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A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Fifth Edition

Author: Project Management Institute | ISBN: 978-1935589679

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) —Fifth Edition reflects the collaboration and knowledge of working project managers and provides the fundamentals of project management as they apply to a wide range of projects. This internationally recognized standard gives project managers the essential tools to practice project management and deliver organizational results

Building Options at Project Front-End Strategizing: The Power of Capital Design for Evolvability

Author: Guilherme Biesek & Nuno Gil, PhD | ISBN: 9781628250428

How do project teams overcome differences to adopt a design plan that strikes a balance between short-term affordability and long-term adaptability? In the book Building Options at Project Front-End Strategizing: The Power of Capital Design for Evolvability, Guilherme Biesek and Nuno Gil cite research indicating the need for a formal framework to develop front-end strategies that ensure cost-effective management of the project through future change.

Challenges and Best Practices of Managing Government Projects and Programs

Author: Young Hoon Kwak, PhD; Min Liu, PhD; Peerasit Patanakul, PhD; & Ofer Zwikael, PhD, PMP | ISBN: 9781628250657

Drawing on an impressive array of large-scale government projects gleaned from government audit reports across three major sectors--infrastructure and transportation, information systems, and defense--this study explains why government projects go wrong and what can be done to improve their success rates.

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, PMI-PBA | 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.

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. **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 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.

September Book Club hosted by Tolitha Lewis
The first 25 individuals registered will be notified. If you are interested in the book club and do not receive an email, you can proceed with ordering the book. To order the book, please visit amacombooks.org.

September Book Club:

The Optimistic Workplace: Creating an Environment That Energizes Everyone

Author: Shawn Murphy | ISBN: 9780814436196

Should we be working harder…or working happier? When it comes to work these days, we’re expected to do more with less—but is this nose-to-the-grindstone philosophy the best way to run a business? Alarmingly low employee engagement numbers indicate otherwise. So, if pushing everyone harder isn’t the path to productivity, what is? Supported by the latest research, this eye-opening book argues that our best work is the product of a positive environment. That’s good news for you as a manager. While you can’t personally transform the corporate culture, you can influence the workplace climate and create meaningful and lasting change.

August Book Club Information

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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.

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