Important New Tools for Managing Your Small Projects as Part of a Larger Program! The first edition of Project Management for Small Projects introduced project management processes, tools and techniques that are scalable and adaptable to small projects. Project managers learned a structured, disciplined approach to managing small projects sensibly and realistically. This new edition is updated throughout to reflect the PMBOK® Guide--Fifth Edition, balancing the particular needs of small projects with the project management methodology. Project managers who are proficient at managing and leading their own projects are increasingly being called upon to work collaboratively with other project managers to lead components of a program. In addition to knowing how to manage processes and how to lead the team, project managers must now also know how to collaborate and share knowledge with other project managers. A new chapter on program management offers important insights and guidance for managing a group of related small projects in a coordinated way to obtain benefits and control not available from managing them individually.
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There is no such thing as cheating in project management, but if there were it would be this book. It includes quick steps, relevant tips, fun stories and applicable advice to solving common problems and questions focused around the work of a project manager. The book is in question/answer format with 11 chapters covering 65 questions (including "How can I convince those who are change resistant?" and "How can I tell if a project is getting off track before it's too late?"). When you have a question or problem, do you have time to stop what you're doing and read a 300-page book on a single topic? Wouldn't it be great if you could open a book and find a one- to two-page answer that you can apply immediately, in the moment when you need it? Now you've found one.
A Team of Leaders: Empowering Every Member to Take Ownership, Demonstrate Initiative, and Deliver Results
Workplace teams are supposed to harness employees' talents to tackle challenges. But the reality often falls short. Now imagine having a team where everyone steps up and performs all of the leadership tasks. Imagine a team that is constantly sharing knowledge and pushing the envelope--one that does long-term planning and produces outstanding performance. A Team of Leaders shows readers how to design systems that nurture the leadership potential of every employee--the key to creating high-performance teams. The book's proven principles and techniques include: the five-stage Team Development Model that maps the transition from traditional to self-directed teams; best practices in team process design; a Team Value Creation Tool that allows members to appreciate the significance of what they contribute each day; visual management; and more! Filled with real-world examples, this fresh approach transforms passive groups of disparate people into effective teams of leaders--workplace teams that work!
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.
The Unavoidable Hierarchy provides an analysis of why, in virtually every organization, members advance or decline in standing for reasons that have little or nothing to do with their merit. Michael Hatfield explains how this dynamic can be observed and analyzed, and insights gleaned from the analysis.
Projects often run adrift despite our best efforts. One of the most commonly overlooked pitfalls is inadequate and ineffective stakeholder management. Gathering decades of research on communications and stakeholder relations, Mario suggests a paradigm shift in the way project managers view their stakeholders. Using the four “ships” (sponsorship, partnership, leadership and citizenship), the author charts a successful path for identifying and communicating with stakeholders that will positively impact the way you view stakeholders and how they influence your project. In this newly revised edition, Mario goes beyond theory to offer real tools and valuable resources focused on presenting what works when it comes to stakeholder management. His light, conversational style pulls together a wide range of perspectives on various topics. Also available in Spanish.
There are a number of structured approaches that guide the successful completion of projects in business environments. This book translates these processes and techniques such that non-project managers can easily use these proven approaches in a non-business context for their own projects. It removes technical jargon, the need for computer software and hardware, and complicated organizational environments, describing the essential project management processes in a simple, straightforward manner.
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.
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.
The U.S. economy thrives on the development of new products, new systems and new processes. Usually, these advances start as a flash of inspiration by highly creative individuals. It is complex and difficult to go from initial inspiration to a final product, process or system. So it is not surprising that approximately one out of every four development programs fails. A development program or project in trouble is distinct from a program encountering typical development difficulties. Such a program or project can appear to be in free fall. This book identifies the essential fundamentals for executing a program or project turnaround effectively.