Published here September, 2009.

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This book, Project Management for Mere Mortals, is designed to support practitioners who are new (or almost new) to project management, as well as experienced project managers who want to handle complex projects and organizational politics more effectively.

To this end, author Claudia Baca walks you through the five process groups of the Project Management Institute's: Initiation, Planning, Execution, Controlling, and Closing. Claudia examines each step from the perspective of the working project manager or team member, and goes into considerable detail over the tools and techniques relevant to each. In addition, she highlights the teaming and political issues you could encounter along the way and how to resolve them based on her experience.

Accordingly, you will learn how to:[40]

  • Scope projects and build workable timetables
  • Create budgets and use them to manage your project
  • Organize efficient work assignments
  • Build project teams, and keep them motivated
  • Determine quality goals, and decide "how good it has to be"
  • Identify and mitigate potential risks to your project
  • Control changes and stay on track
  • Close projects successfully, and
  • Capture and learn lessons for future projects

This book should prove particularly interesting and valuable to those in the information and corporate administration project industries.

R. Max Wideman
Fellow, PMI

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