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Project Scheduling and Cost Control

Project Scheduling and Cost Control

Planning, Monitoring and Controlling the Baseline
By James Taylor
Hardcover, 6x9, 312 pages
ISBN: 978-1-932159-11-0
November 2007

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“With this book, Jim Taylor has captured the essence of project scheduling and cost control as a process versus just an activity, teaching the reader the true art and science of this vital process.”

Bob McGannon, Director, Mindavation

"Finally, there is a book that describes the theoretical and practical applications of project schedule and cost planning and control covering the how and what it means for two difficult practical problems in all projects. This book explains, simply and practically, how to produce a schedule, create an estimate, and then execute the project. It is definitely an important resource for the new or experienced PM."

Joe R. "Chip" Stilwell, Stilwell and Associates of the USA, Inc.
About the Item
Schedule and cost control are the key elements of successful project management. Yet, over 80% of all projects start with underestimated schedules and costs and are doomed to exceed projections before they begin. This clear and concise book demonstrates how to establish realistic estimates for successful project completion. It illustrates how to control a project’s schedule and costs, but more importantly, it shows the reader how to develop the project’s plans and processes so that controlling the schedule and costs are achievable goals.
Key Features
  • Shows how to map capabilities against customer requirements and what to do when they don’t match
  • Offers a clear understanding of the activities, concepts, techniques, and tools of project schedule and cost control that can be applied to any industry
  • Contains numerous cases studies, examples and exercises to demonstrate all the techniques and tools needed to develop and use a successful schedule and cost control system and to aid instruction
  • Provides techniques for developing more accurate schedule and cost estimates, monitoring and controlling schedules and costs so that the project stays in the baseline guidelines and for assessing and recovering projects that are outside established control parameters
  • Gives recommendations for improving organizational processes that support project management activities
  • WAV offers downloadable schedule & cost control templates and a slide presentation highlighting critical points related to these components — available from the Web Added Value Download Resource Center at www.jrosspub.com
  • About the Author(s)
    James C. Taylor, PMP, has nearly 40 years of highly diversified experience in project and program management, marketing, and business development in both the public and private sectors. His principal experience is in the information technology and engineering training industries including the design and development of flight simulator equipment and computer based flight-training courses for the U.S. Military. Mr. Taylor has taught graduate courses in project management, leadership, and negotiation skills and strategies at Marymount University in Virginia and project management at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. He has designed, developed, and taught numerous core and IT project management courses as well as contracting courses for project managers. He also was previously the Senior Advisor at ESI International, the world’s largest provider of project management training and actively managed the development and update of all of ESI’s project management courses. Jim has been an active speaker over the years and he has authored numerous articles and books in the field of project management.

    Mr. Taylor has a BS in Mathematics and a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering all from Auburn University and a MS in Organizational Development from Marymount University. He is a consultant in project management and project management training. Mr. Taylor lives in Peachtree City, Georgia.
    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1:  Introduction

    Chapter 2:  Identifying and Developing Customer Requirements

    Chapter 3:  Work Breakdown Structure and Baseline Development

    Chapter 4:  Scheduling

    Chapter 5:  Cost Categories

    Chapter 6:  Estimating and Budget Determination

    Chapter 7:  Planning the Project

    Chapter 8:  The Implementation Phase

    Chapter 9:  Monitoring and Control

    Chapter 10:  Understanding the Project Change

    Chapter 11:  Successfully Closing the Project

    Appendix:  Tools and Templates

    Index

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