Higher Education

Successful Project Management, 6th Edition

  • Jack Gido Pennsylvania State University
  • James P. Clements West Virginia University
  • ISBN-10: 1285068378  |  ISBN-13: 9781285068374
  • 552 Pages
  • © 2015 | Published
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Teach your students everything they need to know to work successfully in today's exciting project management environment with Gido/Clements's SUCCESSFUL PROJECT MANAGEMENT, 6E. This best-selling text details how to organize as well as manage effective project teams, from planning and scheduling to cost management. Revised chapters closely align with the PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) framework and approach to ensure that students are learning today's best practices. Coverage of the latest business developments and challenges acquaint students with issues such as project constraints, stakeholder issues, the project charter, and how projects relate to an organization's strategic plan. Students learn the keys to effective communication both within and outside a team. A wealth of new and revised intriguing cases inspire discussion and debate, and new real-world vignettes give students firsthand insights into how to apply project management in the workplace. Other learning features and a variety of end-of-chapter practice activities reinforce concepts critical to project management success. Students also gain experience working with the latest version of today's most popular project management software--Microsoft® Project 2013. A trial version of this software is available for download on the student companion site to use with corresponding examples and exercises throughout this edition. SUCCESSFUL PROJECT MANAGEMENT, 6E and its accompanying comprehensive instructor support package provide everything you and your students need to manage projects effectively in business today.

Features and Benefits

  • RESTRUCTURED CHAPTERS ALGIN WITH THE PMBOK APPROACH. To ensure that the concepts your students are learning reflect today's best practices within project management, the chapters have been rearranged and restructured to align with the PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) framework and approach.
  • FUN AND ENGAGING CASES. Throughout this edition, cases place project management skills into practical context and prompt meaningful analysis and discussion among students.
  • DOWNLOADABLE TRIAL VERSION OF MICROSOFT® PROJECT 2013 PROVIDES PRACTICE WITH TODAY'S LEADING PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE. Prepare students to work with the most up-to-date project management software available. Students can download a trial version of the latest best-selling project management software--Microsoft® Project 2013—via the student companion website for this text. Students learn to master and maximize the efficiencies of this powerful tool as they complete problems throughout this edition.
  • STRAIGHTFORWARD, ACCESSIBLE APPROACH REFLECTS STATE-OF-THE-ART CONCEPTS. The authors have applied their years of firsthand project management experience to create an engaging, inviting presentation that focuses on the latest techniques and applications while de-emphasizing mathematical and overly technical detail.
  • COMPREHENSIVE CONTENT ADDRESSES EVERYTHING STUDENTS NEED TO KNOW TO WORK SUCCESSFULLY IN TODAY'S PROJECT ENVIRONMENT. Students learn the critical skills and knowledge they need to organize and manage effective project teams. This edition also emphasizes communication with a focus on how to document and communicate project developments both within and outside the team. In-depth coverage also delves into the details of planning, scheduling, and cost management.
  • "LEARNING OUTCOMES" AND "CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTOR" BOXES HIGHLIGHT THE KEY POINTS OF EACH CHAPTER. This edition helps students focus on each chapter's most important points as "Learning Outcomes" and "Critical Success Factors" provide brief overviews and reinforce the chapter's main ideas.
  • PROVEN END-OF-CHAPTER MATERIALS ENABLE STUDENTS TO APPLY CHAPTER CONCEPTS IN WRITING AND ONLINE. A wealth of practical questions and effective Internet exercises encourage students to apply the concepts covered in the chapter.
  • "REINFORCE YOUR LEARNING" QUESTIONS TEST STUDENTS' COMPREHENSION OF CONCEPTS. Useful questions designed to test students' understanding of key concepts are sprinkled throughout each chapter. "Reinforce Your Learning" questions ensure that students fully understand a concept before moving ahead.
  • COMPLETE TEACHING PACKAGE PROVIDES A WEALTH OF TIME-SAVING RESOURCES FOR COURSE PREPARATION AND PRESENTATION. Discover a wealth of time-saving support tools located on the Instructor's Resource CD for your convenience. Suggested teaching guidelines for each chapter, lecture outlines, answers to end-of-chapter questions, a comprehensive test bank, test creation software, and PowerPoint® slides allow you to efficiently create a dynamic, interactive learning environment.

Table of Contents

1. Project Management Concepts.
2. Identifying and Selecting Projects.
3. Developing Project Proposals.
4. Defining Scope, Quality, Responsibility, and Activity Sequence.
5. Developing the Schedule.
6. Resource Utilization.
7. Determining Costs, Budget and Earned Value.
8. Managing Risk.
9. Closing the Project.
10. The Project Manager.
11. The Project Team.
12. Project Communication and Documentation.
13. Project Management Organizational Structures.
Appendix A: Project Management Information Systems.
Appendix B: Project Management Websites.
Appendix C: Project Management Associations around the Globe.
Appendix D: Acronyms.
Reinforce Your Learning Answers.

What's New

  • UPDATED REAL-WORLD VIGNETTES. Give students an opportunity to see how successful project managers apply concepts in today's actual workplace with these engaging new vignettes. These intriguing, contemporary vignettes at the beginning and within each chapter give students a taste of project management skills in action.
  • UPDATED END-OF-CHAPTER EXERCISES. You and your students will find a variety of proven and contemporary learning tools and opportunities for practice that will thoroughly prepare students for success on tests and quizzes.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jack Gido

Jack Gido was most recently Director of Economic and Workforce Development and Director of PennTAP, the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program, at Penn State University. In this position, he directed the program, obtained funding, and provided leadership for a statewide staff who provide technology assistance and workforce development to Pennsylvania business and industry to improve their global competitiveness. Jack has 20 years of industrial management experience, including the management of productivity improvement and technology development projects. He holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University. Jack is a member of the Project Management Institute and the former president of the Upstate New York Chapter, and he teaches courses on project management.

James P. Clements

Dr. Clements currently serves as the 23rd President of West Virginia University and is a tenured Professor in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Prior to becoming President of WVU, Jim served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Economic Development and Community Outreach, Chair of the Computer and Information Sciences Department, and the Robert W. Deutsch Distinguished Professor of Information Technology at Towson University. He holds a Ph.D. in Operations Analysis from The University of Maryland Baltimore County, an M.S. in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is the author of more than 50 research publications. During the past 20 years Dr. Clements has served as a consultant for a number of public and private organizations. He is also a four-time winner of the Faculty Member of the Year Award given by students at Towson University.