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.
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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.
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.
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.
In today’s fast-paced, constantly changing and extremely competitive environment, risk management is more important than ever for businesses hoping to find their footing in the global market. In Project Risk Management: A Practical Implementation Approach, the author not only provides insights into the best ways to implement the traditional techniques of risk management, but also explores innovative new methods that can help modern organizations build their culture, improve financial performance and ultimately achieve greater success in all of their projects.
Diversity alone won’t magically spur innovation—it’s just the first step. Today’s workforce is more diverse than ever before. But despite new perspectives and talents, the promise of increased innovation rarely materializes. Why are so few businesses seeing results? Studies show that diverse teams are more creative than homogenous ones—but only when they are managed effectively. The secret is to minimize conflict while maximizing the informational diversity found in varied values and experiences. To do this, both leaders and team members need a high level of cultural intelligence, or CQ. Drawing on success stories from Google, Alibaba, Novartis and other groundbreaking companies, Driven by Difference identifies the management practices necessary to guide multicultural teams to innovation. Cultural differences can lead to gridlock, or they can catalyze innovation and growth. This research-based plan turns diversity’s potential into economic reality.
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.
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.
How did you end up in the position of project manager? From switching careers to becoming a transformational leader to accidentally falling into the field, 11 seasoned practitioners share their stories--and the valuable lessons they have learned over the years--in this new PDF ebook.
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.