Project Management, Planning and Control

Project Management, Planning and Control

Managing Engineering, Construction and Manufacturing Projects to PMI, APM and BSI Standards

7th Edition - February 18, 2017

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  • Author: Albert Lester
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081020203
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081020210

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Project Management, Planning and Control, Managing Engineering, Construction and Manufacturing Projects to PMI, APM and BSI Standards, Seventh Editions an established and widely recommended project management handbook. Building on its clear and detailed coverage of planning, scheduling and control, this seventh edition includes new advice on information management, including big data, communication, dispute resolution, project governance, and BIM. Ideal for those studying for Project Management Professional (PMP) qualifications, the book is aligned with the latest Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) for both the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Association of Project Management (APM), and includes questions and answers to help users test their understanding.

Key Features

  • Includes new sections on data collection and use, including big data
  • Contains major updates to sections on governance, adjudication, BIM, and agile project management
  • Focused on the needs and challenges of project managers in engineering, manufacturing and construction, and closely aligned to the content of the APM and PMI ‘bodies of knowledge’
  • Provides project management questions and answers compiled by a former APM exam assessor


Project and contract managers, planning engineers and program managers in the engineering, construction and manufacturing sectors; Those studying for professional project management qualifications through the PMI and APM; Students on project management courses as part of broader undergraduate and graduate programs

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. Project Definition

    • Project Definition
    • Time-Bound Project
    • Cost-Bound Project
    • Performance (Quality)-Bound Project
    • Safety-Bound Project

    Chapter 2. Project Management

    • Project Manager
    • Project Manager’s Charter
    • Project Office

    Chapter 3. Programme and Portfolio Management

    • Portfolio Management

    Chapter 4. Project Context (Project Environment)

    • Political
    • Economic
    • Social (or Sociological)
    • Technical
    • Legal
    • Environmental
    • Sustainability

    Chapter 5. Business Case

    • The Project Sponsor
    • Requirements Management

    Chapter 6. Investment Appraisal

    • Project Viability

    Chapter 7. Stakeholder Management

    • Direct Stakeholders
    • Indirect Stakeholders

    Chapter 8. Project-Success Criteria

    • Key Performance Indicators

    Chapter 9. Organization Structures

    • Functional Organization
    • Matrix Organization
    • Project Organization (Taskforce)

    Chapter 10. Organization Roles

    Chapter 11. Project Life Cycles

    Chapter 12. Work Breakdown Structures

    • Responsibility Matrix

    Chapter 13. Estimating

    • Subjective
    • Parametric
    • Comparative (by Analogy)
    • Analytical

    Chapter 14. Project Management Plan

    • Methods and Procedures

    Chapter 15. Risk Management

    • Stage 1: Risk Awareness
    • Stage 2: Risk Identification
    • Stage 3: Risk Assessment
    • Stage 4: Risk Evaluation
    • Stage 5: Risk Management
    • Monitoring
    • Example of Effective Risk Management
    • Positive Risk or Opportunity

    Chapter 16. Quality Management

    • History
    • Quality Management Definitions
    • Explanation of the Definitions

    Chapter 17. Change Management

    • Document-Control
    • Issue Management

    Chapter 18. Configuration Management

    Chapter 19. Basic Network Principles

    • Network Analysis
    • The Network
    • Durations
    • Numbering
    • Hammocks
    • Precedence or Activity on Node Diagrams
    • Bar (Gantt) Charts
    • Time-Scale Networks and Linked Bar Charts

    Chapter 20. Planning Blocks and Subdivision of Blocks

    • Pharmaceutical Factory
    • New Housing Estate
    • Portland Cement Factory
    • Oil Terminal
    • Multi-Storey Block of Offices
    • Colliery Surface Reconstruction
    • Bitumen Refinery
    • Typical Manufacturing Unit
    • Subdivision of Blocks

    Chapter 21. Arithmetical Analysis and Floats

    • Arithmetical Analysis
    • Critical Path
    • Critical Chain Project Management

    Chapter 22. The Case for Manual Analysis

    • The Planner
    • The Role of the Computer
    • Preparation of the Network
    • Typical Site Problems
    • The National Economic Development Office Report

    Chapter 23. Lester Diagram

    • Basic Advantages

    Chapter 24. Graphical and Computer Analysis

    • Graphical Analysis
    • Computer Analysis
    • History

    Chapter 25. Milestones and Line of Balance

    • Milestones
    • Line of Balance

    Chapter 26. Simple Examples

    • Example 1
    • Example 2
    • Example 3
    • Summary of Operation
    • Example 4 (Using Manual Techniques)

    Chapter 27. Progress Reporting

    • Feedback

    Chapter 28. Project Management and Network Planning

    • Responsibilities of the Project Managers
    • Information From Network
    • Site-Preparation Contract
    • Confidence in Plan
    • Network and Method Statements
    • Integrated Systems
    • Networks and Claims

    Chapter 29. Network Applications Outside the Construction Industry

    • Bringing a New Product onto the Market
    • Moving a Factory
    • Centrifugal Pump Manufacture
    • Planning a Mail Order Campaign
    • Manufacture of a Package Boiler
    • Manufacture of a Cast Machined Part

    Chapter 30. Resource Loading

    • The Alternative Approach

    Chapter 31. Cash-Flow Forecasting

    • Example of Cash-Flow Forecasting

    Chapter 32. Cost Control and EVA

    • SMAC – Man-Hour Control
    • Summary of Advantages
    • EVA for Civil Engineering Projects

    Chapter 33. Control Graphs and Reports

    • Overall Project Completion
    • Earned Schedule
    • Integrated Computer Systems
    • EVA % Complete Assessment

    Chapter 34. Procurement

    • Procurement Strategy
    • Pre-Tender Survey
    • Bidder Selection
    • Request for Quotation
    • Tender Evaluation
    • Purchase Order
    • Expediting, Monitoring and Inspection
    • Shipping and Storage
    • Erection and Installation
    • Commissioning and Handover
    • Types of Contracts
    • Subcontracts
    • Subcontract Documents
    • Insurance
    • Discounts
    • Counter-Trade
    • Incoterms

    Chapter 35. Value Management

    Chapter 36. Health, Safety and Environment

    • Construction, Design and Management Regulations
    • Health and Safety Plan
    • Health and Safety File
    • Warning Signs

    Chapter 37. Information Management

    • Objectives and Purpose
    • Data Collection
    • Big Data

    Chapter 38. Communication

    • Cultural Differences, Language Differences, Pronunciation, Translation and Technical Jargon
    • Geographical Separation, Location Equipment or Transmission Failure
    • Misunderstanding, Attitude, Perception, Selective Listening, Assumptions and Hidden Agendas
    • Poor Leadership, Unclear Instructions, Unclear Objectives, Unnecessarily Long Messages and Withholding of Information
    • Meetings

    Chapter 39. Team Building and Motivation

    • Team Development
    • The Belbin Team Types
    • Motivation
    • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
    • Herzberg’s Motivational Hygiene Theory

    Chapter 40. Leadership

    • Situational Leadership
    • Professionalism and Ethics
    • Competence

    Chapter 41. Negotiation

    • Phase 1: Preparation
    • Phase 2: Planning
    • Phase 3: Introductions
    • Phase 4: Opening Proposal
    • Phase 5: Bargaining
    • Phase 6: Agreement
    • Phase 7: Finalizing

    Chapter 42. Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution

    • Conciliation
    • Mediation
    • Adjudication
    • Arbitration
    • Litigation

    Chapter 43. Governance

    • Governance of Project Management
    • Conclusion

    Chapter 44. Project Close-Out and Handover

    • Close-Out
    • Handover

    Chapter 45. Project Close-Out Report and Review

    • Close-Out Report
    • Close-Out Review

    Chapter 46. Stages and Sequence

    • Summary of Project Stages and Sequence

    Chapter 47. Worked Example 1: Bungalow

    • Design and Construction Philosophy

    Chapter 48. Worked Example 2: Pumping Installation

    • Design and Construction Philosophy
    • Cash Flow

    Chapter 49. Worked Example 3: Motor Car

    • Summary

    Chapter 50. Worked Example 4: Battle Tank

    • Business Case for Battle Tank Top Secret

    Chapter 51. Primavera P6

    • Evolution of Project Management Software
    • Oracle Primavera P6

    Chapter 52. Building Information Modelling (BIM)

    • Introduction
    • History of BIM
    • What Is BIM
    • UK Government Recommendations
    • How BIM Is Applied in Practice
    • Linking Systems Through Open .NET Interfaces
    • Tekla BIMsight and Other Collaboration Tools
    • Savings With BIM
    • Sample BIM Projects
    • Interoperability and Principle Industry Transfer Standards

    Appendix 1. Agile Project Management

    Appendix 2. Abbreviations and Acronyms Used in Project Management

    Appendix 3. Glossary

    Appendix 4. Examination Questions 1: Questions

    Appendix 5. Bibliography

    Appendix 6. Words of Wisdom

    Appendix 7. Syllabus Summary Bullet Points

    Appendix 8. Sample Examination Questions 2: Bullet Point Answers

Product details

  • No. of pages: 650
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2017
  • Published: February 18, 2017
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081020203
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081020210

About the Author

Albert Lester

Albert Lester is a Chartered Civil, Mechanical and Structural Engineer with a lifetime of experience in project management for engineering design and construction projects. He has managed large projects for Tarmac, Sim Chem (Simon Engineering), Senior Engineering and Foster Wheeler Power Products and has accredited many project management courses for the Association for Project Management (APM), as well as setting and marking APM exams. He has taught and lectured widely on the topic at a number of universities including University College London (UCL), was a member of BSI and ISO panels developing new project management standards and acted as adjudicator and expert witness in many industrial and construction disputes.

Affiliations and Expertise

EUR. ING. Albert Lester, CEng, FICE, FIMechE, FIStructE, Hon FAPM, United Kingdom

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  • KearnW Fri May 21 2021


    Well balanced, mixing theory with real world applications. The author avoids packing the book to too much necessary drib drab that usually defines scholastic publications and gets to the raisson d'etre of the book.

  • Edgar R. Tue May 15 2018

    The Planning & Control Reference

    The book is the balance between theory and practice elements that makes you understand the mathematical foundations

  • KHALID N. Mon May 14 2018

    the book is very comprehensive

    the book is very comprehensive Yet it needs more depth and wide range could be then top class

  • Edgar R. Thu Dec 28 2017


    This book arouses interest to learning through its pages, and maybe the best thing: it makes you questioning about the fundamentals even if you are an experienced Planner/Controller.