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Project Management Essentials a Key to Project Success

New book offers simple techniques and templates to help busy managers and team members manage their projects better.

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (September 10, 2013) — Virtually everyone manages projects of some type, big or small. Too often they’re expected to manage projects without the tools, knowledge, and skills they need to be successful. They’re expected to learn as they go, increasing the likelihood that their projects will be late, over budget, or even fail.

For those new to project management, unofficial project managers, or project team members, Project Management Essentials, Third Edition is the quickest and easiest way to learn how to manage projects successfully. The simple techniques and templates found in the book provide the essential tools needed to help insure that projects succeed. The book helps readers discover:

  • The key skills and knowledge needed to effectively manage projects
  • How to create an effective charter to start projects off right
  • Guidelines for building a usable project plan
  • Tips for breaking project work into manageable pieces
  • Techniques for accurately estimating project cost and schedule
  • Help in building a team and the different leadership styles that can be used to manage the team
  • Strategies to deal with conflict, change, uncertainty, and risk
  • How to report on the progress of the project and keep everyone concerned happy.

“The concepts of project management presented in this book are not rocket science,” said Deborah Bigelow Crawford, president of PM College. “They’re all common sense. Yet they require a framework to do projects right, and the will to adhere to it. Those who consistently use these simple tools have the potential to do great things.”

Project Management Essentials is written in short, clear chapters to make project management more easily understood. The authors, all valued senior faculty of PM College, bring both their business experience and their academic backgrounds to make these chapters come alive.

This updated edition offers even more templates and content than the widely used earlier editions and complies with the latest project management standard, the PMBOK Guide 5th Edition.

About the Authors

William P. Athayde, J.D., PMP, Ruth Elswick, PMP, and Paul Lombard, PMP, CQM, are senior instructors with PM College. They work directly with heads of organizations, business units, and PMOs to identify organizational learning objectives, deliver relevant training content, and achieve measurable behavior changes that lead to improved performance. Deborah Bigelow Crawford, PMP, is president of PM College and the former Executive Director of the Project Management Institute.

About Maven House Press

Maven House Press publishes books for business professionals to help them lead their organizations to greatness in unpredictable and fast moving times. For more information visit mavenhousepress.com.