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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.

Achieve PMP Exam Success, 5th Edition A Concise Study Guide for the Busy Project Manager

Author: Diane Altwies, PMP and Janice Preston, PMP | ISBN: 978-1-60427-088-4

This best-selling study guide provides busy project managers with a brief, yet proven comprehensive self-study program for successfully passing the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification Exam on the first attempt, while cutting study time in half. Readers will have free web-based access to over 1,300 questions including hundreds of situational questions, enabling users to perform practice tests by simulating actual 200-question exams and arrange questions by knowledge area.

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.

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.

August Book Club hosted by Tolitha Lewis, PMP
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 Amazon.

August Book Club:

Reaching Your Next Summit!

Author: Manley Feinberg II | ISBN: 978-1941870686

“When anchors fail, people die.” Your climb to excellence is never easy. The human drive within calls us to what is possible. In Reaching Your Next Summit!, Manley Feinberg II, world-class mountain climber, shares nine vertical lessons and one essential question. These principles will renew your commitment and inspire your quest for excellence. You will realize more of your potential as you sharpen your focus, act with courage and generate momentum in reaching your next summit—and beyond.

June Book Club Information

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Managing and Leading People through Change

Author: Julie Hodges | ISBN: 9780749474195

Managing and Leading People through Organizational Change provides a critical analysis of change and transformation in organizations from a theoretical and practical perspective. It addresses the individual, team and organizational issues of leading and managing people before, during and after change, using case studies and interviews with people from organizations in different sectors across the globe. This book demonstrates how theory can be applied in practice through practical examples and recommendations, focusing on the importance of understanding the impact of the nature of change on individuals and engaging them collaboratively throughout the transformation journey.transitions.

How to Manage Complex Programs

Author: Calvert Kendrick | ISBN: 9780814436929

Large-scale programs involve many projects and countless jobs. As program manager, you’re charged with coordinating the thousands of distinct actions this requires—managing the deliverables, workflow and staff that comprise all the interconnected projects (possibly spread across the globe!). Whether you’re already managing a program—or looking ahead to filling that role—you need a repertoire of practical, dependable approaches to plan for and control the often competing demands you face every day. How to Manage Complex Programs delivers exactly what it promises: high-impact techniques for handling project workflow, deliverables and teams. These techniques will enable you and your program staff to convert large-scale undertakings into collections of smaller, well-managed projects. While the scope will remain complex and layered, the information and techniques presented here will allow you to manage them coherently and efficiently. These strategies can be applied to any program, and are especially well adapted to high-tech undertakings.

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