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Table of Contents

Contents: Preface to the tenth edition; Introduction to project management; Factors for project success or failure; Defining the project; Estimating project costs; First steps in planning the timescale; Financial appraisal and the business plan; Managing project risk; Project authorization; Project organization structures; Organization and initial conduct of management change and IT projects; The project manager and associated roles; Project breakdown structures; Detailed planning: an introduction to critical path networks; Detailed planning: critical path networks in practice; Scheduling resources, part 1: principles; Scheduling resources, part 2: practical advice; Scheduling project cash flows; Computer applications; Managing project start-up; Introduction to project contracts and purchase orders; Managing procurement and the supply chain; Managing progress; Managing changes; Managing project costs; Earned value analysis and cost reporting; Managing multiple projects, programmes and portfolios; Implementing business change projects; Managing project closure; Corporate managers’ support for the project manager; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Dennis Lock is a freelance writer who specializes in project management. His exceptionally wide industrial experience has included sub-miniature electronics, defence systems, heavy engineering and international mining, with a progression of successful management positions in all of those industries. He has fulfilled consultancy assignments in Britain and overseas and in recent years has taught project management to masters degree students as an external lecturer at two British universities. Of well over 50 books that he has written or edited, almost all have been published by Gower. Among his current work he is co-editing the first edition of a new Gower Handbook, The Gower Handbook of People in Project Management.


'Project Management by Dennis Lock, now in its 10th Edition, is a substantial, very thorough and practical book. From the contents it becomes obvious that the author has a broad range of project experience not just in a wide variety of types of project, but also from end to end - and then some...the contents and examples are applicable to projects worldwide...If you purchase the Tutor's Edition, the book also includes a CD ROM with over 600 PowerPoint slides supporting all of the first 28 chapters ... These timed slide presentations are well prepared and represent a valuable asset for instructors wishing to use the book as a basis for instruction.' R. Max Wideman P.Eng. FCSCE, FEIC, FICE, Fellow PMI, Project Management Wisdom, November 2013 Reviews of previous editions: '...As in the previous editions, the writing is always simple, clear and lucid, and the material is very logically organised. Students often comment that this book is the most readable of all the recommended books in my reading lists, and this is often the one which they choose to buy. I particularly dislike management jargon and this book is refreshingly free of it. It is a very practical book which appeals to the whole range of students I teach and I thoroughly recommend it. ' Dr Sally Brailsford, University of Southampton, UK 'This extensive and exhaustive book deals with almost every aspect of Project Management in its widest sense, including construction and civil engineering projects...The author is obviously very experienced in the field, and in teaching the field. This is aided considerably by the liberal inclusion of useful and informative illustrative case studies. Again, the writing style of the author is to be commended in that these are easily digested and very helpful in adding context to the concepts discussed in the relevant sections.' Building Engineer, 'I have been a fan of Dennis Lock's clarity of thought and objectivity for many years and thoroughly recommend this latest edition as the definitive, readable and practical guide to hands on project management.' Marine Engineers Review 'The simplicity of the book makes it an ideal text for exploring some of the more complex facets of project management. The book is well established and has been successfully used in educational settings and by engineers looking to update their skills. A particular strength is the emphasis on cost and identification, which pervade most areas. The book does an admirable job in explaining complicated ideas in a simple way, which is what has made this title an institution...' Darren Dalcher, founder and Director, National Centre for Project Management, Professor of Project Management, University of Hertfordshire 'Project Management - Tenth Edition is an excellent start or addition to any project manager's reference library. The comprehensive explanation of the project management process and tools provides both a quick review of specific topics and indepth examples.' PM World Journal, March 2014

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