and Deployment Issues
Chapter 23 Project Management: Principles and Best Practices
Chapter 24 Measuring the Value of Project Management: A Measurement System
Chapter 25 A Process of Organizational Change: From Bureaucracy to Project Management Orientation
Chapter 26 Managing Multiple Projects: Balancing Time, Resources, and Objectives
Chapter 27 The Project Office: Rationale and Implementation
Section Four Issues and Ideas in Project Management Practice
Chapter 28 Dealing with Power and Politics in Project Management
Chapter 29 Multiproject Constraint Management: The “Critical Chain” Approach
Chapter 30 Communities of Practice and Project Management
Chapter 31 Six Sigma and Project Management
Chapter 32 Cultural Challenges in Managing International Projects
Chapter 33 Social Media Tools: An Introduction to Their Role in Project Management
Section Five Industry Applications of Project Management Practice
Chapter 34 Building Organizational Project Management Capability: Learning From Engineering and Construction
Chapter 35 New Product Development: Issues for Project Management
Chapter 36 Why IT Matters: Project Management for Information Technology
Chapter 37 Applying Project Management Tools and Techniques in the Ecosystem Restoration Industry
Chapter 38 Rescue Mission: Project Management in the Helping Professions

Book Details

  • Title: The AMA Handbook of Project Management, 3rd Edition
  • Length: 544 pages
  • Edition: 3
  • Language: English
  • Publisher:
  • Publication Date: 2010-09-15
  • ISBN-10: 0814415423
  • ISBN-13: 9780814415429
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