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Managing Projects (HBR 20-Minute Manager Series)

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Feb 18, 2014


You've been asked to manage a key project--or perhaps you've volunteered for an assignment that could advance your career. So how do you make sure the project succeeds? Managing Projects walks you quickly through the basics, including:

  • Drawing up a realistic schedule and project plan
  • Monitoring key tasks and benchmarks
  • Communicating with stakeholders
  • Bringing the project to a close

Don't have much time? Get up to speed fast on the most essential business skills with HBR's 20-Minute Manager series. Whether you need a crash course or a brief refresher, each book in the series is a concise, practical primer that will help you brush up on a key management topic. Advice you can quickly read and apply, for ambitious professionals and aspiring executives--from the most trusted source in business. Also available as an ebook.

Feb 18, 2014

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Managing Projects (HBR 20-Minute Manager Series) - Harvard Business Review

Managing Projects

Get up to speed fast on essential business skills. Whether you’re looking for a crash course or a brief refresher, you’ll find just what you need in HBR’s 20-Minute Manager series—foundational reading for ambitious professionals and aspiring executives. Each book is a concise, practical primer, so you’ll have time to brush up on a variety of key management topics.

Advice you can quickly read and apply, from the most trusted source in business.

Titles include:

Creating Business Plans

Delegating Work

Finance Basics

Managing Projects

Managing Time

Managing Up


Running Meetings

Managing Projects

Create your schedule

Monitor your budget

Meet your goals


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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Managing projects.

       pages cm. — (20-minute manager series)

   ISBN 978-1-62527-083-2 (alk. paper)

   1. Project management.

   HD69.P75M3634 2014



ISBN: 978-1-62527-088-7 (ebook)


You’ve been asked to manage a project. Or you know you soon will be.

No surprise there, since every business involves a lot of projects. If you’re a leader—or if you hope to become one—then project manager will eventually be part of your job description.

But don’t worry. You’re starting with the right book. Here you’ll get a brief, useful tour of what’s involved in:

• Defining a project.

• Setting clear goals and milestones.

• Putting together a terrific team.

• Keeping stakeholders in the loop.

• Dealing with problems like scope creep and cost overruns.

• Bringing your project to a successful close.


The Basics

What constitutes a project

What project management involves

The four phases of every project

Planning Your Project

Define the real problem

Identify your stakeholders

Set the project’s goals

Prepare for trade-offs

Spell out the tasks

Building Up Your Project

Assemble your team

Set the schedule

Develop a budget

Managing Your Project

Delegate—but track results

Monitor progress against the schedule

Monitor progress against the budget

Ensure quality control

Report progress to stakeholders

Dealing with Your Project’s Problems

Scope creep


Budget overruns

People issues

Bringing Your Project to a Successful Conclusion

Prepare the handoff

Conduct a post-project evaluation

Develop a useful final report

Thank everyone—and prepare for the next project

Test Yourself

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Managing Projects

The Basics

The Basics

To begin, let’s talk about what a project is and what project management is all about. As you’ll see, every project can be broken down into four phases—planning, build-up, implementation, and closeout—which makes the whole enterprise a lot easier to get your mind around. You’re likely to encounter bumps along the way, so we’ll also touch on how to handle the most common problems.

What constitutes a project

A project is a good-sized task that someone wants done. Unlike a process, it has a beginning, middle, and end. Building a house is a project. So is launching a new product or developing a new marketing campaign.

Some companies are project-based—that’s all they do. Think of construction and engineering firms, custom manufacturers, advertising agencies, and so on.

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