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The Arborist's Field Guide to Project Management
The Arborist’s Field Guide to Project Management is specially designed, self-paced educational material that promotes the real use of Project Management principles, methods, and tools. The Field Guide draws upon arborists’ established knowledge for connection with core principles of project management, making them quickly available for real-world application and new insights. This integrated approach does not treat new material as an invasive species: it reveals familiar processes of trees as they reflect specific management principles.
This Field Guide is an important vehicle for using information “in the field”. Each chapter introduces its concerns through an arborist’s perspective, and identifies growth objectives and seed terms to direct the study. It delves into essential aspects of project management, followed by a glossary of specialized words. Concluding each chapter are WORK ITems – critical thinking exercises to prepare the student for certification opportunities.
The first chapter establishes the Project Management framework by using a clear description of its main structural components. The second chapter is dedicated to project communication, as ninety percent of a project manager’s time is spent employing some form of communication. The next three chapters address a component of “the triple constraint” phenomenon: Scope, Time, and Cost. Chapters on Risk and Quality round out the conceptual base of project management. The final chapter summarizes and orders all of the documentation produced during a project, and emphasizes the vital importance of documentation practices necessary for the successful completion of every project’s life cycle.
The Arborist’s Field Guide to Project Management is intended for all arborists – those with no formalized or practical knowledge of project management concepts, as well as those who have theoretical training but lack integrated field experience. This approach is as wide as the arborist’s profession – from arboriculture to landscape architecture, forestry, et cetera.