Project Pain Reliever

Author: Dave Garrett
Publisher: J. Ross Publishing
ISBN: 160427039X
Format: PDF
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“Whether you are managing your first project or your hundredth, you are likely to face new challenges. Project Pain Reliever offers guidance you'll cherish and want to keep close by.” —Kevin Murphy, Managing Partner, Conner Partners “This book is like a therapy session for project managers. I'm prescribing this to my team. No more guesswork for new PMs. Project Pain Reliever lays it all out, with a 360 degree view on all the possible scenarios a PM will face, and prescribes a strategy to deal with them. As a project manager, I'm often trying to help my team members understand why we cannot do certain things — like scope-creep. This book will serve as a great tool to educate and re-enforce!” —Laureen Heinz, PMP, CSM, Six Sigma Blackbelt, Managing Consultant, Practice Services, CA Technologies “This is a wonderful and thorough overview of a number of very common, yet complex, problems and solutions that project and functional managers of all levels can benefit from. The honest writing style and poignant anecdotes also make this an enjoyable read. I've added Project Pain Reliever to my team's professional reading list... it is equally applicable to everyone on my team — from the greenest summer intern to my most seasoned business leader.” —Aaron Hall, PMP, Vice President, Program Management and Product Development, K12 Inc. Much of the work performed in organizations around the world today is project oriented. Those responsible for leading the majority of these projects to successful results have varied educational backgrounds, knowledge, skill sets, and experiences gained over the course of their lives and careers that do not include the professional discipline known as project management. Most are managing projects as part of their role, not their profession. However, these accidental project managers frequently run into the same sort of issues and problems faced by those whose profession is project management, but they lack the education or training to properly address them. As a result, more projects run by accidental project managers fail than succeed.This handbook was developed specifically for those accidental project managers and for the relatively new project managers within the profession. It is uniquely organized in a manner designed to help these project managers quickly find specific solutions to the problems they are desperate to fix right now! The text is divided into two broad categories: the Art of Project Management and the Science of Project Management. Each part is divided into chapters to narrow the user's search by type of issue that project managers encounter, such as Planning and Managing Risks. These are then further divided by specific problems labeled as sub-chapters, such as 'The company's project management process doesn't work for me' and 'My project is too dependent on a few key people'. Project Pain Reliever: A Just-In-Time Handbook for Anyone Managing Projects is essentially a plug-and-play answer to the accidental project manager's problems, and a valuable desk reference for all project managers. Key Features: Presents insights and specific guidance from more than 30 leading project management experts that were sourced from around the world for their specialized knowledge and experience Provides quick references to problems often encountered by anyone managing projects and specific solutions to these problems using language that is easy to understand and techniques that can be applied immediately Each of the 93 sub-chapters brings clarity to the perceived problem, describes warning signs, includes a sidebar example, explains what will happen if you do nothing, and outlines a best practice solution and specific steps for solving the problem WAV offers handy "What you have learned" summaries for addressing problems contained within the book, additional problems with solutions, and other useful resources — available from the Web Added Value Download Resource Center at www.jrosspub.com

Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects

Author: Gina Abudi
Publisher: J. Ross Publishing
ISBN: 1604270969
Format: PDF, Docs
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“Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects provides process improvement project managers with a toolkit of good ideas and practices that will give them a real step up on mastering this critical discipline. I highly recommend it!” —Paul Harmon, Executive Editor, BPTrends, Author, Business Process Change, 3rd Edition “Based on real-world experience, this book provides a no-nonsense practical approach to running successful business process improvement projects, including the added complexity of managing organizational change. It has lots of useful templates, checklists, anecdotes, and practical advice to ensure your project executes as smoothly as possible.” —Alexey Gerasimov, CTO, My Event Guru, Inc. While there are numerous project management books on the market and a number on business processes and initiatives, there has been a lack of comprehensive guides to successfully manage business process improvement (BPI) projects, until now. BPI projects are some of the most difficult and challenging to manage. Improving results for the business is not an easy task! Doing so requires understanding the vision and long-term goals of an organization. It also requires the ability to engage stakeholders and manage change. Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects is a guide for project managers who want to improve how they manage BPI projects. Using a simple step-by-step, six-phase approach, project managers and others involved in BPI initiatives will increase their confidence and their effectiveness in managing the complexities of business process improvement projects. Special focus is given to the necessary leadership skills required to be successful in driving change by improving processes within an organization to improve business results.

Making Things Happen

Author: Scott Berkun
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 0596517718
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Making Things Happen doesn't cite specific methods, but focuses on philosophy and strategy.Berkun offers personal essays in a comfortable style and easy tone that emulate the relationship of a wise project manager who gives good, entertaining and passionate advice to those who ask. Topics in this new edition include: How to make things happen; Making good decisions; Specifications and requirements; Ideas and what to do with them; How not to annoy people; Leadership and trust; The truth about making dates; What to do when things go wrong. Exercises follow each chapter

Implementing Positive Organizational Change

Author: Gina Abudi
Publisher: J. Ross Publishing
ISBN: 9781604271331
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This comprehensive guide provides strategic project management best practices for engaging stakeholders, and teams to gain buy-in and develop a culture of change. It demonstrates a variety of ways to effectively manage change from the early stages of a project beyond deployment to ensure desired organizational benefits are successfully achieved.

The Plugged In Manager

Author: Terri L Griffith
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118112563
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A game-changing approach to management Too often discussions of management practice focus exclusively on managing people and organizational issues. Rarely, however, do they incorporate a discussion about technology or address all three dimensions in a balanced way. When they do, the result is game changing. In our hypercompetitive environment, those managers who are outstanding at being plugged into their people, technology, and organizational processes simultaneously excel at coming up with effective business solutions. The Plugged-In Manager makes the case that being plugged-in—the ability to see choices across each of an organization's dimensions of people, technology, and organizational processes and then to mix them together into new and powerful organizational strategies, structures, and practices—may be the most important capability a manager can develop to succeed in the 21st century. Step by step Griffith shows you how to acquire this ability. Shows what it takes for business managers to succeed as technology and organizations become more and more complex Profiles exceptional leaders and organizations who are plugged-in, such as Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com Offers a fresh look at management issues Filled with compelling case studies and drawing on first-hand interviews, The Plugged-In Manager highlights this often neglected managerial capability and the costs of only focusing on one dimension rather than all three.

The Lazy Project Manager

Author: Peter Taylor
Publisher: Infinite Ideas
ISBN: 1910902055
Format: PDF
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The Lazy Project Manager shows how adopting a more focused approach to life, projects and work can make us twice as productive. By concentrating project management to exercise effort where it really matters we will work smarter. The simple techniques of lazy project management can help us to work more effectively and improve our work–life balance.

Handbook for Process Plant Project Engineers

Author: Peter Watermeyer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781860583704
Format: PDF, ePub
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This excellent book systematically identifies the issues surrounding the effective linking of project management techniques and engineering applications. It is not a technical manual, nor is it procedure-led. Instead, it encourages creative learning of project engineering methodology that can be applied and modified in different situations. In short, it offers a distillation of practical ‘on-the job’ experience to help project engineers perform more effectively. While this book specifically addresses process plants, the principles are applicable to other types of engineering project where multidisciplinary engineering skills are required, such as power plant and general factory construction. It focuses on the technical aspects, which typically influence the configuration of the plant as a whole, on the interface between the various disciplines involved, and the way in which work is done – the issues central to the co-ordination of the overall engineering effort. It develops an awareness of relationships with other parties – clients, suppliers, package contractors, and construction managers – and of how the structure and management of these relationships impact directly on the performance of the project engineer. Readers will welcome the author’s straightforward approach in tackling sensitive issues head on. COMPLETE CONTENTS Introduction A process plant A project and its management A brief overview The engineering work and its management The project’s industrial environment The commercial environment The contracting environment The economic environment Studies and proposals Plant layout and modelling Value engineering and plant optimization Hazards, loss, and safety Specification, selection and purchase Fluid transport Bulk solids transport Slurries and two-phase transport Hydraulic design and plant drainage Observations on multidiscipline engineering Detail design and drafting The organization of work Construction Construction contracts Commissioning Communication Change and chaos Fast-track projects Advanced information management Project strategy development Key issues summary

Real Project Management

Author: Peter Taylor
Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers
ISBN: 0749471220
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Real Project Management takes an in-depth look at the challenges we face in running projects in today's complex and global environment. In this groundbreaking work, leading specialist Peter Taylor examines issues such as the complexity of projects, the virtual nature of projects, executive sponsoring, benefits management and international dilemmas integral to completing a project or programme on time and within budget. Supported by the experiences of project managers around the world and relevant insights from a series of surveys commissioned by the author, with examples and case studies covering the strategies they are using to future-proof their projects, and tips to help you achieve and maintain success, Real Project Management will provide you with the tools you need to boost your skills portfolio and tackle head-on the challenges that projects and programmes present. These include: making effective use of new communication tools; managing projects with virtual teams; time management and how to do more with less; finding and connecting with effective project sponsors; connecting projects with business strategy; managing a multi-generational project team, and staying in control. Real Project Management is a fast-moving, practical read that will help the reader become a real project manager- and enjoy real project success.

The AMA Handbook of Project Management

Author: Paul C. Dinsmore
Publisher: AMACOM
ISBN: 0814433405
Format: PDF, Docs
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A must-read for any project management professional or student. Projects are the life blood of any organization. Revised to reflect the latest changes to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK(R)) and the Project Management Professional Exam(R), the fourth edition of The AMA Handbook of Project Management provides readers with a clear overview of a complex discipline. Covering everything from individual projects to programs and strategic alignment, it addresses: Project initiation and planning Communication and interpersonal skills Scheduling, budgeting and meeting business objectives Managing political and resource issues Implementing a PMO Measuring value and competencies. The book compiles essays and advice from the field's top professionals and features new chapters on stakeholder management, agile project management, program management, project governance, knowledge management, and more. Updated with fresh examples, case studies and solutions to specific project management dilemmas, it remains an essential reference to the critical concepts and theories all project managers must master.

The Dynamic Progress Method

Author: J. Chris White
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1498788092
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Recent computer-based tools for project planning and management focus on user-friendliness and interconnectivity. However, these programs function on the Critical Path Method, or CPM, which was created in the 1950s. These programs, which involve simplistic models and methods, ignore the fact that the underlying computations on which they function have become woefully inadequate for the complex projects of today. The product of nearly a decade of work, The Dynamic Progress Method: Using Advanced Simulation to Improve Project Planning and Management provides an overview of the research conducted while illustrating some of the issues with current approaches. It presents the Dynamic Progress Method (DPM), an innovative simulation-based approach to project management. It also includes instructions on how to use the accompanying DPM-based simulation tool pmBLOX to plan, manage, and analyze projects. This groundbreaking book is a must-have resource for project planning and management. It introduces a new and better way of planning, estimating, and managing projects that corrects some of the fundamental flaws of the CPM. It brings the computational integrity of planning simulations up to speed with modern needs, making it useful not only to current project managers but also to students who will become project managers.