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Getting Started in Project Management



Getting Started in Project Management

Whether working on an international project for a Fortune 500 company or organizing a family reunion, project management is essential to ensure timely and efficient completion of any project. Using their CORE Project Management™ methodology (Collaborative, Open architecture, Results-oriented, Easy-to-use), management consultants Paula Martin and Karen Tate provide a solid foundation for anyone looking to learn or enhance their project management skills.

This easy-to-follow and highly accessible guide introduces the four phases of project management–project initiation, planning, execution, and closeout–and what it takes to successfully complete each phase. Besides outlining the project management process, this book teaches you how to utilize the tools that drive it. From using an issue list for planning to creating an effective project team, Getting Started in Project Management provides proven methods for executing any project that comes your way. Quickly learn:

  • The seven keys to project management success
  • Different approaches to the process: directive or participatory project management
  • How to assess risk and avoid pitfalls by identifying them early on
  • Scheduling and budgeting techniques that will keep your project on time and on the money

Project management is a valuable component of both professional and personal life. Take this opportunity to improve your skill set with guidance from the most respected individuals in the field.

PAULA MARTIN is the CEO of MartinTate, a management consulting and training company. She is the author or coauthor of six books. She works with project teams to help them improve performance and has been a consultant on issues related to improving organization performance for over ten years.

KAREN TATE, PMP, is the President of MartinTate and is a project management professional. She has over twenty years of project management experience and teaches project management to teams in organizations around the world.

About the Authors.


Chapter 1. The Basics.

Chapter 2. Initiating a Project.

Chapter 3. Leading the Project Team.

Chapter 4. Kicking Off the Project.

Chapter 5. Planning the Scope.

Chapter 6. Organizing the Project.

Chapter 7. Assessing Risk.

Chapter 8. Developing a Schedule.

Chapter 9. Developing a Budget.

Chapter 10. Assembling the Project Plan.

Chapter 11. Team-Based Tools.

Chapter 12. Executing the Plan.

Chapter 13. Closing Out the Project.

Chapter 14. Summing Up.

Appendix A: Project Leadership Self-Assessment.

Appendix B: Thinking Styles.

Appendix C: Sample Team Contract.

Appendix D: MT Problem Solving Methodology.

Appendix E: Project Management Self-Assessment.