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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 | 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.

The Complete Project Management Methodology and Toolkit

Author: Gerard M. Hill | ISBN: 978-1439801543

This publication presents effective and detailed project management guidance in three interrelated components. The innovative, matrix-based concept is based on the ProjectPRISM Project Management Methodology. It introduces the four project management phases of Profile, Plan, Perform and Post as they relate to the six performance elements of customer, project, staff, vendors, business, and management. All of this is brought together with process-aligned tools that can be prepared right on your computer screen.

On-line, On-time, On-budget

Author: Mark Kozak-Holland | ISBN: 1931182345

Titanic’s maiden voyage was a disaster waiting to happen as a result of the compromises made in the project. On-line, On-time, On-budget: Titanic Lessons for the e-business Executive by IBM Senior e-business Consultant Mark Kozak-Holland explores how non-IT executives can take lessons from a nuts-and-bolts construction project like Titanic and use those lessons to ensure the right approach to developing on-line operations. Looking at this historical project as a model will prove to be incisive as it cuts away the layers of IT jargon and complexity.

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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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