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The Project Manager's Survival Guide: The Handbook for Real-World Project Management

Donald Penner
Battelle Press, 1994
ISBN 0-935470-72-7

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The Project Manager's Survival Guide is packed with information to help busy project managers stay on schedule. Filled with checklists, quick assessment tools, reminders and other helpful information, this book is a useful tool to be referenced and used throughout the life of any project.

Table of Contents:

  1. Getting Started
  2. The project Manager's Role
  3. Vision
  4. Defining Goals and Objectives
  5. Ownership
  6. Planning
  7. Organizing and Staffing
  8. Team Building
  9. Running the Project
  10. Reporting and Closedown

  11. Appendix A: An Assessment of Team Oriented Leadership
    Appendix B: The Project Manager's Checklist
    Appendix C: Messages from the Brass

The Project Manager's Survival Guide provides a no nonsense look into the tasks all project managers deal with daily. It is not filled with theory. Instead, it provides practical information and perspective on how we might all better respond to management challenges when operating in the real world of project management.

Through the use of evaluation checklists provided in Appendix A, this book allows project managers to systematically assess and rate their leadership skills. The checklists are based upon successful practices in the U.S. and abroad. The model includes dimensions in personal attributes and characteristics, orientation to continuous improvement, leadership skills and abilities, use of leadership processes and creating and maintaining effective teams. The checklist provided in Appendix B allows the user to pinpoint problems and maintain focus on key areas.

Contributed by Tom Smith, Integrated Project Systems

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