Comprehensive Guide to Project Management Schedule and Cost Control, A: Methods and Models for Managing the Project Lifecycle, 1st edition
Published by Pearson FT Press (April 9th 2014) - Copyright © 2014
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All you need to know to successfully schedule projects and control their costs
The first PM guide 100% focused on scheduling and cost control
- Covers schedule/cost development, analysis, monitoring, and control
- Master key skills through case studies, worked examples, graphs, and charts
- For all project managers, at all levels of experience, in any organization
- Complete knowledge for all levels of study and certification
Master all the modern project scheduling and cost control techniques you need, in one focused tutorial!
This guide is 100% focused on the specific principles, skill, and best-practice methodologies of scheduling and cost control. Expert project manager Randal Wilson explains every technique with graphs, charts, and realistic case studies. Wilson doesn’t just present the right formulas: he shows you exactly how to apply them, one step at a time.
Whether you’re an experienced project manager or a newcomer, this tutorial will help you meet your #1 goal: delivering outstanding results, on time and on budget.
Scheduling and cost control are at the heart of project management. To successfully run any significant project, managers must accurately identify required resources, sequence work activities, estimate the costs and time needed to perform those activities, and carefully track progress against their estimates.
A Comprehensive Guide to Project Management Schedule and Cost Control will teach you how to perform all these critical tasks.
Using realistic examples, step-by-step calculations, and simple visuals, Randal Wilson makes scheduling and cost control easier than ever before. Wilson shows how to stay on top of schedules and budgets throughout your entire project, from planning through change management and quality control.
Wilson will help you master crucial techniques ranging from activity decomposition to resource leveling, schedule crashing to activity-based budgeting. You’ll learn how to uncover hidden dependencies, set optimal project milestones, and overcome many other challenges.
With these skills, you can deliver what you promise, when you promise, at the cost you promise. If you want to succeed, no skills are more important.
- Understand the roles and goals of scheduling and cost control
- Construct realistic project plans
- Build an accurate Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
- Define and sequence activities
- Identify resource requirements
- Calculate activity durations
- Organize, analyze, and document schedules
- Estimate costs using best-practice tools and techniques
- Develop realistic budgets
- Track progress and manage risk
Master the essential scheduling and cost control skills needed for all levels of study and certification!
Table of contents
About the Author x
Schedule and Cost of Projects 1
Project Balance 2
What Is Control? 3
Organizational Influences 4
Solutions to Schedule and Cost Control 9
Part 1 Project Development 11
Chapter 1 Basic Project Structure 13
Projects, Programs, and Portfolios 14
Project Management Versus Program and Portfolio Management 17
Project Life Cycle 23
Review Questions 25
Chapter 2 Initiating Process 27
Project Origination 28
Project Stakeholders 31
Project Selection 34
Project Charter 52
Review Questions 55
Chapter 3 Planning Process 57
Develop Project Management Plan 58
Collect Requirements 63
Define Scope 66
Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) 70
Review Questions 75
Part 2 Project Schedule Analysis 77
Chapter 4 Activity Definition 79
Activity Analysis 80
Responsibility Assignment 88
Work Authorization 91
Review Questions 95
Applications Exercise for Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 95
Case Study Exercise for Chapter 4 96
Chapter 5 Activity Sequencing 97
Information for Sequencing 98
Defining Dependencies 102
Precedence Diagramming Method (PDM) 104
Review Questions 116
Applications Exercise 116
Chapter 6 Resource Estimating 117
Types of Resources 119
Resource Constraints 122
Resource Requirements 126
Resource-Estimating Methods 128
Review Questions 136
Applications Exercise 137
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