• Business & Economics

Creating the Project Office

A Manager's Guide to Leading Organizational Change
Author: Randall L. Englund,Robert J. Graham,Paul C. Dinsmore
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780787966751
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 336
View: 2276
Creating the Project Office is written for managers who are searching for ways to transform their organizations into more effective and efficient project-based workplaces. As this important book reveals, there is no more effective way to make that change than to create a project office tailored to the needs of the organization. While a project office model leads to better products from projects, it is also a vehicle for generating overall organizational change -- by transforming the organization from function-based to project-based. This model incorporates projects into the very fabric of the organizational strategy and revitalizes organizations, creates competitive advantage, and increases shareholder value.

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Creating an Environment for Successful Projects


Author: Robert J. Graham,Randall L. Englund
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118739302
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 336
View: 2444
Since it was first published in 1997, Creating an Environment for Successful Projects has become a landmark work that shows how to develop project management as an organizational practice. This second edition offers solid, results-oriented advice on how upper management can create an environment that supports the success of special projects and the development of new products. The book also includes a wealth of examples from the authors' workshop participants and readers of the first edition who have successfully implemented these concepts within their organizations. New in the second edition: Ideas and practices about portfolio management to achieve greater overall success from a portfolio of projects Advice for helping project teams come together to become more effective Information for developing the chief project officer Suggestions for implementing project management information systems More descriptions about organizations and people who have used these principles to develop vastly improved environments

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The Strategic Project Office, Second Edition


Author: J. Kent Crawford
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781439838136
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 394
View: 4736
The second edition of this award-winning reference provides step-by-step instructions for establishing and maturing a project management office (PMO). Concise and easy to read, The Strategic Project Office, Second Edition covers the four primary areas of knowledge and practice regarding the PMO: governance and portfolio management, resource optimization, organizational change, and performance measurement. Winner of the 2001 David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award from the Project Management Institute, the first edition introduced the concept of PMO as a strategic resource. This second edition adds reporting on cutting-edge research on the status and roles of today’s PMO, highlights best practices, and includes case studies of award-winning PMOs. It explores the various aspects of planning and implementing the strategic PMO and provides readers with an assessment model for measuring PMO practice maturity. New in the Second Edition: New and updated information on the use of collaborative and social media tools in project management New chapters on Project Portfolio Management and aligning projects and strategy New information on using the Strategic Project Office as a strategy management center Updated content that reflects the latest version of the PMBOK® Guide A CD-ROM with time-saving templates and forms The first edition has been the foundation for much of my thinking about initiative management, and the second edition takes thought leadership to a new level. Crawford leverages years of experience to further improve an already excellent resource. The first edition of The Strategic Project Office sits on the top shelf of my bookcase. I’m sure that the second edition will have a similar pride of place ... when I haven’t loaned it out to members of my team as homework. —Paul Ritchie, PMP, Director, Global PMO, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Inc. Praise for the Award-Winning First Edition: ... provides a primer that is first-of-a-kind and best-of-class. Read it. Learn its lessons. Apply them. Improve your organization, your projects, and your global competitiveness. —PM Network, Books in Focus

    • Business & Economics

Creating a Greater Whole

A Project Manager’s Guide to Becoming a Leader
Author: Susan G. Schwartz
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 135166302X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 200
View: 1755
Creating a Greater Whole unlocks the not-so-secret secrets of what aspiring managers need to become strong leaders. This information-rich, easy to understand guide offers readers an immediate clear path to honing their leadership skills using the rigor and discipline of project management principles. Topics include stakeholder management, collaborative communication, multi-criteria decision making, and conflict management. Reflective exercises in each chapter raise key questions for readers to craft their own development path. The process invites emerging leaders to draw from their past experiences, recognize their intrinsic capabilities, and identify specific skills to cultivate.

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Introduction to IT Project Management


Author: Cynthia Snyder,Cynthia Snyder PMP,Frank Parth,Frank Parth PMP
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
ISBN: 1523097272
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 464
View: 9608
Introduction to IT Project Management provides IT project managers the practical tools needed to maintain daily operations while managing multiple projects. This valuable reference helps IT project managers, CIOs, and project sponsors understand the IT project environment so that projects can be managed much more efficiently and successfully. An instructor's guide is available.

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The Project Manager's MBA

How to Translate Project Decisions into Business Success
Author: Dennis J. Cohen,Robert J. Graham
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780787958572
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 264
View: 8482
Project managers are no longer judged by the technical success of their projects alone. They're also held accountable for their contributions to the company's financial goals. Yet most project managers don't have the business knowledge necessary to make project-based decisions that lead to bottom-line success. In this book, Dennis Cohen and Robert Graham, both former university professors and experienced project management consultants, provide the skills that, until now, could only be gained through a graduate degree and years of hands-on experience. Cohen and Graham walk project managers through basic business concepts such as value creation, accounting and finance, strategy, and marketing. They connect these concepts to the decisions project managers face every day. And they make it easy to apply the resulting solutions on the job through a unique business systems calculator. Readers can use the online calculator in conjunction with the book to understand how different project variables affect business outcomes, to determine the overall impact of proposed project changes, and to evaluate the economic results of many decisions they make. Cohen and Graham's principles apply equally to projects in business, non-profit, and government organizations. And each one is illustrated through case studies drawn from a range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, the technology sector, even the winemaking business. Whether the mandate is to get new products to market, improve the infrastructure, or better serve customers and clients, this book teaches project managers how to make day-to-day decisions from an upper-management perspective. And it provides a blueprint for planning and pitching potential projects that demonstrates a higher level of business savvy.

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Strategic Planning for Project Management Using a Project Management Maturity Model


Author: Harold Kerzner
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 047143664X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 272
View: 4159
"It has often been said that 'to improve, one must be prepared to measure the improvement' and 'one must inspect what one expects.' The Kerzner Project Management Maturity Model has provided this tangible measure of maturity. The rest is up to a company to set the expectations and to inspect the results."--Bill Marshall, Nortel Global Project Process Standards (from the Foreword) Strategic planning for project management-a proven model for assessment and continuous improvement Harold Kerzner's landmark Project Management has long been the reference of choice for outstanding coverage of the basic principles and concepts of project management. Now, with the Project Management Maturity Model (PMMM) detailed in this new book, Kerzner has developed a unique, industry-validated tool for helping companies assess their progress in integrating project management throughout their organization. Strategic Planning for Project Management Using a Project Management Maturity Model begins by examining the principles of strategic planning and how they relate to project management. The second part of the book introduces the PMMM, detailing the five different levels of development for achieving maturity, along with benchmarking instruments for measuring an organization's progress along the maturity curve. These assessment tools can easily be customized to suit individual companies-a particularly valuable feature of the model. Offering vital guidance for making project management a strategic tool for competitive advantage, this book helps managers, engineers, project team members, business consultants, and others build a powerful foundation for company improvement and excellence.

    • Business & Economics

Creating a Trading Floor

The Project Manager's Guide to the Design, Construction and Launch of Trading Floors and Data Centres
Author: Charles Smith
Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers
ISBN: 074945041X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 512
View: 8709
The design and successful implementation of a new and technically ground-breaking trading floor is one of the most challenging and exciting projects a senior IT professional can undertake. Not only must the project arrive faultlessly to time, incorporating some of the most advanced technologies available, but it must do so within a highly regulated environment, complying with international legislation, data security and corporate governance. Creating a Trading Floor, set to become the project manager's bible, draws on the author's vast experience to provide a uniquely authoritative and comprehensive reference source and practical step-by-step guide for project teams undertaking the design and implementation of new trading floors and data centres. Its core premise is that, although language and cultural issues must be addressed, the same rules of engagement, strategies and project management techniques can apply in all of the world's major financial centres - New York, Chicago, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

    • Business & Economics

Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)–Fifth Edition


Author: Project Management Institute
Publisher: Project Management Institute
ISBN: 1935589814
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 589
View: 863
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. • A 10th Knowledge Area has been added; Project Stakeholder Management expands upon the importance of appropriately engaging project stakeholders in key decisions and activities. • Project data information and information flow have been redefined to bring greater consistency and be more aligned with the Data, Information, Knowledge and Wisdom (DIKW) model used in the field of Knowledge Management. • Four new planning processes have been added: Plan Scope Management, Plan Schedule Management, Plan Cost Management and Plan Stakeholder Management: These were created to reinforce the concept that each of the subsidiary plans are integrated through the overall project management plan.

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Right Projects Done Right

From Business Strategy to Successful Project Implementation
Author: Paul C. Dinsmore,Terence J. Cooke-Davies
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0787981761
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 336
View: 7522
The Right Projects Done Right! reflects the advances that have been made since the concern for managing multiple projects in organizations first emerged more than a decade ago. This book includes findings and solutions that address three vital questions: Has the right portfolio of projects been chosen to ensure that company strategy is implemented successfully? Have the right projects with the right scope been selected as candidates for the portfolio? Are the projects managed well? Dinsmore and Cooke-Davies help managers answer these questions by providing them with the information they need to implement an enterprise-wide project management environment.

    • Business & Economics

Project Sponsorship

Achieving Management Commitment for Project Success
Author: Randall L. Englund,Alfonso Bucero
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780787985172
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 224
View: 3307

    • Computers

Microsoft Office Live For Dummies


Author: Karen S. Fredricks
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470198872
Category: Computers
Page: 336
View: 1183
Microsoft Office Live is a service that allows individuals, small businesses, and organizations to create Web sites, share documents, and have a shared storage area on the Web Explains how to create a Web site; share documents, contact lists, project plans, and calendars; send or receive e-mails using Live Mail; and allow customers, employees, and vendors access to data based on specific security restrictions Discusses establishing security levels, sharing documents, defining and managing projects, tracking company assets, using the Contact Manager, using marketing campaigns, and working with client workspaces Office Live services can be used independently but they also integrate well with Microsoft Office programs used regularly by more than 400 million people around the world, including Microsoft Access, Excel, Outlook, Microsoft Office Live Meeting and Microsoft Office Small Business Edition

    • Business & Economics

The Strategic Project Office

A Guide to Improving Organizational Performance
Author: J. Kent Crawford
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781420028942
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 388
View: 9616
Describing the initiation, design, execution, and control of a strategic project office, this book provides step-by-step instructions for establishing a PMO. The author emphasizes cost management, cultural change, risk assessment, resource allocation, and skills tracking to increase project value, organizational efficiency, and productivity. He explores various aspects relating to planning and implementing the strategic project office, and concludes by considering how to change the organizational culture to match the new organization. Concise and easy, the book covers the many pitfalls and minefields and provide strategies to avoid them.

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The Program Management Office Advantage

A Powerful and Centralized Way for Organizations to Manage Projects
Author: Lia Tjahjana,Paul Dwyer,Mohsin Habib
Publisher: AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn
ISBN: 0814414265
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 272
View: 2792
Already a best practice for the majority of Fortune 500 companies, Program Management Office (PMO) is being embraced by large and small organizations eager to efficiently manage all their projects. This helpful guide introduces readers to the business reasons for having a centralized project department and explains the PMO’s functions and how to set up and run a PMO. Readers will find detailed information on selecting projects, conducting project health checks, providing program management training to the organization, creating and implementing a standardized program management process, and monitoring and controlling the overall status of all current projects. The book includes key definitions as well as sample forms readers can use in completing administrative tasks and producing reports. This book is an indispensable introduction to this important and powerful trend in project management.

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The Hands-On Project Office

Guaranteeing ROI and On-Time Delivery
Author: Richard M. Kesner
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9780203490006
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 368
View: 9862
Economic pressures have forced IT executives to demonstrate the immediate and calculable ROI of new technology deployments. Unfortunately, existing IT service delivery often drifts without serious thought as to how process improvements could lead to higher performance and customer satisfaction. The Hands-On Project Office: Guaranteeing ROI and On-Time Delivery offers the proven processes, techniques, and tools that IT managers can use to immediately improve the delivery of IT products and services. This compendium of best practices and practical recommendations details simple, deployable frameworks, practical tools, and time-tested best practices for successful IT service and project delivery management. Recognizing how your tech staff can do more with less, this practitioner's handbook describes how you can better coordinate work efforts, hold project teams accountable, and communicate and demonstrate the importance of IT services to your company as a whole. By explaining how to streamline the functions that capture and report information about IT delivery, this volume clarifies roles, responsibilities, customer expectations, and performance measures, resulting in improved service and efficiency. Emphasizing the establishment of processes that result in repeatable success, the book provides quickly implementable solutions for IT personnel faced with the daily management of large, complex systems.


    • Computers

Interactive Project Management

Pixels, People, and Process
Author: Nancy Lyons,Meghan Wilker
Publisher: New Riders
ISBN: 013293132X
Category: Computers
Page: 192
View: 655
As an industry, interactive is different. The work entails elements of software development, marketing, and advertising, yet it’s neither purely technical nor traditional “agency” work. Delivery methods are different, and because the industry is relatively new, the gap in understanding between the clients buying the work and the teams building it is often wide. Enter the geek girls guide. Nancy Lyons and Meghan Wilker don’t just tell you how to deliver digital work, they demonstrate how to think about it. Interactive Project Management: Pixels, People, and Process helps clients, agencies, and industry professionals better understand the critical role of interactive project management, and presents a collaborative, people-focused approach to delivering high-quality digital work. In this book, the authors: Define the unique characteristics of interactive projects Explain the importance of emotional intelligence in the workplace Discuss communication techniques that help teams work together more efficiently Outline a process and specific deliverables that clarify how to think about critical aspects of a project Provide questions, tasks, tips, and advice that effectively move teams from initiation to launch

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Strategic Project Management Made Simple

Practical Tools for Leaders and Teams
Author: Terry Schmidt
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470442937
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 272
View: 2721
When Fortune Magazine estimated that 70% of all strategies fail, it also noted that most of these strategies were basically sound, but could not be executed. The central premise of Strategic Project Management Made Simple is that most projects and strategies never get off the ground because of adhoc, haphazard, and obsolete methods used to turn their ideas into coherent and actionable plans. Strategic Project Management Made Simple is the first book to couple a step-by-step process with an interactive thinking tool that takes a strategic approach to designing projects and action initiatives. Strategic Project Management Made Simple builds a solid platform upon four critical questions that are vital for teams to intelligently answer in order to create their own strong, strategic foundation. These questions are: 1. What are we trying to accomplish and why? 2. How will we measure success? 3. What other conditions must exist? 4. How do we get there? This fresh approach begins with clearly understanding the what and why of a project - comprehending the bigger picture goals that are often given only lip service or cursory reviews. The second and third questions clarify success measures and identify the risky assumptions that can later cause pain if not spotted early. The how questions - what are the activities, budgets, and schedules - comes last in our four-question system. By contrast, most project approaches prematurely concentrate on the how without first adequately addressing the three other questions. These four questions guide readers into fleshing out a simple, yet sophisticated, mental workbench called "the Logical Framework" - a Systems Thinking paradigm that lays out one's own project strategy in an easily accessible, interactive 4x4 matrix. The inclusion of memorable features and concepts (four critical questions, LogFrame matrix, If-then thinking, and Implementation Equation) make this book unique.

    • Computers

Web Project Management

Delivering Successful Commercial Web Sites
Author: Ashley Friedlein
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
ISBN: 9781558606784
Category: Computers
Page: 324
View: 9911
Web Project Management presents a solid Web project management method for building commercial Web sites. Developed by pres.co, a leading interactive agency, this refined eight-stage approach lets you closely manage your project's contributors, quality, costs, and schedules. Importantly, the book also details how to define, measure and understand the success of your project on an ongoing basis. This book is an indispensable resource, whether you are a project manager, online manager, Web director, consultant or producer. * Includes insider tips from the perspective of the world's leading Web developers. * Focuses on project management as it relates to e-commerce. * Teaches you to organize and put together a team, develop goals, manage schedules and budgets, overcome pitfalls, maintain, evaluate and evolve a commercial Web presence. * Includes an introduction to the key principles of Web project management and a case study of the Channel 5 Web site-a popular project managed by the author. * Provides templates, via a companion Web site, that you can use to develop your own project documentation, a discussion forum, links to related sites, a glossary of terms, a database of useful white papers, and an Internet knowledge quiz.

    • Business & Economics

The Project Management Life Cycle

A Complete Step-By-Step Methodology for Initiating, Planning, Executing & Closing a Project Successf
Author: Jason Westland
Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers
ISBN: 0749448083
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 256
View: 2895
The Project Management Life Cycle reveals the unique Method 123 Project Management Methodology by defining the phases, activities and tasks required to complete a project. It's different because it describes the life cycle clearly and prescriptively, without the complex terminology rife throughout the industry. Its comprehensive coverage, consistent depth and suite of tools will help managers to undertake projects successfully. Containing hundreds of practical examples to enhance the reader's understanding of project management, the book skilfully guides them through the four critical phases of the project life cycle: initiation, planning, execution and closure. Written in a clear, professional and straightforward manner, it is relevant to the management of all types of project, including IT, construction, engineering, telecommunications and government, as well as many others. An essential guide to improving project management skills for project managers, senior managers, team members, consultants, trainers or students. Additional resources can be downloaded from http://tinyurl.com/bq2dbuw by scrolling down to the 'Resources' section.