Project Management for the 21st Century, Second Edition

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9780124499669: Project Management for the 21st Century, Second Edition

Project Management for the 21st Century, Second Edition focuses on proven methods and lessons learned for dealing with projects in many different industries and settings. It addresses issues of organization, process, and technology, and explores how modern technology tools such as the Internet and World Wide Web can support effective project management and project success. The authors, successful managers and consultants to companies and agencies in more than 15 industries, developed the materials in this book over six years of teaching and advising.
The Second Edition addresses the current trends in collaborative project management, group resource deconflicting and allocation, and information sharing. It expands the guidelines and the use of modern technology, and spends more time on project analysis and costing and issue management. There are two new chapters in the Second Edition: "Collaborative Scheduling" and "Project Management Using the Internet."

Key Features
* Explores how to use collaborative and team project management as well as information sharing and access for improved project productivity
* Recommends how to use the Internet, World Wide Web, intranets, database management systems, project management software and other technologies to improve project management effectiveness
* Includes managerial, technical, and behavioral aspects of project management
* Provides specific advice for dealing with more than 100 commonly encountered problems
* Addresses projects, programs, and products of all sizes
* Contains real life experiences
* Explains how to effectively manage project issues and opportunities
* Describes how to prevent project failure and resolve crises
* Serves as a practical guide for setting up and managing projects with minimal hassle and overhead
* Features a down-to-earth, common sense writing style

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Praise for the Second Edition:
"The book contains a wealth of ideas to help veteran project managers crystallize their experiences and improve the management of their current or next project. For new or prospective project managers, it offers tips and guidance to help set them on the right course."
--COMPUTING REVIEWS

The challenge of managing projects is to combine the technology of the future with lessons from the past. In the Third Edition of Project Management for the 21st Century, noted authors Bennet Lientz and Kathryn Rea provide a modern, proven approach to project management. Properly applied without massive administrative overhead, project management can supply structure, focus, and control to drive work to success. The table of contents summarizes their approach:

Part 1 Understanding the Changes and Trends in Projects
Part 2 Defining and Setting up Successful Project Plans
Part 3 Managing the Project
Part 4 Selecting and Using Modern Project Management Methods and Tools
Part 5 Dealing with Project Change, Ending a Project, and What to Do Next

Each chapter contains guidelines and steps to take next. Modern, historical, and hypothetical examples make the book easy to use and understand.

About the Authors
Bennet P. Lientz is a consultant, teacher, and researcher. He is Professor of Information Systems at the Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Lientz was previously Associate Professor of Engineering at the University of Southern California and department manager at System Development Corporation, where he was one of the project leaders involved in the development of ARPANET, the precursor of the Internet. He is the author of more than 20 books and 60 articles on information systems, planning, project management, and E-Business.

Kathryn P. Rea is president and founder of The Consulting Edge, Inc., which was established in 1984. The firm specializes in E-Business, information technology, project management, and financial consulting. She has managed more than 65 major technology-related projects internationally and has advised on or carried out projects in government, energy, banking and finance, distribution, trading, retailing, transportation, mining, manufacturing, and utilities. She has successfully directed multinational projects in China, North and South America, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Australia.

About the Author:

Bennet Lientz has taught and consulted on project management for the past 28 years to more than 5000 people. He developed the concept of the management critical path, acted as project manager of the Internet, and turned around 10 failing projects. This Second Edition is Lientz' seventh book; he has also written more than 25 articles in various areas of project management.

Kathryn P. Rea is president and founder of The Consulting Edge, Inc., which was established in 1984. The firm specializes in E-Business, process improvement, project management, and financial consulting. Rea has managed more than 65 major technology-related projects internationally. She has advised on and carried out projects in government, engergy, banking and finance, distribution, trading, retailing, transportation, mining, manufacturing, and utilities. She is the author of eight books and more than 20 articles in various areas of information systems and analysis.

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