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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Written by two of today's top high-tech management experts, who walk managers through proven best methods to optimize the skills, abilities and knowledge of the new economy workforce, without stifling the creativity and innovative spirit needed for success. Reviewed on gantthead.
A great book on how to package knowledge for efficient use, especially in the form of Integrated Performance Support (ISP). Although out of print, copies can still be found fairly easily.
Learn how to establish a sound "competency" basis for your knowledge management initiatives. gantthead's own George Ball calls it, "One of my personnel development 'bibles.' "
Stakeholder engagement is (arguably) the most underestimated area of project management—and yet so decisive for achieving project success. Effectively engaging stakeholders can make or break a project—more than any methodology, tools or techniques. For years, the author has been presenting at conferences about his approach to obtaining appropriate stakeholder engagement in projects. That session evolved into a workshop, and finally in this book. The material includes a generic foundation to make sure that key concepts are not missed, as well as his personal approach.
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.
Strategic Benefits Realization: Optimizing Value through Programs, Portfolios and Organizational Change Management
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.<
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.
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.
Written by two authors who are members of PMI, educators and consultants, this book is intended to be a practical guide to the application of complexity theory to virtual projects.
Get an inside look at how successful project managers build their e-business skills. In this book, three e-business experts capture years of experience into this easy-to-follow reference. The text deliberately focuses on e-business project management, integration, application, risk management, security and many of the soft skills not often evident in e-business management.
Drawing from their work with more than 30 knowledge-rich firms, Davenport and Prusak--experienced consultants with a track record of success--examine how all types of companies can effectively understand, analyze, measure and manage their intellectual assets, turning corporate wisdom into market value. They categorize knowledge work into four sequential activities--accessing, generating, embedding and transferring--and look at the key skills, techniques and processes of each. While they present a practical approach to cataloging and storing knowledge so that employees can easily leverage it throughout the firm, the authors caution readers on the limits of communications and information technology in managing intellectual capital.
The revised edition of this concise book describes current best practice in project risk management and introduces the latest developments, to enable those responsible for managing risk in projects to do so effectively. If you know that risk management is important to your success but you feel you could do it better if only you knew how, this book is for you.