• Project management
      October 2013

      The Power of the Agile Business Analyst

      30 surprising ways a business analyst can add value to your Agile development team

      by Jamie Lynn Cooke

      The Power of the Agile Business Analyst: 30 surprising ways a business analyst can add value to your Agile development team challenges whether Agile projects are truly positioned to deliver the highest-value business solutions without offering business users the equivalent level of support, validation, and collaboration that is provided for the Agile development team. To address this challenge, The Power of the Agile Business Analyst proposes including an Agile business analyst on the development team to provide business users with the support they need, as well as a valuable resource to assist the Agile developers in their analysis, design, testing, and implementation work throughout the project.

    • Project management
      October 2013

      The Power of the Agile Business Analyst

      30 surprising ways a business analyst can add value to your Agile development team

      by Jamie Lynn Cooke

      The Power of the Agile Business Analyst: 30 surprising ways a business analyst can add value to your Agile development team challenges whether Agile projects are truly positioned to deliver the highest-value business solutions without offering business users the equivalent level of support, validation, and collaboration that is provided for the Agile development team. To address this challenge, The Power of the Agile Business Analyst proposes including an Agile business analyst on the development team to provide business users with the support they need, as well as a valuable resource to assist the Agile developers in their analysis, design, testing, and implementation work throughout the project.

    • Project management
      October 2013

      The Power of the Agile Business Analyst

      30 surprising ways a business analyst can add value to your Agile development team

      by Jamie Lynn Cooke

      The Power of the Agile Business Analyst: 30 surprising ways a business analyst can add value to your Agile development team challenges whether Agile projects are truly positioned to deliver the highest-value business solutions without offering business users the equivalent level of support, validation, and collaboration that is provided for the Agile development team. To address this challenge, The Power of the Agile Business Analyst proposes including an Agile business analyst on the development team to provide business users with the support they need, as well as a valuable resource to assist the Agile developers in their analysis, design, testing, and implementation work throughout the project.

    • Project management
      May 2015

      Projektmanagement mal anders – humorvoll und leicht verständlich

      by Froschauer, Uwe

      “Project Management Improved”, the first part of the series “Management Areas”, shows this often rather dully presented topic from an easy/going and humorous perspective, without missing the appropriate depth. All main issues such as project organization, phases and tasks of an project, multi/project/management, project management standards, criteria for success as well as choice of software are included in this book. Management topics that are relevant for a business’ day/to/day business can be also be transferred to projects: Projects are planned and overseen, responsibilities distributed for specific project activities, and the actions of involved staff are aimed at the completion of the project. However, some specifics, e.g. ways of thinking and working are characteristic for project work. Parallel to building and IT examples, the project “Wedding” will serve to illustrate the most important tasks and phases of a project in an entertaining and playful way.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      September 2011

      How to Eat an Elephant

      How to Tackle Any Challenge...and Succeed

      by Jo Parker

      Have you ever wanted to tackle a task but just didn't know where to start? Have you ever wanted to achieve something but felt it was too big a challenge? Have you ever wondered how you would manage to complete everything you need to by the critical date or with the money you have available? This book will tell you the secrets of professional project managers who manage huge projects of amazing complexity, along with tricks of the best managers. Learn how to plan for the worst and achieve the best so that you can build the life you want with greater confidence and success.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      June 2016

      The Step-Up Mindset for New Managers

      by Margo Manning

      You need to be more than talking a good game, your wants and potential must be converted into tangible outcomes. New managers will not be given forever to prove themselves, and the prepared manager will be up and running quickly. Most managers have the same worries and confidence dips. This is the book that will cut through the unnecessary hype and methodologies to give you a highly effective yet simple approach to becoming a great manager. Stop the ifs and buts. Drop the "I am new to the job" excuses and focus your efforts on getting the job done, and done well. Own your reputation and start delivering confidently and knowledgably.

    • Interdisciplinary studies
      February 2016

      Project Management Research

      Asia-Pacific Perspectives

      by Editor(s): Michael Young, Beverly Pasian

      This book is the first in a series of volumes focused on publishing the latest thinking and findings from project management research. It concentrates on the Asia-Pacific perspective, and draws from conference papers presented at the International Project Management Association (IPMA) World Congress held in Brisbane, Australia, in 2011, as well as the Australian Institute of Project Management national conference held in Melbourne, Australia, in 2012.Contributors to this book consist of both academics and practitioners, and represent the latest developments in Australia, the Netherlands, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.The essays brought together here focus on the themes of project management maturity; governance; programme and portfolio management, and methods, tools and techniques. The book concludes with two papers that explore the future implications for the project management profession.

    • Management & management techniques
      April 2018

      Perspectives in Project Management

      A Selection of Masters Degree Research Projects

      by Editor(s): Anthony Wood, Raufdeen Rameezdeen

      All the contributions to this volume are condensed versions of research projects undertaken by students in the final year of the online Master of Project Management degree delivered by the University of South Australia in conjunction with Open Universities Australia.Contributors to this book consist primarily of graduated Masters’ students, supported by supervising academics and relevant industry specialists and practitioners. As a result, the authors present current research interests across the breadth of Australia – with many of the perspectives demonstrating relevance to practice globally.The research perspectives presented here focus on four key themes of project management theory and practice: people and organisations; methodologies and practice domains; issues in application; and continuous improvement and benchmarking. Collectively, this work will be of particular interest to project management academics and researchers, post-graduate students, and the broader project management community.

    • Business & management
      April 2019

      Managing Enterprise Resource Planning Adoption and Business Processes

      A Holistic Approach

      by Author(s): Chuck C.H. Law

      The recent decades have witnessed many ERP failures attributable to a plethora of mistakes, and the author writes this book aiming to correct these malpractices concerning ERP adoption. The author presents an adoption methodology, called the Full Lifecycle ERP Adoption Reference (FLEAR) model, to promote holistic project management.Furthermore, from a holistic perspective, successful ERP adoption cannot be achieved in isolation of other business and organizational issues such as IT-business strategic alignment, IT governance, change management, and business process changes. Unlike many ERP books in the market which cover mostly technical deployment issues, this book also addresses the aforesaid business-related issues. Theoretical discussions are supported by extensive research, and practical experience drawn from North American and international contexts to benefit practitioners involved in international assignments. Thus, this book will benefit not only MIS personnel, but also non-technical business practitioners. It will also be a useful supplement for university-level MIS and business process management courses.

    • Interdisciplinary studies
      February 2016

      Project Management Research

      Asia-Pacific Perspectives

      by Editor(s): Michael Young, Beverly Pasian

      This book is the first in a series of volumes focused on publishing the latest thinking and findings from project management research. It concentrates on the Asia-Pacific perspective, and draws from conference papers presented at the International Project Management Association (IPMA) World Congress held in Brisbane, Australia, in 2011, as well as the Australian Institute of Project Management national conference held in Melbourne, Australia, in 2012.Contributors to this book consist of both academics and practitioners, and represent the latest developments in Australia, the Netherlands, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.The essays brought together here focus on the themes of project management maturity; governance; programme and portfolio management, and methods, tools and techniques. The book concludes with two papers that explore the future implications for the project management profession.

    • Management & management techniques
      April 2018

      Perspectives in Project Management

      A Selection of Masters Degree Research Projects

      by Editor(s): Anthony Wood, Raufdeen Rameezdeen

      All the contributions to this volume are condensed versions of research projects undertaken by students in the final year of the online Master of Project Management degree delivered by the University of South Australia in conjunction with Open Universities Australia.Contributors to this book consist primarily of graduated Masters’ students, supported by supervising academics and relevant industry specialists and practitioners. As a result, the authors present current research interests across the breadth of Australia – with many of the perspectives demonstrating relevance to practice globally.The research perspectives presented here focus on four key themes of project management theory and practice: people and organisations; methodologies and practice domains; issues in application; and continuous improvement and benchmarking. Collectively, this work will be of particular interest to project management academics and researchers, post-graduate students, and the broader project management community.

    • Project management
      June 2014

      Agile Governance and Audit

      An overview for auditors and agile team

      by Christopher Wright

      Written for auditors and Agile managers, Agile Governance and Audit bridges the gap between traditional auditing approaches and the requirements of Agile methodologies. It provides an overview of Agile for auditors and other risk professionals who have not encountered the approach before. The book also tells Agile teams what auditors and risk professionals need, and the sort of questions they are likely to ask.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      October 2017

      Project Management

      A Multi-Perspective Leadership Framework

      by Hans Mikkelson, Jens O. Riis

      Modern projects are confronted with complexity and ambiguity. To provide a holistic framework, this book presents five core elements of a project: project management, project task, stakeholders, resources, and project environment. This model is used to identify the nature of a specific project and to develop appropriate project solutions for business success. It also allows a circular planning process that gradually leads to coherence among these five elements. To better cope with the complexity of the project environment, the authors adopt a multi-perspective framework that considers technical, business, organisational, and stakeholder perspectives. This framework recommends that change management is viewed as an integral part of a project. This book is organized in two, almost equal parts: a theoretical part that covers the key models and issues related to project management, and a set of appendices, which include a number of tool sheets aimed at providing practical methods, techniques and checklists. By integrating the theoretical and the practical, the authors extend and rethink recent developments in agile and lean approaches to project management.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      October 2011

      Project-Based Organizing and Strategic Management

      by Gino Cattani, Simone Ferriani, Lars Frederiksen, Florian A. Taube, Brian Silverman

      This volume is designed to renew, stimulate and facilitate discussion about project-based organizations (PBOs) and how they increasingly pervade business dimensions, from R&D and new product development, to the production of complex capital goods and implementation of organizational change across very different industries such as management consulting, engineering or entertainment. Contributors analyze PBOs as firms, units or networks of firms set up to complete a specific assignment, as well as address the evolution from traditional operations-driven project management, to the strategic role of projects in delivering innovation and organizational change, and the implications for research and teaching. The volume brings together scholars with a diverse theoretical background and using a wealth of methodological approaches in studying PBOs. It focuses on theoretical frameworks for understanding PBOs through different lenses, looks at learning at the individual, team and organizational levels in temporary organizational structures, investigates current issues related to projects and networks, and identifies new areas for future research.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      June 2010

      Successful Project Management Practices

      by Parviz F. Rad, Vittal S. Anantatmula

      Projects are at the core of all management activities because they directly will contribute to the operational and financial success of the organization. Further, projects are of strategic importance; they are integral to strategic plan and its operationalization. Since sophistication in project management will positively impact the operational profit margin, the desire for sophistication, and the motivation for excellence in project management is almost universal. Independent of the source of the underlying noble motivation, the pace at which an organization achieves that desired sophistication will directly depend on how much time, effort, and support, is dedicated to the enhancement of project management processes, procedures, and tools. A high level of project management sophistication can be an exceptionally advantageous credential for the enterprise, because this credential can be used as a competitive edge for advancing one contractor among the other members of the bidder pool. If an organization has reached a high level of project management maturity, the organization should regard that as a reason for extreme pride among competitors. Even in sophisticated organizations, the transition to virtual projects should be after verifying that there is extensive formality in managing projects, because formalization of project management processes is far more important in virtual teams than it is in traditional teams. Proposals are preludes to externally-funded projects, and portfolios are either collections of projects or collections of proposals. This book describes the attributes, procedures, and policies that reflect sophisticated organizations.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      April 2017

      Megaproject Risk Analysis and Simulation

      A Dynamic Systems Approach

      by Prince Boateng, Zhen Chen, Stephen O. Ogunlana

      Providing new knowledge on risk analysis and simulation for megaprojects, this book is essential reading for both academics and practitioners. Its focus is on technical descriptions of a newly developed dynamic systems approach to megaproject risk analysis and simulation. This is backed up by a discussion of the methodology as applied in a comprehensive case study on the Edinburgh Tram Network (ETN) project. The book informs both academic researchers and megaproject stakeholders with the latest information on risk as applied to megaprojects. As well as the complete case study, the book includes a general risk analysis framework for megaprojects, an analytic network process (ANP) method for risk quantification, a system dynamics (SD) method for risk simulation, and practical guides for the application of the dynamic systems approach in megaproject research and practice.

    • Project management
      October 2009

      International Project Management

      by Koster, Kathrin

      With project management becoming an increasingly global endeavour, a comprehensive and international student text that reflects this reality is essential. International Project Management does just that, systematically linking the key elements of cross-cultural management and the particularities of an international context, with the tools and techniques of project management. Key features include: - A wide variety of examples and illustrations, including an in-depth, end-of-chapter case study with case questions; - Student exercises and review questions; - Detailed further reading - The full support of a Companion Website, featuring a Teacher's Manual

    • Project management
      April 2011

      Leading Project Teams

      The Basics of Project Management and Team Leadership

      by Cobb, Anthony T.

      The Second Edition of Leading Project Teams offers an accessible introduction to the important basics of project management while providing key issues and pointers on team leadership. Easy to read, this engaging book assumes little to no knowledge of project management. Leading Project Teams quickly leads the reader through the fundamentals including how to start a project, how to assign tasks, how to write clear project reports, and much, much more! New to the Second Edition: - New chapter on Risk Assessment - New coverage of running effective team meetings - Offers real world scenarios: Each chapter opens with a real-world project problem faced by a project leader. Selected from a wide range of industries-from academia to business to health care-each situation portrays how project work applies to real project problems in a variety of settings. - Identifies key expectations of project leaders: Concrete advice is given on leading project teams across a number of important leadership issues and on how project leaders should develop and guide project team members. - Provides quick-learning project tools: Many accessible tools are provided to help readers understand the basics of project management such as the work breakdown structure and project scheduling. Extensive coverage on team literature is offered to help students learn the basics of team construction and team dynamics.

    • Project management

      The ITSM Process Design Guide

      Developing, Reengineering, and Improving IT Service Management

      by Donna Knapp, CPDE, ITIL ExpertTM

      The Definitive Source for Certified Process Design Engineers IT organizations increasingly recognize the need to design, re-design, and improve their internal IT service management (ITSM) processes. While popular frameworks such as the IT Infrastructure Library™ (ITIL®), Control Objectives for IT (COBIT®), Microsoft® Operations Framework (MOF), and the ISO/IEC 20000 standard describe what to do, they do not describe the mechanics of how to do it. The ITSM Process Design Guide: Developing, Reengineering and Improving IT Service Management closes the knowledge gap by providing detailed guidance on assessing, designing, measuring, and integrating ITSM processes. The advice and techniques in this book apply unilaterally to every IT service provider and ITSM framework, standard, and maturity model. While other books may touch on process design methods and techniques, there is no other publication dedicated specifically to developing, re-engineering and improving ITSM processes. This guide is also the definitive reference source for the Certified Process Design Engineer (CPDE®) qualification. The CPDE qualification imparts and validates knowledge of best practices in the assessment, design, integration, implementation, and management of ITSM processes. It recognizes the value of having a qualified CPDE within an organization and has been endorsed by The APM Group (ITIL's official accreditor) as a complementary qualification for the ITIL Qualification Scheme.

    • Project management

      The PMOSIG Program Management Office Handbook

      Strategic and Tactical Insights for Improving Results

      by (Edited by) Craig Letavec & Dennis Bolles

      The PMI® Program Management Office Specific Interest Group (PMOSIG), consistent with its vision to be the leading professional community providing innovation and thought leadership in the area of the PMO and related subjects, has created this book to achieve its mission to return direct value to the PMO community. This PMO handbook contains chapters submitted by more than 20 notable authors, subject matter experts, experienced practitioners, and thought leaders with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. These contributions provide insight into practices that successful PMOs have employed to return direct value to the organizations that they serve. As an edited work, this book provides realistic strategies, methods, insights, and case examples to serve the needs of organizations, PMO practitioners, and the project management community as a whole worldwide. It features practical guidance on a variety of PMO-related topics in the areas of: PMO governance—Covers roles in organizational governance, portfolio management, and organizational change management PMO strategic and tactical aspects—Includes examples of how PMOs have participated in the strategic and tactical management as well as in the management of programs and projects to achieve business benefits PMO services—Covers the development and management of governance policies and procedures, standards, methodologies and processes, education and training programs, tools and templates, PMO technical systems, and program manager, project manager and portfolio assignments PMO setup and execution—Includes best practices and case studies for successfully aligning new PMOs with business objectives, delivering benefits and ROI, and managing and expanding the PMO’s scope of services PMO performance and maturity—Describes the processes used to drive excellence that enhances the PMO’s long-term sustainability as a business function

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