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A Project Management Primer

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From Nick Jenkins about “A Project Management Primer”

Many projects fail because of the simplest of causes.

You don’t have to be a genius to deliver a project on time, nor do you have to be steeped in a mystical project management methodology to be a project manager. If an averagely competent person can’t deliver a project successfully after reading this primer then I will run buck naked through Times Square on my 75th birthday.

See if I don’t!

–Nick

About Nick Jenkins

Nick Jenkins is an IT manager with 10 years experience in software development, project management and software testing. He’s worked in various fields of IT development in Australia, Britain and the USA and occasionally he learned something along the way. Now he lives on the banks of the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia, and he publishes the odd guide to help aspiring IT professionals. Nick’s website can be found at www.nickjenkins.net.

Project Management Material in this Hut

Basic Principles – Ten Axioms for Success
Basic Principles – Scope Triangle
Basic Principles – The Critical Path
Basic Principles – The Mythical Man Month
Scope – Introduction
Scope – Scope, Visions and Goals
Scope – Scope, Visions and Goals – The Vision as Inspiration
Scope – Scope, Visions and Goals – Goals as a Filter for Requirements
Scope – Scope, Visions and Goals – A Decent Proposal
Scope – Scope, Visions and Goals – Return on Investment
Scope – Requirements
Scope – Requirements – Functional Requirements
Scope – Requirements – Non-Functional Requirements
Scope – Requirements – Stakeholders
Scope – Requirements capture – Introduction
Scope – Requirements Capture – Questionnaires
Scope – Requirements Capture – Interviews
Scope – Requirements Capture – User Observation
Scope – Requirements Capture – Conflicting Requirements
Scope – Documenting Requirements – Introduction
Scope – Documenting Requirements – SMART requirements
Scope – Documenting Requirements – The Language and Layout of Requirements Specifications
Scope – Documenting Requirements – Diagrammatic Methods
Scope – Documenting Requirements – A Sample Requirements Specification
Scope – Traceability
Planning – The Purpose of a Project Plan
Planning – The Elements of a Project Plan
Planning – The Fine Art of Scheduling – Principles of Scheduling
Planning – The Fine Art of Scheduling – The Format of Project Schedules – Milestones
Planning – The Fine Art of Scheduling – The Format of Project Schedules – A Simple Example
Planning – The Fine Art of Scheduling – The Format of Project Schedules – A More Complicated Example
Planning – The Fine Art of Scheduling – The Format of Project Schedules – Gantt charts
Planning – Costing and Budgeting – Introduction
Planning – Costing and Budgeting – Costing
Planning – Costing and Budgeting – Budgeting
Planning – Risk Management – Introduction
Planning – Risk Management – Risk Management Officer
Planning – Risk Management – Risk Profiles
Planning – Risk Management – Resolution of Risks
Planning – Risk Management – Recording Risks
Planning – Change Management – Introduction
Planning – Change Management – Change Management Process
Planning – Change Management – Tracking Change
Execution – The Myth of Task Completion
Execution – Managing People in Projects – Negotiation – Introduction
Execution – Managing People in Projects – Elements of Negotiation
Execution – Building a Team in Project Management
Implementation – Introduction
Project Implementation – Acceptance Testing
Project Implementation – Release Control
Project Implementation – Positive Perception
Project Implementation – Maintenance and Upgrades
Project Implementation – Training
Final Thoughts

This hut is complete.

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