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“The Metis of Projects” addresses veteran project manager Ben Berndt’s unease with the use of established (project) management frameworks given their general inefficacy. Despite the use of these frameworks, it is estimated that some 30% of projects still fail because they deliver too late, cost more than expected and/or lack quality. Often, projects and their environments are too complex to be controlled by rather linear frameworks. Where most practitioners define complexity as "complicated," most academics define complexity (more correctly) as interrelatedness. In recent years, the academic community has developed several "levelofcomplexity frameworks;" however, these frameworks are not commonly known to practitioners and are therefore not regularly used. And, when examined further, these frameworks appear to be merely environmental scans, used to assess the level of complexity in the project management environment. But projects also carry inherent complexity; they are socially complex, and it is this social complexity that—paradoxically—needs management. Combined with personality assessments, social network theory is used here to glean a better understanding of the social complexity in a project. Berndt believes that, following Hugo Letiche and Michael Lissack's emergent coherence concept, managers should steer clear of frameworks in order to come to grips with the complex, and so he introduces whole systems methodologies, in which group understanding is used to continually set a next step. Berndt concludes his study by describing his multiview, multitool participative project management style, which he thinks best aligns with (managing) the complex.
“For the first time, the basic steps and skill set required for successful project management is specifically adapted to the procurement process. Procurement Project Management Success is a practical guide that will help purchasing professionals manage their procurements in a cost-effective, systematic, and timely manner.”

—Sherry R. Gordon, President, Value Chain Group LLC

Based on the author’s real world experience during the course of her career in supply management, engineering, and as a project management professional, this unique guide demonstrates a practical and proven approach to using project management strategies, tools, and techniques to consistently create successful procurement practices that go beyond mere cost savings.

Procurement Project Management Success integrates supply management best practices and processes with those applicable from the field of project management. It explains how to initiate, plan, manage, and complete both simple and complex procurement projects successfully. Through the use of scheduling, communication plans, risk management and other project management processes, these procurements satisfy stakeholders by setting expectations, continuously communicating status, and getting the best value for the dollar. This book shows project managers all the steps and processes used in procurement, and details for procurement professionals how adding and applying a few project management processes and techniques to their skill set can substantially improve both their company’s results and their career opportunities.

Operations managers: use project management (PM) tools and techniques to supercharge efficiency, free up resources, eliminate unnecessary meetings, and get more done faster! Long-time operations manager and PMP-certified project manager Randal Wilson shows how to apply PM to complete the crucial "smaller" tasks that can help your organization quickly achieve sizable performance improvements. Wilson guides you in utilizing PM-style processes, structure, communication techniques, and tools throughout operations, wherever they make sense and drive value. You'll learn how to plan, implement, and measure the success of high-impact changes, and organize key tasks so they actually get done. Wilson introduces specific PM-based techniques for eliminating waste in engineering, manufacturing, distribution, and inventory control, plus a full chapter of insights for improving virtually any supply chain. He shows how to use PM to improve the way you manage teams, schedules, budgets, and other resources, and helps you systematically predict, plan for, and mitigate operational risks. Using PM, you'll learn how to improve cooperation with other managers within operations, in other lines of business, and with senior executives. You'll discover better ways to "design in" efficiency right from the start, and learn how to choose and use tools that make you even more effective over time. The Operations Manager's Toolbox will be an invaluable resource for every current operations manager, everyone moving into operations, and every project manager seeking to apply their skills in new venues.
Maligned and misunderstood yet supremely important, project management is the cornerstone of any strong and successful enterprise. And, as with any domain, there is much to learn from the experts. But books on project management have usually demanded significant commitments of time and effort. Until now.

Enter '#PROJECT MANAGEMENT tweet', a handy little companion that brings you tweet-sized yet powerful insights into project management. Written by Guy Ralfe and Himanshu Jhamb, both veterans in the field, the book distills the authors' decades of experience, and offers you their wisdom and expertise without expecting you to commit several days into absorbing their lessons. As the authors explain, it was time someone wrote a book on Project Management that could be read from cover to cover in less than an hour.

'#PROJECT MANAGEMENT tweet's' quick-read and accessible format makes sure that you immediately 'get' the authors' thought-provoking and time-tested insights and apply them directly to your own project management situations. Its tweet-sized wisdom keeps the reader's perspective firmly in mind. In concise chapters, the authors cover what your bosses, your team members and your customers would wish you to know about project management. Among the many gems the author share is this takeaway: Every 'unknown' in a project can be guaranteed to introduce a 'known' risk. But, with '#PROJECT MANAGEMENT tweet' near at hand, you can be assured of immediately minimizing your risks and multiplying your successes in project management.

Does your job require you to manage projects? If yes, wouldn't you like to be described as a project manager who is a successful, influential and respected leader of important efforts in the organization? Now if that already sounds like you, great! But if not, what you need to get there is known as 'business savvy.'

Business savvy does not mean a bagful of academic credentials, nor does it necessarily equate to a good deal of experience. So what exactly is it? Cinda Voegtli knows, and she now shares it with you in #BUSINESS SAVVY PM tweet Book01


A business savvy project leader is one who becomes an advocate for the project from the perspective of its end customers and its business value to the company. She or he focuses on clarity and communications with everyone--the project sponsors, the team and customers. The business savvy project manager knows that the success of a project depends on building relationships that engender trust. In short, such a project manager establishes herself or himself as leader from the starting line.

Cinda Voegtli's experience shines through, cover to cover. She discovered project management the hard way; not just the tools and techniques of managing tasks and timelines, but the hidden angles and nuances too. After receiving mixed signals about a project manager's role from a string of initial experiences, she learned how to fulfill the most important responsibility of all--making sure that every project actually delivers meaningful results for the business. She realized that, given the time and resource constraints so many projects face, it's easy for goals to get muddled and projects to get off track, with lots of hard work unfortunately followed by only marginal benefits to the business!

In #BUSINESS SAVVY PM tweet Book01 you will perceive the path to understanding the business value of a project--and why your company is undertaking it. Among other things, you will develop a keen sense of the company's strategy, and of how your project fits in the big picture. You will learn the importance of staying focused on the project's business ROI and its other customer or strategy focused goals.

As one would expect from a person of her experience, Cinda Voegtliwrites in the universally-actionable tweet format. You will find succinct truths like this one: A successful project manager knows that consensus is not always possible: Everyone can live with it & support it is the goal. Or hard-nosed wisdom like this: As PM, you ask yourself: Should this project even exist?

With clarity and focus, and without shying away from the clear-eyed decision making that good project management needs, this book sets you on the path to being business savvy--about your project, your organization and yourself.

#BUSINESS SAVVY PM tweet Book01 is part of the THiNKaha series whose 112-page books contain 140 well-thought-out quotes (tweets/ahas).

A Breakthrough Framework for Adaptive Project Management from Project Management Guru Robert K. Wysocki

For an increasing number of critical projects, traditional project management models simply are not appropriate. In many cases, complete requirements and objectives cannot be specified up front, and significant changes cannot be avoided. What’s needed is an entirely new framework for project management: one that combines agile methods with the profession’s most enduring best practices. In this book, Robert K. Wysocki provides that framework—the Adaptive Project Framework (APF)—and shows how to apply it in any domain.

Wysocki, one of the world’s leading project management consultants, has spent decades helping large organizations succeed with complex projects. Drawing on everything he’s learned, he explains why a fundamentally new framework is needed and introduces all five phases of that framework. He covers artifacts, processes, and deliverables, and shows how to utilize each phase most effectively in your environment. Through four detailed case studies, you’ll discover how APF can help you adapt to unexpected events, encouraging creative responses based on open partnerships between clients and project teams.

Coverage includes

Bringing greater flexibility and speed to any project, regardless of its goals or context Moving forward successfully with projects that have vague requirements Discovering what clients really want, not just what they say they want Managing ongoing scope changes throughout a project Customizing APF to your own environment Integrating APF with existing agile software development methods Using APF to overcome the obstacles to success Preparing for the future of project management

This book is written for every project participant—project and program managers, software and product developers, process designers, and business analysts—who needs to deliver results in a world that won’t stand still.

Bad business one-on-one or group relationships create stress, destruction and unproductively. Likewise, without great relationships, our personal lives can be empty, boring and lonely.

This book is packed with great ideas, techniques and many checklists to make great things happen for you. At minimum you will find something and typically many things which will reward your investment in this book, with better relationships. Great relationships will generate monetary as well as a flood of other positive differences in your life.

Your life is worth it!

Think about all the many types of projects in your business and personal life. A project is a temporary endeavor which produces unique results. Weddings, business mergers and implementation of new corporate technologies are all projects.

Each of these examples is temporary. You may be enjoying your wedding reception. But it ends sometime, so that you can begin the enchanting honeymoon. That stressful project to merge two departments seems excruciatingly long, but it also does end some time.

Each of these examples of projects is unique. Even if you have been married eleven times before, each project to prepare for the wedding will be different. In business, some other company may have implemented the same accounting software package. However, your company has unique accounting numbers, practices and stakeholders.

Unique, temporary, limited resources the list goes on and on. They all conspire to make your life challenging, stressful maybe even traumatic, particularly your relationships with others.

Master the skills, practical how-to techniques and tips in "The Extraordinary Power of Project Relationships". Your business life will be much more successful and so will your personal life. Invest in reading, learning and appropriately applying these techniques. Use the book as a handy reference as you perform project work in the office as well as your personal life.

Reward yourself. Your relationships will get better. You deserve to make their life as good as it can be!

Also, good news! If you are or aspire to be a Project Management Professional (PMP) or are or want to be a Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP), this book covers all the major interpersonal and leadership elements of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK ®Guide) and Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK ®).

The book addresses everything in PMBOK's Appendix G Interpersonal Skills including:

- Leadership

- Teambuilding

- Motivation

- Communication

- Influencing

- Decision-making

- Political and cultural awareness

- Negotiation

Similarly this book addresses BABOK's Chapter 9.0 Underlying Competencies including:

- Analytical thinking

- Problem-solving

- Behavioral characteristics

- Communication skills

- Interaction skills

Delight in the Results of the Extraordinary Power of Project Relationships.

Perform, profit and prosper.

“Robert Wysocki does it again, and again.  He has evolved from a project management expert and guru to the preeminent thought leader on managing complexity in the 21st century!  Wysocki’s approach is to use an adaptive framework and decision-making tool which includes a robust project management methodology that seamlessly integrates change, and can be applied to all types of projects across industries. This adaptive complex project framework is aligned with the most contemporary principles of innovation, agility, and lean approaches to change, and represents the most advanced thinking in applied complex project management to date.”
—Kathleen Hass, Project Management and Business Analysis Practice Leader, Consultant, and PMI award-winning author of Managing Complex Projects: A New Model

With technology continuing to invade the business world and the convergence of complexity, uncertainty, and constant change, a whole new class of projects has emerged for which traditional project management models such as Waterfall are totally insufficient. These are called complex projects. Extreme Project Management models and a variety of Agile Project Management models such as Scrum, Rational Unified Process, Feature-Driven Development, and Dynamic Systems Development Method have emerged, but project failure rates have not been measurably reduced. 

Effective Complex Project Management offers a proven solution to managing any project that must succeed in the face of organizational complexity and market uncertainty, in the form of an adaptive complex project framework. Developed, refined, and validated through 20+ years of client experiences and feedback from project management thought leaders, this framework and robust methodology has demonstrated a favorable impact on project and program management success rates. 

Dr. Wysocki demonstrates that for program and project managers to be consistently successful in managing complex projects, they need to include in their project management portfolio of processes an adaptive framework that continuously analyzes and adapts to changing and modifying conditions even to the point of changing project management models mid-project. The author’s adaptive complex project framework is currently the only robust tool to offer an orderly approach to do just that. When applied and managed correctly, this intuitive framework that proceeds from ideation to set-up to execution has proven to deliver on the purpose of programs and projects without fail, in the form of desired business value.

Doctoral Thesis / Dissertation from the year 2006 in the subject Business economics - Business Management, Corporate Governance, The Open University (Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom), 235 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: The growing penetration of projects as a way of organising work in many organisations has created a shortcoming between what companies expect in terms of project delivery and the way in which their project managers execute projects. The constantly changing demands have created a need for project managers to manage the people in their projects more effectively to meet these expectations. A review of the general and project management literature has revealed that a shortcoming exists and the nature of this shortcoming. What used to be appropriate skills in working with people are no longer adequate now that working practices are changing in response to increases in pressures to achieve better results. This thesis has developed a competence and behaviour model for skills in working with people for project managers that provides the means to fill the shortcoming. The exploration to develop this model has taken place mainly through interviews with project managers from the community of practice in United Kingdom organisations, supplemented by the participatory research observations of the researcher as a practising project management professional. The research focus was on the impact humans make in the activities of project management, within a socially constructed world. The research considered competences and behaviours of skills in working with people for project managers and, therefore, had to deal with the meaning that people put on their observations. As a consequence, their descriptions have been collected, analysed and interpreted by applying a constructivist interpretivist approach within a phenomenological research paradigm. The results from this study are of interest to both academics and the community of practice in project management. The new competence and behaviour model of skills in working with people for project managers can be incorporated in future editions of bodies of knowledge such as those promoted by the PMI, APM or IPMA, and other people competence models in the area of general management.
The practical approach that Colin Dobie prescribes is as applicable to the experienced project manager as it is anyone entering the field.'

Ernest J. Nielsen, Brigham Young University, USA

A no-nonsense approach to project management. Essential reading for all project managers and project team members.'

Peter Dechaineux, Inaugural Chairman, Australian Institute of Project Management, Australia

Excellent coverage of all the material required in easy to follow steps. It places activities in logical context. Essential reading for China's many project managers.'

Professor Yuan, Chairman, Asia-Pacific Federation of Project Management.'

Colin Dobie has very comprehensively detailed out the intricacies needed to manage projects. Well done.'

Adesh Jain, President, PM Guru Inc. and President, IPMA

Whether you are creating a new product or building a power station, you need to know how to manage the myriad elements in a project to ensure it is completed on time, on budget and to a high standard.

A Handbook of Project Management is a practical and comprehensive guide for project managers working on small and large projects in any field.

Colin Dobie systematically maps the four phases in the project lifecycle: initiation, planning, implementation and finalisation. He outlines the processes and techniques of the nine functions of project management, and how they are applied during the project lifecycle. He also explains what a project manager is expected to deliver, and the roles of team leaders and team members.

Drawing on international standards and bodies of knowledge, as well as Colin Dobie's extensive industry and training experience in several countries, A Handbook of Project Management is an indispensable guide for anyone who wants to develop their skills in project management. It is extensively illustrated with examples, templates, exercises and checklists, making it valuable resource for experienced project managers.
This comprehensive book gives a conceptual, analytical and evaluative study of the principles and practices of Project Management and Control systems in a student-friendly manner. The book provides an overview of project management, and gives a detailed analysis of project life cycle and its different phases, identification of project opportunities, and sources of project ideas. It describes in detail various considerations and priorities in setting up projects at macro and micro levels, project appraisal, and various types of organisation structures. Besides, the book also explains the different ways and means of financing projects, the sources of finance nationally and internationally, the need for estimation of project cost, and different aspects of post-project review. Finally, the book dwells on computer aided project management to demonstrate how the computer can help the management in handling all project activities efficiently. Primarily intended as a text for the postgraduate students of commerce and management, the book can also be authoritatively used by the researchers, project managers, consultants, and corporate policy and decision makers. KEY FEATURES : Describes various aspects of contract management in great detail with live examples. Explains the risks encountered by MNCs in an international project and the remedies available to handle these risks effectively. Contains a Glossary to explain the core concepts. Provides a large number of graphs, charts, tables, illustrative examples and appendices to help readers in analytical understanding of the subject.
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