PM4DEV E-books. These are free resources that contain practical advice and insight on the practice of modern project management in the development field. These e-books present the best current thinking and span the entire range of contemporary business practice. Each e-book gives you the key concepts behind the subject and the techniques to implement the ideas effectively.
The Project Management Processes. This books presents the nine management processes required to manage a projects. Includes the four processes to manage the project constrains of scope, schedule, budget and quality and five additional supporting processes to manage the team, stakeholders, information, risk and contracts.
This ebook presents the various structures to organize project management and the advantages and disadvantages of each one. The ebook also discuses the various management styles that influence the organization of a project; it also presents the concepts on project governance process for sharing decisions rights about projects for monitoring the performance of project interventions.
The Project Management Cycle, This ebook introduces the concept of managing a project using a cyclical approach. Development project management consists of six phases; initiating, planning, implementing, monitoring, adapting and closing. Its an integrated approach that provides for the continuous cycle that includes learning through all the phases.
One of the mistakes development organizations make is appointing a project manager only for the depth of her technical skills. It is not unusual to find a good engineer being promoted to project manager just for her technical competence. While it is true that one must have a good understanding of the technical aspects of the project, the principal areas of competence that are required in the management competence areas and these include communicating; planning, negotiating, coaching, decision-making, and leadership.
Scope Management includes the processes required to ensure that the project includes all the work required, and only the work required to complete the project successfully. Project scope management’s primary concern is with defining and controlling what is and is not included in the project. Scope is the description of the boundaries of the project and helps define the expectations of what the project will achieve.