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In every age, a few organizations rise above others to "bring fire" to the world -- to change the way we live. These pioneering organizations include Ford, IBM, General Electric, Bell Labs, Microsoft, Dell, Cisco, Vignette, Starbucks and many others. These and other organizations yet unborn answer to the move forward, to risk the unknown and find the needed solutions to daunting problems.
In Pioneering Organizations, Larry Davis explores the forces that converge to create such earth-shaking organizations and to energize their ascendancy. He also examines the reasons for their decline. Based on this analysis, Davis identifies the factors that must exist to develop and sustain pioneering organizations.
The hallmarks of Extreme Programming--constant integration and automated testing, frequent small releases that incorporate continual customer feedback, and a teamwork approach--make it an exceptionally flexible and effective approach to software development. Once considered radical, Extreme Programming (XP) is rapidly becoming recognized as an approach particularly well-suited to small teams facing vague or rapidly changing requirements--that is, the majority of projects in today's fast-paced software development world.
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Are you looking for PM tools and techniques that you can start using TODAY? Do you coach, mentor or manage project managers? Do you teach project management for your organization or Chapter? If so, Rita Mulcahy’s latest book, PM Crash Course Premier Edition, can help you!
Get the “how” of correctly managing project risk in this latest edition of Practical Project Risk Management: The ATOM Methodology. The authors, David Hillson and Peter Simon, have applied their extensive experience in managing risk on projects to develop this simple and scalable approach--the ATOM methodology. ATOM (Active Threat and Opportunity Management) is a proven practical approach that all project managers, as well as all members of the project team, can readily understand and use.
Boost the efficiency and quality of your software projects at every stage with this application-oriented guide to metrics and methods for managing manage software development and maintenance.
The Practitioner's Guide to Project Management: Simple, Effective Techniques That Deliver Business Value provides simple, effective techniques in a way that encourages collaborative conversations with key resources and delivers business value. Book highlights include: foundational techniques, role and responsibility clarity for key project players across the life of a project, explanation of project management deliverables, recommendations for collaborative planning workshops, and answers to common questions about applying project management techniques.
Based on the author’s real world experience during the course of her career in supply management, engineering, and as a project management professional, this unique guide demonstrates a practical and proven approach to using project management strategies, tools, and techniques to consistently create successful procurement practices that go beyond mere cost savings.
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.
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.
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.
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"Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative."
- Oscar Wilde