Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Canadian Scholars
262 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
July 2018
Print ISBN: 9781773380889
New Edition Forthcoming | Spring 2021


Many books for introductory project management courses are written with heavy detail and are designed for experienced project managers running large-scale projects. In this slim guide, skilled expert Dave C. Barrett prepares students to manage projects with a “let’s walk before we run” approach, offering the perfect amount of detail for students new to the field who are lacking practical project experience. Learning only the most critical project management concepts and processes, students are taken through an ongoing case study that follows a moderately sized project from its initiation to completion.

This new book offers the actual project management documents produced during the case study and will equip readers with a solid understanding of why each of the processes are used, why the decisions are made, and how the pieces of project management fit together. Suitable for any discipline or industry, Understanding Project Management promises to be a light, engaging, and quick read.

Table of Contents


Part I: Introduction and the Initiating Phase

Chapter 1: Understanding the Project Environment
Chapter 2: Starting the Project  

Part II: The Planning Phase

Chapter 3: Stakeholder Planning
Chapter 4: Scope Planning 
Chapter 5: Schedule Planning
Chapter 6: Budget Planning
Chapter 7: Project Team Planning
Chapter 8: Quality Planning
Chapter 9: Risk Planning
Chapter 10: Communications Planning  

Part III: The Executing Phase

Chapter 11: Executing the Plan
Chapter 12: Managing Disruptions to the Plan: Issues and Change 
Chapter 13: Managing the Human Resources Aspects of the Project
Chapter 14: Reporting the Status of the Project  

Part IV: Project Procurement and the Closing Phase

Chapter 15: Project Procurement
Chapter 16: Closing the Project  

Part V: Agile Project Management

Chapter 17: An Overview of Agile Project Management  

Appendix: The Case Study Project Management Documents 



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