How to Manage a Great Project: On budget. On Target. On Time.

“Read this book, follow his advice, and you will succeed”

Anne-Marie O’Hara,
Head of Projects and Planning, National Trust for Scotland


So…
you’ve been asked to manage a project?

Not sure where to start?

Start here.

This is your ultimate one-stop, easy-going and very friendly guide to delivering any project of any size.

Even if you’re a first time, never-done-it-before, newbie project manager, How to Manage a Great Project will get you from start to finish on budget, on target and on time.

This book by Mike Clayton is published by Pearson and is available in paperback, Kindle and other eBook formats.

A Simple Eight-step Process

In just eight simple steps, you’ll be able to:

  • Get things started: understand the what, why, where and who of your project.

  • Plan for success: co-ordinate what needs doing and who needs to do it.

  • Make it happen: get everything done – in order and on time.

  • Keep on track: monitor your progress to stay in total control.

  • Wind things up: review, report and enjoy the well-earned results.

How to Manage a Great Project is your roadmap to project perfection – first time, every time.


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Author acknowledgements

How to Manage a Great Project

Mike’s Project Management guarantee 

How Managing a Great Project Works

  • Defining what we are talking about
  • The Project Manager
  • How Projects Work
  • A guide to How to Manage a Great Project
  • Lessons from the Real World

Step 1: What do You Want?

  • Essential Practices of Step 1
  • Before you Start: Step Zero
  • What do You Want?
  • How do You Want it?
  • How Much of it do You Want?
  • What does it Need to Look Like?
  • Putting it all Together
  • Lessons from the Real World

Step 2: Does it Stack Up?

  • Essential Practices of Step 2
  • Balancing Pros and Cons
  • Documenting the Rationale
  • Evaluating the Pros
  • Evaluating the Cons
  • Weighing the Balance
  • Making the Decision
  • Lessons from the Real World

Step 3: Who Cares?

  • Essential Practices of Step 3
  • Governance
  • Stakeholders
  • Plan your Communication
  • Lessons from the Real World

Step 4: How will You Get What You Want?

  • Essential Practices of Step 4
  • The Book of the Plan
  • Determine Key Points along the Way
  • Break down your Work into Chunks
  • Arrange the Chunks into a Sequence
  • Schedule the Chunks of Work
  • Identify what You Need, to do the Job
  • Planning for Quality
  • Lessons from the Real World

Step 5: Who Will Help?

  • Essential Practices of Step 5
  • Why You Need Help
  • Planning your Support
  • Sourcing Your Support
  • Managing
  • Leading
  • Lessons from the Real World

Step 6: What if it goes Wrong?

  • Essential Practices of Step 6
  • prevention is Better than Cure
  • What could go Wrong?
  • How Serious is It?
  • What could we Do about It?
  • Let’s Act!
  • Lessons from the Real World

Step 7: How is it Going?

  • Essential Practices of Step 7
  • Sitting on a Sofa
  • Monitoring
  • Controlling
  • Reporting
  • Controlling Change
  • Leading the Project
  • Delivering what You Promised
  • Lessons from the Real World

Step 8: How did it Go?

  • Essential Practices of Step 8
  • Handover
  • We Can’t Seem to Finish
  • Learning Lessons
  • Closing Down
  • Saying Thank You
  • Project Closure Memo
  • Lessons from the Real World

Learn the Lingo

Good Fortune!

Glossary

Anne-Marie O’Hara
Head of Projects and Planning, National Trust for Scotland

“Read this book, follow his advice, and you will succeed”

City Mummy
Amazon Review: ****

"The subject of project management can be very complicated. If you bring in all the different techniques, strategies and documents you can find yourself bogged down in a mire of detail and not being able to see the wood for the trees.

This book helps cut through the detail and focusses on the key issues with lots of practical tips and suggestions to help improve your project management and reduce the pain. Well worth a read."

There are over 30 ‘Organising Yourself’ tools and templates for you to download, along with videos and posters.

If you are not a reader, you are still welcome to download the tools, but you will find clear explanations of how to use them – along with the eight clear steps to managing a great project – in the book.  So I hope you will want to buy a copy soon.

All Steps

Step 1: What do you want?

Step 2: Does it stack up?

Step 3: Who cares?

Step 4: How will you get what you want

Step 5: Who will help?

Step 6 What if it goes wrong?

Step 7: How is it going?

Step 8: How did it go?

Mike’s Project Management Guarantee

Some popular project management books are witty; some are quirky.  Some are filled with clever quotes and some are written for idiots.

This book is not one of them.

Instead, this book offers you certainty: certainty that, if you follow its guidance, you will feel in control of your project.  It won’t treat you like an idiot, but it will give you the confidence and certainty you want.

If you read and follow How to Manage a Great Project, it will guide you, step-by-step, through your project.  It will enable a first-time, never-done-it-before project manager to succeed, and to deliver your project on budget, on target and on time.

And in support of that, I want to offer you a guarantee; not that you will deliver on budget, on target and on time, because there are far too many things I cannot influence that might get in the way.  But what project managers crave, above all else, is control: the feeling that they know what is happening and can influence events.  When you feel in control, you have a great project.

If you follow the eight simple steps in this book and, in particular, if pay full attention to twelve essential elements, you will feel in control of your project.  You will manage a great project.

That is my guarantee.

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