Brad Stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, and his book is the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon. The Everything Store is the book that the business world can't stop talking about, the revealing, definitive biography of the company that placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet and forever changed the way we shop and read.
This revised edition of Peter Senge’s bestselling classic, The Fifth Discipline, is based on fifteen years of experience in putting the book’s ideas into practice. As Senge makes clear, in the long run the only sustainable competitive advantage is your organization’s ability to learn faster than the competition. The leadership stories in the book demonstrate the many ways that the core ideas in The Fifth Discipline, many of which seemed radical when first published in 1990, have become deeply integrated into people’s ways of seeing the world and their managerial practices.
In The Fifth Discipline, Senge describes how companies can rid themselves of the learning “disabilities” that threaten their productivity and success by adopting the strategies of learning organizations—ones in which new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, collective aspiration is set free, and people are continually learning how to create results they truly desire.
The updated and revised Currency edition of this business classic contains over one hundred pages of new material based on interviews with dozens of practitioners at companies like BP, Unilever, Intel, Ford, HP, Saudi Aramco, and organizations like Roca, Oxfam, and The World Bank. It features a new Foreword about the success Peter Senge has achieved with learning organizations since the book’s inception, as well as new chapters on Impetus (getting started), Strategies, Leaders’ New Work, Systems Citizens, and Frontiers for the Future.
Mastering the disciplines Senge outlines in the book will:
• Reignite the spark of genuine learning driven by people focused on what truly matters to them
• Bridge teamwork into macro-creativity
• Free you of confining assumptions and mindsets
• Teach you to see the forest and the trees
• End the struggle between work and personal time
From the Trade Paperback edition.
The authors share their insights on how to lead a team effectively, navigate an organization, and build a healthy relationship with the users of your software. This is valuable information from two respected software engineers whose popular series of talks—including "Working with Poisonous People"—has attracted hundreds of thousands of followers.
The essential skill of creating and maintaining new businesses—the art of the entrepreneur—can be summed up in a single word: managing. Born of Grove’s experiences at one of America’s leading technology companies, High Output Management is equally appropriate for sales managers, accountants, consultants, and teachers, as well as CEOs and startup founders. Grove covers techniques for creating highly productive teams, demonstrating methods of motivation that lead to peak performance—throughout, High Output Management is a practical handbook for navigating real-life business scenarios and a powerful management manifesto with the ability to revolutionize the way we work.
Two-time New York Times bestselling authors Roger Connors and Tom Smith show how leaders can achieve record-breaking results by quickly and effectively shaping their organizational culture to capitalize on their greatest asset-their people.
Change the Culture, Change the Game joins their classic book, The Oz Principle, and their recent bestseller, How Did That Happen?, to complete the most comprehensive series ever written on workplace accountability. Based on an earlier book, Journey to the Emerald City, this fully revised installment captures what the authors have learned while working with the hundreds of thousands of people on using organizational culture as a strategic advantage.
The economy crashes, the government misfires, businesses fail, leaders don't lead, managers don't manage, and people don't follow through, leaving us asking, "How did that happen?"
Surprises caused by a lack of personal accountability plague almost every organization today, from the political arena to large and small businesses. How Did That Happen? offers a proven way to eliminate these nasty surprises, gain an unbeatable competitive edge, and enhance performance by holding others accountable the positive, principled way.
As the experts on workplace accountability and the authors of The Oz Principle, Roger Connors and Tom Smith tackle the next crucial step everyone can take, whether working as a manager, supervisor, CEO, or individual performer: creating greater accountability in all the people on whom you depend.
In today's time-crunched, cost-conscious global business environment, tight project deadlines and stringent expectations are the norm. Now with 25 percent new and updated content, Project Management For Dummies introduces you to the principles of successful project management and shows you how to motivate any team to gain maximum productivity.
You'll learn how to organize, estimate, and schedule projects efficiently and effectively. You'll also discover how to manage deliverables, issue changes, assess risks, maintain communications, and live up to expectations by making the most of the latest technology and software—and by avoiding common problems that can trip up even the best project managers.The latest information on measuring project management ROI and value to the organization (and customers) Managing Continuous Process Improvement Examples of formats used for different aspects of project management Managing distressed projects and managing multiple team projects Hierarchical decomposition and how it can dramatically improve the effectiveness of project planning and control The latest trend of embracing the use of social media to drive efficiency and improve socialization New information on managing and resolving conflicts that occur during a project Explanations of concepts tested in the PMP® certification exam with study tips and practices to help you pass
Project Management For Dummies gives professionals like you everything you need to be successful project managers.
(PMI, CAPM, PMP, and Project Management Professional are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.)
Get results fast with this quick, easy guide to the fundamentals of Leadership.
Includes how to:
• Understand and develop your leadership style
• Identify strategic goals for your department
• Motivate and manage teams of all sizes
• Build a culture of results and responsibility
• Lead the way out of a crisis
In 1967, Charles Koch took the reins of his father’s company and began the process of growing it from a $21 million start-up into a global corporation with revenues of about $115 billion, according to Forbes.
So how did this MIT engineer manage grow Koch Industries into one of the largest private companies in the world today with growth exceeding that of the S&P 500 by almost 30-fold over the last five decades? Through his unique five-dimensional management process and system called Market-Based Management. Based on five decades of cross-disciplinary studies, experimental discovery, and practical implementation across Koch companies and their 100,000 employees worldwide, the core objective of Market-Based Management’s framework is as simple as it is effective: to generate good profit.
What is good profit? Good profit results when a company creates value for customers in a way that helps them improve their lives. Good profit is the result of innovations that customers freely vote for with their own dollars; it’s the result of business decisions that create long term value for everyone--customers, employees, shareholders, and society.
While you won't find the Koch Industries name on your home’s stain-resistant carpet, your baby’s more comfortable but absorbent diapers your stretch denim jeans, or your television with a better clarity screen, MBM™ drove these innovations and many more.
Here, drawing on revealing, honest stories from his five decades in business – the company’s many successes as well as its stumbles – Koch walks the reader step-by-step through the five dimensions of Market-Based Management to show stockholders, entrepreneurs, leaders, students -- and innovators, supervisors and employees of all kinds, in any field --how to apply the principles to generate Good Profit in their organizations, companies, and lives.
From the Hardcover edition.
In his new book, McKeown argues that every successful team includes a critical player, the Synergist, who can take the three exisiting types - The bold dreamers (Visionaries), the pragmatic realists (Operators), and the systems designers (Processors) - and knit them together into a dynamic, well-rounded team. Most importantly, according to McKeown, the Synergist is a role that anyone can learn.
While most attempts at teamwork improvement deal only with the symptoms of group dysfunction such as distrust, poor communication, and fear of change, McKeown address the root cause: the innately unstable Visionary-Operator-Processor triangle. Because each of the three styles' motivations, views, and goals are incompatible, without a Synergist every team will eventually implode, stall, or underperform. Only the Synergist can put aside their own agenda and interpret the language of difficult personalities, capture the best from each person, and put the good of the enterprise ahead of their own ego.
McKeown- who has used techniques presented here in his consulting with Harvard University, American Express Financial Services, the US Army, Pella Corporation, Microsoft, United Technologies Corporation, and more- shows how any individual can fill this critical role, whether or not they're the formal leader of the group.
With thought-provoking self-assesments and an extensive Synergist Toolkit, he teaches how anyone can learn to be an effective Synergist by recognizing the vital signs of inneffective teamwork and making the right interventions at these pivitol moments.
This eBook, written by an experienced systems thinker and consultant, helps the reader develop an appreciation of the nature of systems - what they comprise of, how they function, how they sustain and organize themselves and what they influence and are influenced by.
With this knowledge people and organisations can obtain a greater understanding of themselves and can develop the ability to identify the structure of problems and make interventions with far greater skill and precision.
In today’s workplace, employees are routinely expected to coordinate and manage projects. Yet, chances are, you aren’t formally trained in managing projects—you’re an unofficial project manager.
FranklinCovey experts Kory Kogon, Suzette Blakemore, and James Wood understand the importance of leadership in project completion and explain that people are crucial in the formula for success.
Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager offers practical, real-world insights for effective project management and guides you through the essentials of the people and project management process:
Unofficial project managers in any arena will benefit from the accessible, engaging real-life anecdotes, memorable “Project Management Proverbs,” and quick reviews at the end of each chapter.
If you’re struggling to keep your projects organized, this book is for you. If you manage projects without the benefit of a team, this book is also for you. Change the way you think about project management—"project manager" may not be your official title or necessarily your dream job, but with the right strategies, you can excel.
1. What are we trying to accomplish and why?
2. How will we measure success?
3. What other conditions must exist?
4. How do we get there?
This fresh approach begins with clearly understanding the what and why of a project - comprehending the bigger picture goals that are often given only lip service or cursory reviews. The second and third questions clarify success measures and identify the risky assumptions that can later cause pain if not spotted early. The how questions - what are the activities, budgets, and schedules - comes last in our four-question system. By contrast, most project approaches prematurely concentrate on the how without first adequately addressing the three other questions. These four questions guide readers into fleshing out a simple, yet sophisticated, mental workbench called "the Logical Framework" - a Systems Thinking paradigm that lays out one's own project strategy in an easily accessible, interactive 4x4 matrix. The inclusion of memorable features and concepts (four critical questions, LogFrame matrix, If-then thinking, and Implementation Equation) make this book unique.
“Engrossing.” —New York Times
From the award-winning columnist and author of the national bestseller The Undercover Economist comes a provocative big idea book about the genuine benefits of being messy: at home, at work, in the classroom, and beyond.
Look out for Tim's next book, Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy.
Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives celebrates the benefits that messiness has in our lives: why it’s important, why we resist it, and why we should embrace it instead. Using research from neuroscience, psychology, social science, as well as captivating examples of real people doing extraordinary things, Tim Harford explains that the human qualities we value – creativity, responsiveness, resilience – are integral to the disorder, confusion, and disarray that produce them.
From the music studio of Brian Eno to the Lincoln Memorial with Martin Luther King, Jr., from the board room to the classroom, messiness lies at the core of how we innovate, how we achieve, how we reach each other – in short, how we succeed.
In Messy, you’ll learn about the unexpected connections between creativity and mess; understand why unexpected changes of plans, unfamiliar people, and unforeseen events can help generate new ideas and opportunities as they make you anxious and angry; and come to appreciate that the human inclination for tidiness – in our personal and professional lives, online, even in children’s play – can mask deep and debilitating fragility that keep us from innovation.
Stimulating and readable as it points exciting ways forward, Messy is an insightful exploration of the real advantages of mess in our lives.
The authors begin by explaining how agile works: how it differs from traditional “plan-driven” methodologies, the benefits it promises, and the real-world results it delivers. Next, they systematically map the Project Management Institute’s classic, methodology-independent techniques and terminology to agile practices. They cover both process and project lifecycles and carefully address vital issues ranging from scope and time to cost management and stakeholder communication. Finally, drawing on their own extensive personal experience, they put a human face on your personal transition to agile--covering the emotional challenges, personal values, and key leadership traits you’ll need to succeed.
Coverage includesRelating the PMBOKR Guide ideals to agile practices: similarities, overlaps, and differences Understanding the role and value of agile techniques such as iteration/release planning and retrospectives Using agile techniques to systematically and continually reduce risk Implementing quality assurance (QA) where it belongs: in analysis, design, defect prevention, and continuous improvement Learning to trust your teams and listen for their discoveries Procuring, purchasing, and contracting for software in agile, collaborative environments Avoiding the common mistakes software teams make in transitioning to agile Coordinating with project management offices and non-agile teams “Selling” agile within your teams and throughout your organization
For every project manager who wants to become more agile.
Part I An Agile Overview 7
Chapter 1 What is "Agile"? 9
Chapter 2 Mapping from the PMBOKR Guide to Agile 25
Chapter 3 The Agile Project Lifecycle in Detail 37
Part II The Bridge: Relating PMBOKR Guide Practices to Agile Practices 49
Chapter 4 Integration Management 51
Chapter 5 Scope Management 67
Chapter 6 Time Management 83
Chapter 7 Cost Management 111
Chapter 8 Quality Management 129
Chapter 9 Human Resources Management 143
Chapter 10 Communications Management 159
Chapter 11 Risk Management 177
Chapter 12 Procurement Management 197
Part III Crossing the Bridge to Agile 215
Chapter 13 How Will My Responsibilities Change? 217
Chapter 14 How Will I Work with Other Teams Who Aren't Agile? 233
Chapter 15 How Can a Project Management Office Support Agile? 249
Chapter 16 Selling the Benefits of Agile 265
Chapter 17 Common Mistakes 285
Appendix A Agile Methodologies 295
Appendix B Agile Artifacts 301
Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World’s Most Successful Companies is a nonfiction book that outlines the management strategy of Charles G. Koch, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Koch Industries, Inc. It builds on his 2007 book, The Science of Success: How Market-Based Management Built the World’s Largest Private Company, by including guidance on how to apply his management strategies, and answers questions about Koch Industries’s success and failures…
PLEASE NOTE: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and NOT the original book.
Inside this Instaread of Good Profit:
· Overview of the book
· Important People
· Key Takeaways
· Analysis of Key Takeaways
Don't have much time? Get up to speed fast on the most essential business skills with HBR's 20-Minute Manager series. Whether you need a crash course or a brief refresher, each book in the series is a concise, practical primer that will help you brush up on a key management topic. Advice you can quickly read and apply, for ambitious professionals and aspiring executives--from the most trusted source in business. Also available as an ebook.
This complete summary of the ideas from Larry Bossidy and Ram Chaean's book "Execution" shows that the gap between what a company promises and the results it actually achieves is the biggest issue facing businesses. This summary names and explains the key building blocks needed by a company for efficient and consistent execution, thus effectively giving you the tools to improve execution in your own company.
Added-value of this summary:
• Save time
• Understand key concepts
• Expand your business knowledge
To learn more, read "Excecution" and discover a corporate vision which is squarely grounded in reality.
Imagine a company where employees set their own hours; where there are no offices, no job titles, no business plans; where employees get to endorse or veto any new venture; where kids are encouraged to run the halls; and where the CEO lets other people make nearly all the decisions. This company—Semco—actually exists, and despite a seeming recipe for chaos, its revenues have grown from $35 million to $160 million in the last six years. It has virtually no staff turnover, and there are no signs that its growth will stop any time soon.
How did Semco become wildly successful despite breaking many of the commonly accepted laws of business? In The Seven-Day Weekend, Ricardo Semler shows that for those willing to take a chance, there is a better way to run a workplace. He explains how the technology that was supposed to make life easier—laptops, cell phones, e-mail, pagers—has in fact stolen free time and destroyed the traditional nine-to-five workday. But this can be a good thing—if you have the freedom to get your job done on your own terms and to blend your work life and personal life with enthusiasm and creative energy. Smart bosses will eventually realize that you might be most productive if you work on Sunday afternoon, play golf on Monday morning, go to a movie on Tuesday afternoon, and watch your child play soccer on Thursday.
This is a radical book that will challenge the business world to make the seven-day weekend a reality.
Facilitating with Ease! offers the basics on running productive meetings with confidence and includes the information needed to train others to become skilled facilitators as well. Filled with dozens of exercises, surveys, and checklists that can be used to transform anyone into an effective facilitator, this revised editioncovers new topics such as: Why and when leaders should facilitate and how to manage neutrality Diversity, globalization, new technologies, and employee engagement When leaders should facilitate and when others should do it Sharing facilitation with others This new edition also includes meeting design template, surveys, and questionnaires Praise for Facilitating with Ease!
"Facilitating With Ease! provides clear and effective guidelines for group facilitation. In China we are using this book to help organizations develop facilitative leaders who can successfully invoke the spirit of cooperation and team synergy."
?Ren Wei, professional facilitator, X'ian, China
"Facilitating With Ease! helps beginners as well as experienced facilitators find their way among different aspects of facilitation. Easy to understand, this book provides insight into the principles of facilitation and examples of practical applications for concrete situations."
?Sieglinde Hinger, Siemens Corporation, Austria
"Facilitating with Ease! is the fundamental read if you want to be an effective facilitator. We refer to it all the time and consider it a core competency for our consultants."
?Ian Madell, managing director, LEVEL5 Branded Business Advisors, Toronto, Canada
"If you're only going to buy one book on facilitation, this is the one to buy! That's what we tell the managers, consultants and facilitators who attend our facilitation training programs. It's a gold mine of ideas, resources and practical tools."
?Ronnie McEwan, director, Kinharvie Institute, Glasgow, Scotland
"I have been using Ingrid's materials for many years and find her books to be far above everything else out there. This latest revision builds on what was already great and will surely increase the effectiveness of any practitioner."
?Mark Vilbert, program leader, Boeing Leadership Center
John Hayes' best-selling textbook provides you with the skills you will need as a future manager or leader to identify the necessity for change and ensure its successful implementation. Its hands-on approach includes a number of 'change tools' that you can apply to various change scenarios, exercises which invite you to reflect on your experience of change in everyday life, and a host of case studies and examples based on real-life organizations worldwide. These practical features are underpinned by a theoretical framework presenting change as a flexible yet controlled sequence of activities.
The fourth edition offers:
- Two new chapters on process models of change and implementing change
- A revised structure based on an updated theoretical framework focusing more on planning for change, individual and collective learning, leading and managing people issues
- Brand new Managing change in practice features which link videos of experienced change practitioners discussing key topics to questions and exercises in the book
- More international case studies and examples than ever.
Visit www.palgrave.com/companion/hayes-change-management4 for access to voiced-over presentations on key topics, video interviews with change practitioners, additional case studies and much more.
Rip the Resume provides the tools you need to transform yourself into the candidate that employers are searching for:
Cutting-edge guidance for job seekers in any fieldVital resume deconstruction techniques to highlight important areas and downplay others to render a stronger documentWinning conversation strategies to make a lasting impression during the interviewPractical advice for using social media wisely, both in the job search and in building your personal brand.Rip the Resume is based on best practices and concepts that strengthen ANY job search.
Project Management is all about getting things done without spending too much or taking too long. But when you start hearing things like man-days, PSOs and stakeholders, it just makes it difficult to understand.
So what do you really need to know about project management?
Find out:Why setting clear goals matters How to estimate absolutely everything. How to get things back on track after they’ve gone wrong How to track big projects Why work/life balance matters when you’re running a big project
This clear and simple approach will mean you’ll never panic when faced with a big project again.
Read More in the Want You Need to Know Series and Get to Speed on the Essentials… Fast.
Does your organization manage complexity by making things more complicated? If so, you are not alone.
According to The Boston Consulting Group’s fascinating Complexity Index, business complexity has increased sixfold during the past sixty years. And, all the while, organizational complicatedness—that is, the number of structures, processes, committees, decision-making forums, and systems—has increased by a whopping factor of thirty-five. In their attempt to respond to the increasingly complex performance requirements they face, company leaders have created an organizational labyrinth that makes it more and more difficult to improve productivity and to pursue innovation. It also disengages and demotivates the workforce.
Clearly it’s time for leaders to stop trying to manage complexity with their traditional tools and instead better leverage employees' intelligence. This book shows you how and explains the implications for designing and leading organizations.
The way to manage complexity, the authors argue, is neither with the hard solutions of another era nor with the soft solutions—such as team building and feel-good “people initiatives”—that often follow in their wake. Based on social sciences (notably economics, game theory, and organizational sociology) and The Boston Consulting Group’s work with more than five hundred companies in more than forty countries and in various industries, authors Yves Morieux and Peter Tollman recommend six simple rules to manage complexity without getting complicated.
Showing why the rules work and how to put them into practice, Morieux and Tollman give managers a much-needed tool to reinvigorate people in the face of seemingly endless complexity. Included are detailed examples from companies that have achieved a multiplicative effect on performance by using them.
It’s time to manage complexity better. Employ these six simple rules to foster autonomy and cooperation and to effectively handle business complexity. As a result, you will improve productivity, innovate more, reengage your workforce, and seize opportunities to create competitive advantage.
Readers will be able to:Understand psychological pitfalls related to project managementEstablish a creative business environment in their organizationIdentify project risks and uncertaintiesDevelop estimates of project time and cost based on an understanding of human psychologyPerform basic quantitative and qualitative risk and decision analysisUse event chain methodology in managing projectsCommunicate the results of decision analysis to decision-makersReview project decisions and perform adaptive project managementEstablish a project decision analysis process in their organization
PLUS — Test your own judgment through a quiz that examines your intuition!
Table of Contents
Part 1 — Introduction to Project Decision Analysis · Project Decision Analysis: What Is It? · “Gut Feel” vs. Decision Analysis: Introduction to the Psychology of Project Decision-Making · Understanding the Decision Analysis Process · What Is Rational Choice? A Brief Introduction to Decision Theory · Creativity in Project Management · Group Judgment and Decisions · Are You Allowed to Make a Decision? Or the “Frustrated Developer’s Syndrome”
Part 2 — Decision-Framing · Identifying Problems and Assessing Situations ·Defining Project Objectives · Generating Alternatives and Identifying Risks
Part 3 — Modeling the Situation · The Psychology and Politics of Estimating · Project Valuation Models · Estimating Probabilities
Part 4 — Quantitative Analysis · Choosing What Is Most Important: Sensitivity Analysis and Correlations · Decision Trees and the Value of New Information ·What Is Project Risk? or PERT and Monte Carlo · “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” or Event Chain Methodology · The Art of Decision Analysis Reporting · Making a Choice with Multiple Objectives
Part 5 — Implementation, Monitoring, and Reviews · Adaptive Project Management ·Did You Make the Right Choice? Reviewing Project Decisions · Does Decision Analysis Provide a Solution?
Drawing from the author's work with several major and mega capital projects for Royal Dutch Shell, TransCanada Pipelines, TransAlta, Access Pipeline, MEG Energy, and SNC-Lavalin, Project Risk Management: Essential Methods for Project Teams and Decision Makers reveals how to implement a consistent application of risk methods, including probabilistic methods. It is based on proven training materials, models, and tools developed by the author to make risk management plans accessible and easily implemented.Written by an experienced risk management professional Reveals essential risk management methods for project teams and decision makers Packed with training materials, models, and tools for project management professionals
Risk Management has been identified as one of the nine content areas for Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification. Yet, it remains an area that can get bogged down in the real world of project management. Practical and clearly written, Project Risk Management: Essential Methods for Project Teams and Decision Makers equips project managers and decision makers with a practical understanding of the basics of risk management as they apply to project management.
(PMP and Project Management Professional are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.)
Contents: 1. Introduction; 2. The event manager; 3. The event objective; 4. Planning the event; 5. Health & safety; 6. Type of event; 7. When to run the event; 8. Defining your target audience; 9. Audience size; 10. Advertising; 11. Event attractions; 12. Event requirements; 13. Accommodation and services; 14. Event site; 15. Traffic management; 16. Sign posting; 17. Permissions; 18. Car parking; 19. Radio communications; 20. Staffing; 21. First aid; 22. Security; 23. Insurance; 24. Emergency and normal procedures; 25. Formal presentation; 26. Event manager's manual; 27. Money; 28. Accounts; 29. Video diary/evidence; 30. Setting up; 31. Site maintenance; 32. Strip down/clear up; 33. Final debrief &; 34. Final report; 35. Conclusion; Annex A; Annex B; Index.
--From the Introduction of The Six Fundamentals of Success
Everyone has his or her own style at work. But if you look at the people who are successful, you’ll see similarities. They always do the most important things first--they know how to prioritize. They can sum up how their company stands out from the pack in only a few minutes. They work with a sense of urgency, every day. These are the kinds of qualities and habits that never go out of style. Moreover, they are crucial to any successful career and life. By pursuing them regularly, you and your company are more likely to get ahead.
In The Six Fundamentals of Success, CEO and business consultant Stuart Levine spells out exactly how to practice the constants of business success--whether it’s satisfying customers, developing strong relationships, or communicating clearly--through six fundamental principles, gained from decades of experience working with top executives. But it’s the way Levine zeroes in on these fundamentals--add value, communicate well, deliver results, act with integrity, invest in relationships, and gain perspective--and brings them to life through dozens of pithy, to-the-point rules that makes the book so practical and useful. With no-nonsense lessons like “Face time counts,” “Do breakfast,” and “Share the good news--and the bad,” Levine offers concrete examples of how to behave, respond, and motivate others.
Aimed at business people and entrepreneurs at all levels, whether they work in companies large or small, The Six Fundamentals of Success provides the smart, action-oriented guidance people need in today’s challenging climate.
The Handbook of Organizational Economics surveys the major theories, evidence, and methods used in the field. It displays the breadth of topics in organizational economics, including the roles of individuals and groups in organizations, organizational structures and processes, the boundaries of the firm, contracts between and within firms, and more.
The defining book on the subject, The Handbook of Organizational Economics is essential reading for researchers and students looking to understand this emerging field in economics.Presents the first comprehensive treatment of organizational economics Features contributions by leaders in the field Unifies and extends existing literatures Describes theoretical and empirical methods used today
The first edition of The Project Management Answer Book addressed all the key principles of project management that every project manager needs to know. With a new chapter on Scrum agile, updates throughout, and many additional PMP® test tips, this new edition builds on that solid foundation.
The structure of this update maps closely to the PMBOK® Guide V5 and is designed to assist anyone studying for the PMP® and other certification exams. Helpful sections cover:
Networking and social media tips for PMs, including the best professional organizations, virtual groups, and podcast resourcesThe formulas PMs need to know, plus a template to help certification candidates prepare and self-test for their examsQuick study sheet for the processes covered on the PMP® examKey changes in PMBOK® Guide V5, for readers familiar with earlier versions who want “the skinny” on the new version.PMs at every level will find real gold in the information nuggets provided in this new edition. Those new to project management will find the comprehensive coverage and the depth of the answers especially valuable, and will like the easy-to-read style and Q&A format. For experienced managers looking for new tools and skills to help them pass their PMP® or other certification exams, this is a must-have resource.
In addition to 600 practice test questions, this edition includes a new chapter on the five process domains. It supplies an overview of each knowledge area, a list of exam topics, and 40 multiple-choice questions for each of the ten knowledge areas presented in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge Fifth Edition (PMBOK® Guide).
As in previous editions, this edition provides a clearly written rationale for each correct answer, along with a supporting reference list. To help broaden your understanding of the concepts in the answer, this edition features an expanded rationale that discusses why a particular answer is correct, some study tips to consider, and in many cases, an explanation as to why the other answers are incorrect.
For each answer, the authors supply references to the appropriate pages in the PMBOK® Guide and the specific ECO domain and task. You will also find references to one or more of the five process groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, or Closing at the end of each rationale.
The book features a 200-question online practice test that simulates the actual PMP® exam. It also includes the authors’ proprietary proficiency rating that will help you assess your strengths and weaknesses in each process domain so you can identify the areas where you require further study. Watch co-author Ginger Levin, PMP talk about this new edition:
Tom Rath, from the Foreword
You're constantly challenged to grow your business, increase productivity, and improve quality—all while reducing or keeping budgets flat. So what's a manager to do?
You've streamlined processes. You've restructured. You’ve sought customer and employee feedback. You've tried everything. Now, try something that works. Profit from the Positive is a practical, groundbreaking guide for business leaders, managers, executive coaches, and human resource professionals. Whether you lead three employees or 3,000, this book shows you how to increase productivity, collaboration, and profitability using the simple yet powerful tools from the new field of Positive Psychology.
Featuring case studies of some of the most forward-thinking and successful companies today—Google, Zappos, and Amazon, to name a few—Profit from the Positive provides over two dozen evidence-based tools you can apply immediately. Learn how to:Set habits, not just goals Recognize the Achoo! effect Stop asking the wrong questions Hire for what's not on the resume Turn strengths into a team sport Preview, don't just review, performance
The best part? These strategies don't cost a dime to implement! Trained by Dr. Martin Seligman, who is known as the father of Positive Psychology, Margaret Greenberg and Senia Maymin translate the scientific research and make it accessible to the business world.
PRAISE FOR PROFIT FROM THE POSITIVE:
"Put it on your nightstand, bring it on the plane with you—however you do it—read this book. Profit from the Positive gives actionable steps for managers' biggest burning questions. As a twenty-first-century leader, you cannot do without it." —Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author of MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There
"Profit from the Positive gives the busy executive ways to improve performance immediately--in some cases by up to 50 percent--without restructuring the organization or bringing in any consultants. Finally, a leadership book that bridges the chasm between what science knows and what business needs!" —Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels and New York Times bestselling author of PEAK and Emotional Equations
"Profit from the Positive is a thought-provoking and practical guide . . . an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to be an exceptional manager and contributor at work." —Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project
"Greenberg and Maymin--pioneers in the application of Positive Psychology to organizations--have built an exciting and important bridge between compelling evidence and actionable practice. Profit from the Positive is a valuable resource for anyone seeking to boost organizational productivity and the quality of work life." —Adam Grant, professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take
"Profit from the Positive is a straightforward business book that offers tools, backed by solid research, which can help any manager and their team." —Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, Inc., and New York Times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness
This adaptation includes:The latest methods to manage resources and stay on track and within budget Coverage for dealing with the pros and cons of virtual teams Tips and information on setting realistic expectations and meeting everyone’s needs Methods and strategies to get tasks done with minimal staff Tips and advice for motivating a project team The latest concepts and fundamentals behind best-practice project management techniques The mindset and skill set of today’s most effective project managers—what it really takes to guarantee a successful project Information on how to involve project audiences by conducting a Stakeholder Analysis Trends and tough project types Assessment tools to determine strengths and weaknesses for everything from choosing software to selecting a project team Tactics for team motivation and the hottest risk management strategies
Agile has revolutionized the way teams approach software development, but with dozens of agile methodologies to choose from, the decision to "go agile" can be tricky. This practical book helps you sort it out, first by grounding you in agile’s underlying principles, then by describing four specific—and well-used—agile methods: Scrum, extreme programming (XP), Lean, and Kanban.
Each method focuses on a different area of development, but they all aim to change your team’s mindset—from individuals who simply follow a plan to a cohesive group that makes decisions together. Whether you’re considering agile for the first time, or trying it again, you’ll learn how to choose a method that best fits your team and your company.Understand the purpose behind agile’s core values and principlesLearn Scrum’s emphasis on project management, self-organization, and collective commitmentFocus on software design and architecture with XP practices such as test-first and pair programmingUse Lean thinking to empower your team, eliminate waste, and deliver software fastLearn how Kanban’s practices help you deliver great software by managing flowAdopt agile practices and principles with an agile coach
Five Powerful Actions to Transform Your Team, Business, and Community, 10th Anniversary Edition, Revised and Expanded
It's people who make organizations great, so how can leaders best help their people achieve that greatness? As Ken Jennings and John Stahl-Wert show in this new edition of their bestseller, you can't just demand greatness—you have to inspire it. The most effective leaders don't just stand in front of their people, they stand behind them too. As one of the characters in the book notes, “You qualify to be first by putting other people first.” This concept sounds paradoxical, but it leads to extraordinary outcomes—and The Serving Leader shows precisely how and why.
While Jennings and Stahl-Wert use a compelling fictional story to outline the basics of Serving Leadership, all the characters in it are based on real people, the organizations depicted are based on real organizations—and the results they achieved are what really happened. This edition features a new foreword by Ken Blanchard, a new introduction, and a new chapter checking back in with Mike, the main character, to see what he has learned in the twelve years since he embraced Serving Leadership
On one level this is the most practical guide available to implementing Serving Leadership; on a deeper level, it is a book about the personal journey of growth that real leadership requires. Great organizations are great because they're filled with people who freely choose to do their very best. It's a maddeningly simple concept yet stunningly hard to execute. Jennings and Stahl-Wert show leaders how to earn that kind of commitment.
The Wisdom of Teams is the definitive work on how to create high-performance teams in any organization. Having sold nearly a half million copies and been translated into more than fifteen languages, the authors’ clarion call that teams should be the basic unit of organization for most businesses has permanently shaped the way companies reach the highest levels of performance.
Using engaging case studies and testimonials from both successful and failed teams—ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the U.S. Army to high school sports—the authors explain the dynamics of teams both in great detail and with a broad view. Their conclusions and prescriptions span the familiar to the counterintuitive:
• Commitment to performance goals and common purpose is more important to team success than team building.
• Opportunities for teams exist in all parts of the organization.
• Real teams are the most successful spearheads of change at all levels.
• Working in teams naturally integrates performance and learning.
• Team “endings” can be as important to manage as team “beginnings.”
Wisdom lies in recognizing a team’s unique potential to deliver results and in understanding its many benefits—development of individual members, team accomplishments, and stronger companywide performance. Katzenbach and Smith’s comprehensive classic is the essential guide to unlocking the potential of teams in your organization.
Project management is a tough business. Not only must project managers contend with schedules, budgets, and a host of stakeholder demands, but they must also deal with sometimes vexing human behaviors, such as whining, indecision, opposition, inflexibility, complacency, and tunnel vision, to name a few. Projects can be negatively impacted by common "sins" that hinder, stall, or throw the project off track.
In The 77 Deadly Sins of Project Management, the contributors focus on each "deadly sin" and probe its manifestations and consequences for projects. By sharing their personal experiences, as well as some historical events, the contributors spotlight the effects and costs — both financial and human — of failing to get a handle on these sins and reign them in. Through anecdotes and case studies, The 77 Deadly Sins of Project Managementwill help you better understand how to execute the myriad aspects of today's projects.Identify danger signs and solutions for each "sin"Learn proven methods for tackling project mishapsGain practical and hands-on information from seasoned professionalsKeep a variety of "sins" from derailing your projectBONUS! Each book comes with a "77 Deadly Sins of Project Management" poster!
Table of Contents
Acquiescence • Assuming • Avoidance • Barriers • Blaming • Blinders • Bureaucracy • Carelessness • Chaos • Charity • Closemindedness • Cluelessness • Complacency • Conflicts • Confusion • Consensus • Copying • Cowardice • Creep • Democracy • Despair • Deviation • Dispassion • Disrespect • Dysfunction • Ego • Excess • Exclusion • Excuses • Failure • Favoritism • Fragmentation • Gaming • Guessing • haphazardness • helplessness • hope • Immaturity • Inattentiveness • Indecision • Inefficiency • Inflexibility • Isolation • lateness • laziness • Magical Thinking • Malfeasance • Meetingitis • Misalignment • Miscommunication • Mismanagement • No Authority • Not-Invented-here • Obtuseness • Omission • Opposition • Politics • Poor Planning • Poor Requirements • Popularity • Powerlessness • Prevarication • Procrastination • Promises • Quitting • Rebelliousness • Resource Reallocation • Rigidity • Satisficing • Scapegoating • Shoddy Quality • Shortsightedness • Silence • Surrender • Suspicion • Tunnel Vision • Whining
This completely revised reference provides a comprehensive look at software testing as part of the project management process, emphasizing testing and quality goals early on in development. Building on the success of previous editions, the text explains testing in a Service Orientated Architecture (SOA) environment, the building blocks of a Testing Center of Excellence (COE), and how to test in an agile development. Fully updated, the sections on test effort estimation provide greater emphasis on testing metrics. The book also examines all aspects of functional testing and looks at the relation between changing business strategies and changes to applications in development.
Includes New Chapters on Process, Application, and Organizational Metrics
All IT organizations face software testing issues, but most are unprepared to manage them. Software Testing and Continuous Quality Improvement, Third Edition is enhanced with an up-to-date listing of free software tools and a question-and-answer checklist for choosing the best tools for your organization. It equips you with everything you need to effectively address testing issues in the most beneficial way for your business.
Managing an S1000D project well requires a lot of up-front planning and preparation. There are so many considerations that taking on such a project can be quite overwhelming.
This book, Managing Your First S1000D Project, is a guide to help you, particularly through the most difficult part of an S1000D project: Set-up.
The second edition contains elaboration on important concepts, more focus on the most current Issues of S1000D, a better chapter structure, and more illustrations of important content.
Based on recent revisions to PMI®'s examination content outline, which serves as the basis for the exam along with PMI®’s Standard for Program Management (2008), this book is the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource available to help you prepare for the exam. Updated with new and changed terminology, this edition incorporates the concepts from the five performance domains. It has also refashioned the questions from some being definition-based to all being scenario-based.
The book features practical study hints, a list of major topics covered on the exam, and a bibliographic reference for further study. The two challenging, 170-question practice tests included in the book and on the book’s Web site simulate the PMI® exam and will allow you to retake the practice tests as many times as you would like. Supplying an insider's look at the questions, phrases, terminology, and sentence construction you will encounter on the actual exam, this indispensable study tool was created to help you pass the exam and become PgMP® certified.Watch co-author Ginger Levin discuss how the PgMP® Exam Practice Test and Study Guide, Third Edition can help you pass the PgMP® exam, the first time around.
With project management becoming an increasingly global endeavour, a comprehensive and international student text that reflects this reality is essential.
International Project Management does just that, systematically linking the key elements of cross-cultural management and the particularities of an international context, with the tools and techniques of project management.
Key features include:
- A wide variety of examples and illustrations, including an in-depth, end-of-chapter case study with case questions;
- Student exercises and review questions;
- Detailed further reading
- The full support of a Companion Website, featuring a Teacher's Manual
Visit the Companion Website at www.sagepub.co.uk/koster
Updated to reflect the Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Fifth Edition, this edition is an ideal resource for those seeking Project Management Professional and Risk Management Professional certification.
Emphasizing greater clarity on risk practice, this edition maintains a focus on the ability to apply "planned clairvoyance" to peer into the future. The book begins by analyzing the various systems that can be used to apply risk management. It provides a fundamental introduction to the basics associated with particular techniques, clarifying the essential concepts of risk and how they apply in projects. The second part of the book presents the specific techniques necessary to successfully implement the systems described in Part I.
The text addresses project risk management from the project manager’s perspective. It adopts PMI’s perspective that risk is both a threat and an opportunity, and it acknowledges that any effective risk management practice must look at the potential positive events that may befall a project, as well as the negatives.
Providing coverage of the concepts that many project management texts ignore, such as the risk response matrix and risk models, the book includes appendices filled with additional reference materials and supporting details that simplifying some of the most complex aspects of risk management.
Drawing on his own extensive experience, he offers in-depth coverage of topics ranging from contracting and risk monitoring to project close-out, and gives readers practical knowledge of critical processes and tasks in project management.
Get the “how” of correctly managing project risk in this latest edition of Practical Project Risk Management: The ATOM Methodology.
The authors, David Hillson and Peter Simon, have applied their
extensive experience in managing risk on projects to develop this simple
and scalable approach—the ATOM methodology. ATOM—Active Threat and
Opportunity Management—is a proven practical approach that all project
managers, as well as all members of the project team, can readily
understand and use.
This second edition of the book reflects
the authors’ work to continually improve upon the model and to apply the
methodology to a broader range of issues. The book includes:
entirely new chapter on managing risk in programs, which is an important
dimension in today’s world of ever more complex initiatives Updated material and methodology more closely aligned with relevant international standardsEmphasis on minimizing the threats and maximizing the opportunities to optimize achievement of your project goals
on sound principles and best practices, this book guides any member of
the project management team in conducting risk management in a
Part I: The Problem • The Challenge of Managing Risk • Making it Work •
Active Threat and Opportunity Management — The ATOM Risk Process • Part
II: Applying ATOM to a Typical Project • Start at the Beginning
(Initiation) • Exposing the Challenge (Identification) • Understand the
Exposure (Assessment) • Options and Actions (Response Planning) • Spread
the Word (Reporting) • Just Do It (Implementation) • Keeping it Alive
(Major Reviews) • Ongoing Updates (Minor Reviews) • Learning from
Experience (Post- Project Review) • Part III: Variations on a Theme •
ATOM for Small Projects • ATOM for Large Projects • Simulating Possible
Futures (Quantitative Analysis) • Managing Risk in Programs • Next Steps
Extensively revised to reflect improved Scrum practices and tools, this edition adds an all-new section of tips from the field.
Lacey covers many new topics, including immersive interviewing, collaborative estimation, and deepening business alignment. In 35 engaging chapters, you’ll learn how to build support and maximize value across your company.
Now part of the renowned Mike Cohn Signature Series on agile development, this pragmatic guide addresses everything from establishing roles and priorities to determining team velocity, setting sprint length, and conducting customer reviews.
Coverage includesBringing teams and new team members on board Creating a workable definition of “done” Planning for short-term wins, and removing impediments to success Balancing predictability and adaptability in release planning Running productive daily scrums Fixing failing sprints Accurately costing projects, and measuring the value they deliver Managing risks in dynamic Scrum projects Prioritizing and estimating backlogs Working with distributed and offshore teams Institutionalizing improvements, and extending agility throughout the organization
Packed with real-world examples straight from Lacey’s experience, this book will be invaluable to anyone transitioning to Scrum, seeking to improve their early results, or trying to get back on track.