Making Things Happen

Making Things Happen Author Scott Berkun
ISBN-10 0596555393
Year 2008-03-25
Pages 410
Language en
Publisher "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
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In the updated edition of this critically acclaimed and bestselling book, Microsoft project veteran Scott Berkun offers a collection of essays on field-tested philosophies and strategies for defining, leading, and managing projects. Each essay distills complex concepts and challenges into practical nuggets of useful advice, and the new edition now adds more value for leaders and managers of projects everywhere. Based on his nine years of experience as a program manager for Internet Explorer, and lead program manager for Windows and MSN, Berkun explains to technical and non-technical readers alike what it takes to get through a large software or web development project. Making Things Happen doesn't cite specific methods, but focuses on philosophy and strategy. Unlike other project management books, 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 Complete with a new forward from the author and a discussion guide for forming reading groups/teams, Making Things Happen offers in-depth exercises to help you apply lessons from the book to your job. It is inspiring, funny, honest, and compelling, and definitely the one book that you and your team need to have within arm's reach throughout the life of your project. Coming from the rare perspective of someone who fought difficult battles on Microsoft's biggest projects and taught project design and management for MSTE, Microsoft's internal best practices group, this is valuable advice indeed. It will serve you well with your current work, and on future projects to come.

Strategic Project Management Made Simple

Strategic Project Management Made Simple Author Terry Schmidt
ISBN-10 047044293X
Year 2009-03-16
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
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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.

Results Without Authority

Results Without Authority Author Tom KENDRICK
ISBN-10 9780814417829
Year 2012-01-29
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn
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It’s tricky enough to spearhead a big project when you’re the boss. But when you’re the leader of a team of people who don’t report to you, the obstacles are even greater. Results Without Authority is the definitive book for project managers looking to establish credibility and control. A groundbreaker in the field, it supplies a start-to-finish system for getting successful project results from cross-functional, outsourced, and other types of teams. The completely updated second edition includes new information on: • Agile methods and evolving project management tools • Strategies for working with virtual teams • Analytical versus “blink” decision processes • The use (and misuse) of social media in project environments • The myth of multitasking. For project leaders lacking clear-cut authority, getting everyone on board—and keeping them there—can be a challenge. Results Without Authority is the must-have guide for getting the best results from your team.

Applied Software Project Management

Applied Software Project Management Author Andrew Stellman
ISBN-10 059655382X
Year 2005-11-18
Pages 324
Language en
Publisher "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
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"If you're looking for solid, easy-to-follow advice on estimation, requirements gathering, managing change, and more, you can stop now: this is the book for you."--Scott Berkun, Author of The Art of Project Management What makes software projects succeed? It takes more than a good idea and a team of talented programmers. A project manager needs to know how to guide the team through the entire software project. There are common pitfalls that plague all software projects and rookie mistakes that are made repeatedly--sometimes by the same people! Avoiding these pitfalls is not hard, but it is not necessarily intuitive. Luckily, there are tried and true techniques that can help any project manager. In Applied Software Project Management, Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene provide you with tools, techniques, and practices that you can use on your own projects right away. This book supplies you with the information you need to diagnose your team's situation and presents practical advice to help you achieve your goal of building better software. Topics include: Planning a software project Helping a team estimate its workload Building a schedule Gathering software requirements and creating use cases Improving programming with refactoring, unit testing, and version control Managing an outsourced project Testing software Jennifer Greene and Andrew Stellman have been building software together since 1998. Andrew comes from a programming background and has managed teams of requirements analysts, designers, and developers. Jennifer has a testing background and has managed teams of architects, developers, and testers. She has led multiple large-scale outsourced projects. Between the two of them, they have managed every aspect of software development. They have worked in a wide range of industries, including finance, telecommunications, media, nonprofit, entertainment, natural-language processing, science, and academia. For more information about them and this book, visit stellman-greene.com

Brilliant Project Management

Brilliant Project Management Author Stephen Barker
ISBN-10 9781292083896
Year 2015-01-20
Pages 200
Language en
Publisher Pearson UK
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Ensure that your projects succeed every time Whether you are organising an important event or heading up a large team, running a project can be a daunting process. Spiralling costs and missed deadlines are part of everyday life for many project managers - in fact, more projects fail than succeed! But project management doesn't have to be this way. It is possible to manage projects that consistently meet deadlines and come in within budget. Brilliant Project Management shows you how. Drawing on over 30 years of experience, you’ll discover how to ensure your projects succeed every time. · Make a success of any project Deliver on your promises Save money, time and your sanity! It’s the ultimate guide to becoming a brilliant project manager.

Effective Project Management

Effective Project Management Author Robert K. Wysocki
ISBN-10 9781118729311
Year 2013-12-02
Pages 768
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
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The popular guide to the project management body of knowledge, now fully updated Now in its seventh edition, this comprehensive guide to project management has long been considered the standard for both professionals and academics. With more than 32,000 copies sold in the last three editions, it has now been fully updated to cover the new PMBOK® Guide. Well-known expert Robert Wysocki has added more than 100 pages of new content based on instructor feedback, enhancing the coverage of best-of-breed methods and tools for ensuring project management success. With enriched case studies, accompanying exercises and solutions on the companion website, and PowerPoint slides for all figures and tables, the book is ideal for instructors and students as well as active project managers. Serves as a comprehensive guide to project management for both educators and project management professionals Completely updated to cover the new PMBOK® Guide Examines traditional, agile, and extreme project management techniques; the Enterprise Project Management Model; and Kanban and Scrumban methodologies Includes a companion website with exercises and solutions and well as PowerPoint slides for all the figures and tables used Written by well-known project management expert Robert Wysocki Effective Project Management, Seventh Edition remains the comprehensive resource for project management practitioners, instructors, and students. (PMBOK is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.)

The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management

The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management Author Eric Verzuh
ISBN-10 9781119086581
Year 2015-10-12
Pages 528
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
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The all-inclusive guide to exceptional project management The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management is the comprehensive guide to real-world project management methods, tools, and techniques. Practical, easy-to-use, and deeply thorough, this book gives you answers you need now. You'll find the cutting-edge ideas and hard-won wisdom of one of the field's leading experts, delivered in short, lively segments that address common management issues. Brief descriptions of important concepts, tips on real-world applications, and compact case studies illustrate the most sought-after skills and the pitfalls you should watch out for. This new fifth edition features new case studies, new information on engaging stakeholders, change management, new guidance on using Agile techniques, and new content that integrates current events and trends in the project management sphere. Project management is a complex role, with seemingly conflicting demands that must be coordinated into a single, overarching, executable strategy — all within certain time, resource, and budget constraints. This book shows you how to get it all together and get it done, with expert guidance every step of the way. Navigate complex management issues effectively Master key concepts and real-world applications Learn from case studies of today's leading experts Keep your project on track, on time, and on budget From finding the right sponsor to clarifying objectives to setting a realistic schedule and budget projection, all across different departments, executive levels, or technical domains, project management incorporates a wide range of competencies. The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management shows you what you need to know, the best way to do it, and what to watch out for along the way.

Making Sense of Agile Project Management

Making Sense of Agile Project Management Author Charles G. Cobb
ISBN-10 1118015703
Year 2011-02-08
Pages 264
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
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The book is intended to provide a much deeper understanding of agile principles, methodologies, and practices to enable project managers to develop a more agile approach and understand how to blend and tailor agile and traditional principles, methodologies, and practices to create an appropriate balance of control and agility to fit a business environment as well as the risks and complexities of any individual project. The book will also provide business managers and leaders an understanding of how to fit agile methodologies into an overall business strategy that provides the right balance of control and agility for their business.

The Little Black Book of Project Management

The Little Black Book of Project Management Author Michael C. THOMSETT
ISBN-10 9780814415306
Year 2009-10-01
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn
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For nearly twenty years, The Little Black Book of Project Management has provided businesspeople everywhere with a quick and effective introduction to project management tools and methodology. The revised and updated third edition reflects the newest techniques, the latest project management software, as well as the most recent changes to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOKTM). Readers will find invaluable strategies for: • Organizing any project • Choosing the project team • Preparing a budget and sticking to it • Scheduling, flowcharting, and controlling a project • Preparing project documentation • Managing communications • And much more A fast-read solution for both seasoned and first-time project managers, The Little Black Book of Project Management can help any professional achieve on-time results, superior organizational ability, consistent profit generation, and a reputation for both quality and dependability.

Project Management For Dummies

Project Management For Dummies Author Stanley E. Portny
ISBN-10 9781118497135
Year 2013-04-09
Pages 408
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
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The bestselling "bible" of project management In today's time-crunched, cost-conscious global business environment, tight project deadlines and stringent expectations are the norm. Now with 25 percent new and updated content, Project Management For Dummies introduces you to the principles of successful project management and shows you how to motivate any team to gain maximum productivity. You'll learn how to organize, estimate, and schedule projects efficiently and effectively. You'll also discover how to manage deliverables, issue changes, assess risks, maintain communications, and live up to expectations by making the most of the latest technology and software—and by avoiding common problems that can trip up even the best project managers. The latest information on measuring project management ROI and value to the organization (and customers) Managing Continuous Process Improvement Examples of formats used for different aspects of project management Managing distressed projects and managing multiple team projects Hierarchical decomposition and how it can dramatically improve the effectiveness of project planning and control The latest trend of embracing the use of social media to drive efficiency and improve socialization New information on managing and resolving conflicts that occur during a project Explanations of concepts tested in the PMP® certification exam with study tips and practices to help you pass Project Management For Dummies gives professionals like you everything you need to be successful project managers. (PMI, CAPM, PMP, and Project Management Professional are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.)

Project Management Metrics KPIs and Dashboards

Project Management Metrics  KPIs  and Dashboards Author Harold Kerzner
ISBN-10 9781118658956
Year 2013-08-06
Pages 448
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
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The new edition of Harold Kerzner's bestselling book on measuring project management performance With today's complex projects, increased stakeholder involvement, and advances in computer technology, metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) have become increasingly integral to informed decision-making and effective project management. Project Management Metrics, KPIs, and Dashboards, Second Edition helps functional managers gain a thorough grasp of what metrics and KPIs are and how to use them, as well as an understanding of different dashboard types, design issues, and applications. Closely aligned with PMI®'s PMBOK® Guide, this new edition features: New content on topics ranging from customer relations management and project oversight to agile and SCRUM metrics, as well as metrics, pitfalls, and myths An emphasis on value, including an in-depth discussion of value-driven metrics and value-driven KPIs Full-color screen shots showing dashboards from some of the most successful project management companies PowerPoint slides and a test bank for use in seminar presentations and courses This book allows functional managers to bolster their awareness of what good metrics management really entails today—and be armed with the knowledge to measure performance more effectively. (PMI and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.)

Mastering the Leadership Role in Project Management

Mastering the Leadership Role in Project Management Author Alexander Laufer
ISBN-10 9780132620369
Year 2012-04-23
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher FT Press
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In this book, project management expert Dr. Alexander Laufer leads an all-star team of practitioners and thought leaders in presenting a powerful project leadership framework. Laufer’s framework addresses the toughest challenges of new product development: large, complex projects composed of many diverse, geographically distributed, and highly interdependent components; organizational change; and repeated and risky tasks. Laufer reveals core leadership principles that are crucial to successful project leadership in dynamic and complex environments, regardless of industry, project goals, or stakeholders. Then, together with his contributors, he presents eight chapter-length case studies covering exceptionally challenging projects in a wide spectrum of industries and products – from developing missiles to reorganizing companies, building spacecraft and dairy plants to flying solar-powered airplanes. Readers will discover new ways to unleash the power of autonomy and learning; adapt to change on a timely basis; “give up” control without “losing” control; use face-to-face interaction to maximize alignment; manage “no fun” missions in hostile environments; deliver on bold ideas through sheer preparation; learn from practice – and unlearn lessons that need to be unlearned. Mastering the Leadership Role in Project Management will be invaluable to executives, project leaders, and aspiring project leaders in all organizations – regardless of their project goals, backgrounds, or experience.

Project Management Lite

Project Management Lite Author Juana Clark Craig
ISBN-10 1478129220
Year 2012-11-01
Pages 124
Language en
Publisher Createspace Independent Pub
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Get your projects done without having a Master's Degree in Project Management There is no shortage of books on project management, yet most of those guides are weighed down with tiresome project management-speak and heavy process. This easy-to-use, step-by-step, plain English guide to project management shows readers how to hit ground running and nail the completion of projects. For beginners who find themselves in charge of a project but have no clue where to start or those who are struggling or feel overwhelmed, Project Management Lite focuses less on the theory and more on the action with simple worksheets and checklists. Author Juana Clark Craig, PMP, draws on over twenty-five years of project management experience gained while working in Fortune 500 companies to deliver a minimalistic approach to managing your projects without the mumbo-jumbo of traditional project management techniques.

The Lazy Project Manager

The Lazy Project Manager Author Peter Taylor
ISBN-10 9781910902059
Year 2015-10-26
Pages 152
Language en
Publisher Infinite Ideas
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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.