Featured here are some of the foremost practitioners and researchers from academia, consulting, and private industry, sharing their various areas of project management expertise and providing a wide range of perspectives on everything from risk management to resource planning to ethics management.
Focusing on both the technical and human sides of the field, this unique resource follows the main points of the "project management body of knowledge"-the certification standard of the Project Management Institute. The experts address the procedures and processes for planning and managing projects and explore project team/group dynamics, examining the interpersonal relations and the political and organizational considerations that can impact a project.
Over half of large-scale engineering and construction projects—off-shore oil platforms, chemical plants, metals processing, dams, and similar projects—have miserably poor results. These include billions of dollars in overruns, long delays in design and construction, and poor operability once finally completed.
Industrial Megaprojects gives you a clear, nontechnical understanding of why these major projects get into trouble, and how your company can prevent hazardous and costly errors when undertaking such large technical and management challenges.Clearly explains the underlying causes of over-budget, delayed, and unsafe megaprojects Examines effects of poor project management, destructive team behaviors, weak accountability systems, short-term focus, and lack of investment in technical expertise Author is the CEO of the leading consulting firm for evaluating billion-dollar projects
Companies worldwide are rethinking their large-scale projects. Industrial Megaprojects is your essential guide for this rethink, offering the tools and principles that are the true foundation of safe, cost-effective, successful megaprojects.
Together with the software, the book provides the user with the opportunity to experience complex Project Management situations, understand the situation, develop alternative ways to cope with it and select the best alternative based on rigorous analysis.
Project Team Builder (PTB), the software that accompanies this book, is web-based, please visit http://www.sandboxmodel.com.
—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.
Project management has several underlying philosophies, principles, and epithets as motivation for executing a project. Following a project plan creates an atmosphere of progress toward an eventual goal in terms of incremental steps, recognized as tasks and activities. Taken together, the set of activities constitutes an identifiable project that can be managed with corporate-oriented techniques of project management. Any of the standard self-help guides and self-development pieces of advice can fit into the overall repertoire of project management methodologies.
Reflecting the authors artistic interests, the book has generous embedding of figures and diagrams to illustrate applications of project management concepts. Topics covered include project planning, project organizing, scheduling, project monitoring, progress tracking, control, and close-out. Guiding and motivational philosophies also abound throughout the book.
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.
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).
In a clear, concise format, he shares best practices so project managers can demonstrate their expertise and distinguish themselves as leaders in the field. He also explores how project managers canimprove communication with members of the team; keep team members accountable; provide assistance to fix problems; and pick the management style that works best.
Organized by the topics that most directly affect project deliveryaccountability, transparency, communication, governance, control, leadership, and toolsthe advice is simple and easy to put into action. Numerous case studies on projects that succeeded and on those that went wrong help organizations duplicate victories and avoid pitfalls.
Whether youre a project manager or someone higher up in the organization, you can gather the tools you need to help your team get the job done right with A Pocket Guide for Project Managers.
Authors David Wirick and Gretchen Bond, both certified project managers, bring years of experience in project management and organizational change management to their guidebook. The Project Management Imperative is designed for managers who are frustrated with project failures as well as those who must work in the chaos of modern organizations. Wirick and Bond present a comprehensive model for project management capacity development that includes:Creating buy-in and building the project management business case Identifying necessary skills and applying appropriate learning programs Creating solid project management processes Building sound organizational structures for project management Managing the knowledge and change that project management will require
The Project Management Imperative details the steps critical to the process and permanence of a project management improvement initiative in any organization.
"The Project Management Imperative promises to become a reference book for project managers, organizations and authors for years to come."-David J. Hansen, PhD, PMP, Executive Director,
Written by an experienced and successful project manager, it offers insight into how to lead a group through a defined process and reach the desired goals. While the book focuses on the corporate environment, the concepts presented are applicable to any project situation. Topics include goal definition, team structure, the importance of a Project Charter, developing a plan, establishing a budget, organizing and facilitating meetings, monitoring progress, project documentation, communication, staying on schedule, resolving conflict and evaluating the project when complete. The book includes document templates and a sample project. There are "games" that can be used to develop plans, suggestions on communicating meeting results without meeting minutes and methods to streamline project documentation.
A Practical Guide to Project Management provides what managers need to complete initiative on time, on budget and with the desired results.
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 includesBringing 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.
Most IT projects meet some kind of crisis during their existence, and way too many of them end in disaster. Severity Omega is a short but highly focused book that helps the project manager with a set of strategic, organizational, technical and process focused tools based on the authors experience as a seasoned IT project manager, who has seen his part of disasters. It helps you define what actually constitutes a disaster and gets you started with project communication, stakeholder management and running a team in the eye of the storm.
Learn how to:
- Find the weak foundations of a project in order to rebuild them
- Recognize the signs of impending IT project disasters
- Identify patterns in your organization that frequently leads to project crisis
- Establish a mandate as the manager responsible for fixing the crisis
- Ensure timely and targeted project communication
- Wind down and return from emergency powers to normality
- Choose and adapt project management methods
- Use digital cloud-based process tools to support project crisis management
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:
- Political and cultural awareness
Similarly this book addresses BABOK's Chapter 9.0 Underlying Competencies including:
- Analytical thinking
- Behavioral characteristics
- Communication skills
- Interaction skills
Delight in the Results of the Extraordinary Power of Project Relationships.
Perform, profit and prosper.
To make the leap from average to superior, you must develop the skills to manage each project like a small business. The Business-Savvy Project Manager thoroughly explains key concepts, principles, and tools for project managers to provide organizations with superior return-oninvestment and top performance. From portfolio management and strategic alignment to calculation of economic metrics and effective use of both financial and nonfinancial criteria in project proposals, it gives you the business savvy for top-level performance and certain career success.
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.
Projects are initiated to deliver agreed outputs that can be translated into meaningful outcomes capable of satisfying the wishes and expectations for improvement and development. Yet, people, strategy and change, which are largely ignored by the conventional bodies of knowledge, are clearly central to the sustainable and enduring success of projects, efforts and initiatives.
The volume brings together some of the best writing by leading authorities on key topics including trust, ethics, people, psychology, requirements, project performance, audits, uncertainty, anti-fragility, strategic initiatives, governance, change management and commercial management. The collection offers an invaluable new resource for informed managers looking to engage with the latest thinking and research.
NOT GOT MUCH TIME?
One and five-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.
Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.
Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.
EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Extra online articles at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of project management.
FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBER
Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.
Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.