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Managing Complex Projects and Programs: How to Improve Leadership of Complex Initiatives Using a Third-Generation Approach

Author: Richard J. Heaslip | ISBN: 978-1-118-38301-8

Presented through insightful vignettes and real-world case studies, the information provided in Managing Complex Projects and Programs is essential reading not only for program and project managers in the trenches, but also for managers and executives who need to ensure the true integration of these processes into their overall business strategy.

Program Management for Improved Business Results, 2nd Edition

Author: Russ Martinelli, James M. Waddell, Tim Rahschulte | ISBN: 978-1-118-62792-1

Superior program management begins with superior information and strategy. Program Management for Improved Business Results, Second Edition is a practical guide to real-world program management, written to align with the rigorous PMI PgMP certification standards. The book explains the benchmarks and best practices that help shape a superior program manager, and provides case studies that illustrate the real-world application of management concepts.

Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations: A Strategic Guide to Portfolio, Program and PMO Success

Author: Andy Jordan | ISBN: 978-1-60427-085-3

Organizations invest a lot of time, money, and energy into developing and utilizing risk management practices as part of their project management disciplines. Yet, when you move beyond the project to the program, portfolio, PMO and even organizational level, that same level of risk command and control rarely exists. With this in mind, well-known subject matter expert and author Andy Jordan starts where most leave off. He explores risk management in detail at the portfolio, program, and PMO levels.

Business Driven PMO Success Stories: Across Industries and Around the World

Author: Mark Price Perry | ISBN: 978-1-60427-076-1

Business Driven PMO Success Stories was written by and with over two dozen contributing authors from the worldwide project management and project management office (PMO) community. It offers executives, managers, and all those involved in the projects of the organization, an understanding of the value a PMO can provide, the knowledge they need to determine the purpose of their PMO, and how to craft a PMO best suited to fulfill that purpose.

Mastering Software Project Requirements: A Framework for Successful Planning, Development & Alignment

Author: Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP | ISBN: 978-1-60427-091-4

This book is a concise step-by-step guide to building and establishing the frameworks and models for the effective management and development of software requirements. It describes what great requirements must look like and who the real audience is for documentation. It then explains how to generate consistent, complete, and accurate requirements in exacting detail following a simple formula across the full life cycle from vague concept to detailed design-ready specifications.

Mastering IT Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques

Author: Murali Chemuturi | ISBN: 978-1-60427-078-5

In previous years, setting up IT infrastructure involved just the preparation of the data center. It has become much more complex and evolved today. The infrastructure includes not only the data center facility, but also the entire organization by providing internet connectivity to customers, vendors, and company executives on the move. Mastering IT Project Management is the first book to detail how to create IT infrastructure rather than simply describe how to manage the IT function or software development. This unique and comprehensive reference covers all aspects needed to successfully manage this type of project in an organization.

Achieve PMP Exam Success, 5th Edition A Concise Study Guide for the Busy Project Manager

Author: Diane Altwies, PMP and Janice Preston, PMP | ISBN: 978-1-60427-088-4

This best-selling study guide provides busy project managers with a brief, yet proven comprehensive self-study program for successfully passing the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification Exam on the first attempt, while cutting study time in half. Readers will have free web-based access to over 1,300 questions including hundreds of situational questions, enabling users to perform practice tests by simulating actual 200-question exams and arrange questions by knowledge area.

Managing Business Analysis Services: A Framework for Sustainable Projects and Corporate Strategy Success

Author: Barbara Davis | ISBN: 978-1-60427-079-2

This unique desk reference offers the information, models and guidance needed to plan and deliver complete, end-to-end business analysis services. Its step-by-step approach enables maximum utility of the business analysis (BA) role, development of more complete solutions for meeting the strategic goals of a business, and dramatic and sustainable improvements in project success rates. Managing Business Analysis Services: A Framework for Sustainable Projects and Corporate Strategy Success provides chief information officers, business analysis managers and consultants the information required to maximize the efficiency and productivity of technology projects, obtain higher returns on investment from BA services, reduce operating costs, and increase alignment of products to better serve the company or the client organization.

Enterprise Project Portfolio Management: Building Competencies for R&D and IT Investment Success

Author: Richard Bayney and Ram Chakravarti | ISBN: 978-1-60427-060-0

This unique guide and professional reference presents a structured framework for practitioners and students of project, program, and portfolio management to enhance their strategic and analytic capabilities in the evolving discipline of project portfolio management (PPM). It provides a practical, step-by-step approach to building competencies in categorizing, evaluating, optimizing, prioritizing, and managing an IT, pharmaceutical, biotech or other complex R&D-oriented portfolio of investments.

Strategic Project Management Transformation: Delivering Maximum ROI & Sustainable Business Value

Author: Marc Resch | ISBN: 978-1-60427-064-8

In today’s changing and competitive economic environment, CEOs, corporate executives, and shareholders are no longer strictly concerned with how well a project was executed even if it was finished on time and on budget. Most projects are now being viewed as strategic investments with the primary concern being the value that a project contributed to the company’s bottom line. Project benefit attainment usually occurs after the project team has disbanded and handed over the project deliverables to the operational teams. It is in this transition and subsequent operation where much value is lost and the truly important business benefits that could have been achieved are not.

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POP--Plan On a Page: Successful, Practical Planning Made Simple & Easy

Author: Dr. Rick Hubbard PMP, SMP | ISBN: 0972274901

In today’s intense, maximum-pressure, always-on, 7x24 work-world...professionals with planning responsibilities thrust upon them have a universal need for easy-to-learn and easy-to-use ways to design success in to planning, plans and effort execution...while driving cost, time & risk...out. Plan On a Page—POP—is an easy-to-learn, proven solution for such problems; it is systematic, repeatable and predictable.

Strategic Benefits Realization: Optimizing Value through Programs, Portfolios and Organizational Change Management

Author: Craig Letavec, PgMP, MSP, PMP | ISBN: 978-1-60427-093-8

This desk reference offers practical guidance for program managers, portfolio managers, and business leaders in the implementation of benefits realization management in organizations. Aligned with global standards, this book extends the knowledge contained in these standards through practical implementation guidance, examples, and additional detail created to assist organizations in implementing benefits realization management as a business practice to support the achievement of strategic business benefits.

Project Workflow Management: A Business Process Approach

Author: Dan Epstein and Rich Maltzman | ISBN: 978-1-60427-092-1

Foreword by industry legend Harold Kerzner! This book describes a completely unique step-by-step, workflow-guiding approach to project management which simplifies activities by enforcing execution of all required processes on time, and redirecting to an alternative path in the event of project issues. Since compliance with all project management processes is enforced by the workflow, product quality is significantly improved and life cycle errors are almost eliminated.

Managing Stakeholder Expectations for Project Success: A Knowledge Integration Framework and Value Focused Approach

Author: Ori Schibi, PMP | ISBN: 978-1-60427-086-0

Managing Stakeholder Expectations for Project Success provides a practical approach to managing those things that matter most for project success—stakeholder expectations, communication, risk, change, and quality—so that scope, schedule, and cost end up on target and the project’s intended benefits for the organization are realized.

The PMOSIG Program Management Office Handbook: Strategic and Tactical Insights for Improving Results

Author: Craig Letavec and Dennis Bolles | ISBN: 978-1-60427-044-0

The PMI® Program Management Office Specific Interest Group (PMOSIG), consistent with its vision to be the leading professional community providing innovation and thought leadership in the area of the PMO and related subjects, has created this book to achieve its mission to return direct value to the PMO community. This PMO handbook contains chapters submitted by more than 20 notable authors, subject matter experts, experienced practitioners, and thought leaders with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. These contributions provide insight into practices that successful PMOs have employed to return direct value to the organizations that they serve.

A Practical Guide to Reducing IT Costs

Author: Anita Cassidy and Dan Cassidy | ISBN: 978-1-60427-033-4

Eliminating and driving down costs have long been second nature for many IT organizations. In challenging economic times, even further cutting of IT costs is a requirement for the survival of many organizations. Whether in the midst of an economic downturn or upturn, effective cost management is critical as IT costs can be a significant portion of an organizations overhead cost structure and can even impact an organizations competitive position. A Practical Guide to Reducing IT Costs provides a toolkit of innovative ideas to assess and reduce costs in an IT organization. It outlines a compilation of practical advice based on interviews and comments from more than 60 CIO’s and IT leaders, and it includes many other proven ideas that if implemented will successfully reduce IT costs.

The ITSM Process Design Guide: Developing, Reengineering, and Improving IT Service Management

Author: Donna Knapp | ISBN: 978-1-60427-049-5

IT organizations increasingly recognize the need to design, re-design, and improve their internal IT service management (ITSM) processes. While popular frameworks such as the IT Infrastructure Library™ (ITIL®), Control Objectives for IT (COBIT®), Microsoft® Operations Framework (MOF), and the ISO/IEC 20000 standard describe what to do, they do not describe the mechanics of how to do it. The ITSM Process Design Guide: Developing, Rengineering and Improving IT Service Management closes the knowledge gap by providing detailed guidance on assessing, designing, measuring, and integrating ITSM processes. The advice and techniques in this book apply unilaterally to every IT service provider and ITSM framework, standard, and maturity model. While other books may touch on process design methods and techniques, there is no other publication dedicated specifically to developing, re-engineering and improving ITSM processes.<

Business Driven Project Portfolio Management: Conquering the Top 10 Risks that Threaten Success

Author: Mark Price Perry | ISBN: 978-1-60427-053-2

Project portfolio management (PPM) is a term that is used to describe methods for analyzing and collectively managing groups of projects based on numerous factors and considerations. The fundamental objective of PPM is to determine the best projects to undertake in support of the goals, objectives, and strategies of the organization. Business Driven Project Portfolio Management covers the top 10 risks that threaten PPM success and offers practical alternatives to help ensure achievement of desired results. Written from a business perspective, it contains the executive insights, management strategy, tactics, processes and architecture needed for the successful implementation, ongoing management, and continual improvement of PPM in any organization.

Mastering Project Portfolio Management: A System Approach to Achieving Strategic Objectives

Author: Michael J. Bible and Susan S. Bivins | ISBN: 978-1-60427-066-2

This unique text provides a holistic view of project portfolio management (PPM) that includes people, process, tools, and techniques that work synergistically within the organization to produce portfolio decisions with the best chance of success. It illustrates the entire PPM process from strategic planning through portfolio evaluation and adjustment, including prioritizing objectives, identifying and evaluating candidate projects, selecting optimal portfolios using portfolio analysis, establishing project and portfolio performance metrics, measuring portfolio performance, and project portfolio governance.

Collaborative Project Management (eBook)

Author: Eamonn McGuinness, BrightWork |

This is an easy-to-follow and simple-to-use eBook for project managers who are not yet formally trained in collaborative project management and who may not have the time or budget to get trained. The eBook describes the typical stages, steps and sub-steps involved in starting, setting up, managing and closing a typical project. It also has a section on PM leadership style.

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