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The Social Project Manager

Author: Peter Taylor | ISBN: 9781472452221

The Social Project Manager describes a non-traditional way of organizing projects, managing project performance and progress. The aim being to deliver, at the enterprise level, a common goal for the business; one that harnesses the performance advantages of a collaborative community. Social elements help mitigate the constraints associated with the control aspect of project management, which is essential for governance. Team collaboration, problem solving and engagement in projects will never come from technology alone but require careful management. Peter Taylor draws on research from projects and the worlds of social media and communication to paint a vivid and practical guide to the why and how of social project management. There is no simple template for you to follow; instead he provides an explanation of the benefits, the tools and the constraints so that readers can navigate through to an approach that is sensitive to the culture of their organization and the nature of the projects that they run. Alongside the author’s ideas, the text features advice and case examples from many of the leading technology providers.

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.

January 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 the PMI® Bookstore.

January Book Club:

Managing the PMO Lifecycle: 2nd Edition

Author: Waffa Karkukly  | ISBN: 9781460273708

Managing the PMO Lifecycle (PMOLC) is a collective effort to highlight what goes into the setup, the build-out and the sustainability of the Project Management Offices (PMOs). It provides the drivers, the benefits and the know-how. The book’s main purpose is to be a reference and a practical guide for practitioners investing in setting up, building out or supporting new or existing PMOs through providing a practical step-by-step guide and practical case studies. In addition, the book addresses various audiences on the corporate ladder to help them understand their roles and contributions to PMO success. Last, the book is a guide for students seeking a career in the project management profession (allowing them to gain practical knowledge in the domain), and for academics researching in this area, leveraging the insights that the book offer through a detailed literature review, case studies and surveys.

December Book Club Information

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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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