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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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.
Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering shows how organizations can become more effective, more efficient and more responsive, and enjoy better performance outcomes. The discussion begins with an overview of key concepts, and details the challenges faced by system engineering and program management practitioners every day. The practical framework that follows describes how the roles can be integrated successfully to streamline project workflow, with a catalog of tools for assessing and deploying best practices. Case studies detail how real-world companies have successfully implemented the framework to improve cost, schedule and technical performance, and coverage of risk management throughout helps you ensure the success of your organization's own integration strategy. Available course outlines and PowerPoint slides bring this book directly into the academic or corporate classroom, and the discussion's practical emphasis provides a direct path to implementation.
“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.
To support the broadening spectrum of project delivery approaches, PMI is offering A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition along with the new Agile Practice Guide as one package. The PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition now contains detailed information about agile; while the Agile Practice Guide, created in partnership with Agile Alliance®, serves as a bridge to connect waterfall and agile. Together they are a powerful tool for project managers.
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.
This offers keys to adopting a new approach to portfolio management that boosts organizational value.The author proposes a solution that lies in using the value management framework to link organizational strategy to portfolio content and to delivery mechanisms. Case study examples illuminate in-depth discussions explaining the value management framework, implementation and delivery techniques, portfolio leadership qualities, key roles and professional development, and change management. Also included is an overview of organizational maturity models as well as tools and techniques to implement, execute and measure their benefits and value contribution.
In today’s increasingly competitive global marketplace, organizations that do not regularly undertake change initiatives will find it difficult—if not impossible—to continue to be successful in the long term. Most organizations only launch change initiatives when forced to address some pain, such as decreased revenues or profits, where the sole focus is on the benefits to the organization. Often, the people side of change management is overlooked, causing 60-70% of these efforts to fail. Implementing Positive Organizational Change explains how to develop a continuous improvement culture of change that will be perceived by employees as a positive opportunity to create something new, exciting and valuable, instead of something negative to confront and resist. This comprehensive guide describes how to communicate with and engage stakeholders and employees to gain buy-in and support, and outlines a strategic project management approach that helps ensure successful implementation and desired results.
Collaboration Tools for Project Managers: How to Choose, Get Started and Collaborate with Technology
Social media and online communication tools such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have rapidly changed our world outside of the workplace. These platforms and other tools such as wikis, instant messaging and big data repositories offer exciting possibilities to improve project team collaboration and stakeholder communication in the workplace as well. Since project managers rely on communication and effective team management skills, they need to keep up with the fast pace of change, technological trends and the latest business drivers that help move organizations forward. In Collaboration Tools for Project Managers, Elizabeth Harrin builds upon her 2010 book, Social Media for Project Managers, by providing the latest information, success stories and an easy-to-follow guide to implementing online collaboration tools and helping to overcome obstacles.
Receive the Agile Practice Guide when you purchase the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition. Created in partnership with Agile Alliance®, the Agile Practice Guide* provides tools, situational guidelines and an understanding of the various agile approaches available to enable better results. It is especially useful for those project managers accustomed to a more traditional environment to adapt to a more agile approach.