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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.

Advanced Multi-Project Management: Achieving Outstanding Speed and Results with Predictability

Author: Gerald I. Kendall and Kathleen M. Austin | ISBN: 978-1-60427-080-8

Even in a well-managed multi-project environment, it is not unusual to see half of all projects completed either late, over budget or with cuts to original scope. However, the proven approach presented in Advanced Multi-Project Management has enabled large, medium, and even small organizations to consistently complete their projects faster, within original scope and budget, and increase the number of projects executed with the same resources by as much as 70%. The list of companies that have used this methodology for stunning results includes some of the biggest, well-known names in the world—Boeing, Rio Tinto, ABB, and Chrysler. This guide details the six gears that must work in unison to drive speed and predictability within an organization.

Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices, Tools and Techniques

Author: Murali Chemuturi and Thomas M. Cagley, Jr. | ISBN: 978-1-60427-034-1

This unique guide explains software project management from the standpoint of a software project manager working in a professional software development organization. It covers the subject of software project management in its entirety, including project acquisition and execution with backward linkages to concepts that play a facilitation role in successful project management, such as general management, decision making, people management, motivation, productivity and expectations management. This comprehensive reference provides all the guidance, best practices, tools and techniques needed to master software project management and achieve superior results.

Project Management the Agile Way: Making it Work in the Enterprise

Author: John C. Goodpasture | ISBN: 978-1-60427-027-3

Project Management the Agile Way was written for experienced project managers, architects and systems analysts who are comfortable in traditional methods of project management but now need to learn about agile methods for software projects and understand how to make agile work effectively in the enterprise. The methodologies included under the agile umbrella go by many names, such as Scrum, XP, Crystal and EVO, to name a few. Project managers will gain practical day-to-day tips and advice on how to apply these practices to mainstream projects and how to integrate these methods with other methodologies used in the enterprise.

Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects: Shifting Processes for Competitive Advantage

Author: Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP | ISBN: 978-1-60427-083-9

Projects in the near future will be managed with a hybrid of Agile and traditional waterfall processes to better address the speed to market, product innovation, and financial challenges that organizations face. The project managers who learn how to merge Agile with Waterfall methodologies first will gain a huge career advantage over those who lag behind. This engaging and highly instructive guide covers what Agile is, and how and when it is appropriate to blend it into your projects. Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects will help new and experienced project managers, stakeholders, and students of the discipline to proactively prepare for and ensure their future success. This valuable resource also contains all the terms and concepts needed for those planning to take the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® exam.

Project Management for Flat Organizations: Cost Effective Steps to Achieving Successful Results

Author: Laura Dallas Burford | ISBN: 978-1-60427-084-6

A flat organization believes the formal processes and controls used by many hierarchical organizations are too involved, require too much overhead cost, and are too complex and/or time consuming. This book is ideal for the project manager, team member, manager, or project sponsor with limited or no formal project management experience working within a flat organization. It offers clear, understandable discussions about project management processes, provides practical ideas and suggestions, answers common questions, and explains ways to address common pitfalls.

7 Secrets the Healthiest Project-Driven Organizations Know That You May Not

Author: Michael Camp

Some people have to live with the complexities of a project-driven organization without the tools they need. Or do they? Could this be you? Is your world fashioned by a combination of these nine irritating scenarios that make you want to pull your hair out? This free e-book provides some help.

The Complete Project Management Office Handbook, Second Edition

Author: Gerard M. Hill | ISBN: 978-1420046809

The Complete Project Management Office Handbook, Second Edition identifies the PMO as the essential business integrator of the people, processes and tools that manage or influence project performance. This book details how the PMO applies professional project management practices and successfully integrates business interests with project goals--regardless of whether the scope of the PMO is limited to managing a handful of specific projects or expanded to oversee the total practice of project management within the organization.

Book Club

The ProjectMangement.com book club provides an opportunity to participate in webinars and discussions around selected books relevant to the overall practice of project management. The book club occurs in three parts:

1. an opening pre-recorded webinar with an overview of the concepts of the book by the author
2. a discussion thread on ProjectManagement.com with input from the book club host and author
3. **Premium/PMI-member exclusive** a closing Q&A live webinar with the author responding to questions submitted both through the online book club discussion thread and during the webinar

The first 25 PMI Members registered for the closing book club webinar will receive a complimentary copy of the book and will be notified via email. Additional participants will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book at their own expense. All community members will be able to view the book club opening webinar and participate in the discussion forum. PMI members and ProjectManagement.com premium members will be able to participate in the book club closing webinar. We will evaluate the content of each opening and closing book club webinar to determine the eligibility and breakdown for PDUs. Click here for additional details. Click here to receive email updates on the book club program.

July Book Club hosted by Tolitha Lewis
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July Book Club:

The Project Manager's Little Book of Cheats

Author: Beth Spriggs | ISBN: 978-1523234653

There is no such thing as cheating in project management, but if there were it would be this book. It includes quick steps, relevant tips, fun stories and applicable advice to solving common problems and questions focused around the work of a project manager. The book is in question/answer format with 11 chapters covering 65 questions (including "How can I convince those who are change resistant?" and "How can I tell if a project is getting off track before it's too late?"). When you have a question or problem, do you have time to stop what you're doing and read a 300-page book on a single topic? Wouldn't it be great if you could open a book and find a one- to two-page answer that you can apply immediately, in the moment when you need it? Now you've found one.

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Program Management (Fundamentals of Project Management, 2nd Edition)

Author: Michel Thiry | ISBN: 978-1472474278

Program management (PgM) is fast developing as the essential link between strategy and projects and as a vehicle for organizational change. It offers the means to manage groups of projects with a common business purpose in an integrated and effective way. The Second Edition of Michel Thiry's Program Management builds on the bestselling title first published in 2010. The heavily revised text reflects the latest program management guides and international standards and includes: a new section on agile management in programs; the author's own program management maturity measure; and a new section on change management, which is now integral to many programs.

Project Management of Hotel Opening Processes: Exploring better ways to manage new hotel openings

Author: Gert Noordzij | ISBN: 978-1495459375

This book briefly considers published plans for future hotel openings in Greater China to explain the scale of the problem. It analyzes why traditional approaches to opening new hotels do not work efficiently and cannot be scaled, and why project management methodologies are the best way forward. The major part of this book examines modern project management concepts to determine the feasibility of reorganizing a hotel management company and developing a new hotel opening “how to” guide so that it can use project management to effectively and efficiently open new hotels on large scale.

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.

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