Deciding if Project Management Is for

If you're like everyone else when making decisions that will affect your career, you want to know: what, where, when, why, and how. I hope to answer as many of these questions for you as I can.

So far, we've talked about the fact that project management is a hot topic, and it's a hot topic because it controls the projects that provide the lifeblood of the company. Now is the time to start laying the groundwork so you can make an informed decision.

My job is to present as much information as possible for you to determine if you want to be a project manager, and if so, at what level. I will begin that process by talking about the organizations through which you can network to meet people and hiring organizations and even job opportunities. Furthermore, these organizations can provide reference materials and paths to certification.

It is a good idea to be able to "talk the talk," so I've included a glossary at the end of the book. It contains the terms used in the book and the terms that will be thrown at you in the project management world.

Next, we will get into the detailed skill sets that are necessary to achieve the several levels of project and program management. No doubt you will want to improve your abilities to achieve further levels, so I'll provide a chapter that concentrates on this information. Gathering information is one thing but applying it is quite another. The book provides a part that outlines how these skills you worked so hard for can be applied at the different project levels. Then we will talk about applying those skills to projects of different sizes. At this point you may well want to advance your own career by quantum leaps rather than small steps. You can do this by viewing potential areas within your company that need project managers of your advanced standing or by changing companies. We'll go through the details of how to handle these changes before and after you make your moves.

Finally, you will find that project management is a constantly changing discipline. We will look at where project management is going and the personal advancements you need to keep up with the "bow wave." Let's get started.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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