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About the Author Mike Clayton

Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 13 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management.

Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was an successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects.

In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.

About founding OnlinePMCourses

When I was at the start of my career, I wanted to get an opportunity to manage my first project. But my boss told me I couldn't do that untilI had had some training. But being a small company, there was no training on offer. I was caught in a Catch 22.

At the time, I would have paid good money for a structured introduction to project management.

And, as I progressed and needed more knowledge in specialised areas, like risk management and stakeholder engagement... all there was were heavy textbooks or lightweight magazine articles. What I wanted was more of the practical lessons from the trainers I'd had.

So that, in a nutshell, is why I built OnlinePMCourses.

I hope it helps you build the project management career you want.

Mike's Project Management Books

You can see (and buy from Amazon) all of Mike's project management books, at the OnlinePMCourses bookshop.

How to Manage a Great Project: On Budget, On Target, On Time

'This is a really good, practical no nonsense guide to project management. Mike Clayton genuinely wants you to succeed and if you read this book and follow his advice, the chances are you will.'

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

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.

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Author acknowledgements

How to Manage a Great Project

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

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