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Guide for effective Benefits Management in Major Projects

 

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3 November 2017 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced the availability of “A Guide for Effective Benefits Management in Major Projects” released in October by the UK’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA).  The guide, which had contributions from the APM Benefits Management Specific Interest Group (SIG), provides structure and sets expectations for major projects teams undertaking benefits management.

Sara Drake, Chief Executive of APM said: “Like the IPA, APM believes in the importance of measuring performance, including the expected benefits of major projects, so we can learn the important lessons and continue to make improvements over time.”

The new guide includes:

  • Key activities to be undertaken within the benefits management lifecycle.
  • Principles and good practice to adopt to ensure benefits are managed and realised.
  • How benefits management fits the HM Treasury Green Book Business Case process.
  • A RACI matrix for the key roles involved in benefits management.
  • A suggested benefits management cycle.

Download the free Guide here

Founded in 1972 and a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members, the APM received a Royal Charter in April 2017.  The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is also the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

 

 

Earned Benefit Program Management

 

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New book by Kik Piney provides new benefits-based model for program managemen

15 October 2017 – Florida, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of a new book titled Earned Benefit Program Management, authored by Crispin Piney. Published in October 2017, this new book describes how Earned Benefit Program Management techniques provide an innovative, all-inclusive model and set of tools developed specifically to answer critical program management questions.

The model described in this book consolidates the key concepts of project, program, and portfolio management and ensures that all program and portfolio management steps are carried out based on a single, signed-off model in a consistent, verifiable manner within a consolidated life cycle. This approach guarantees alignment with strategic goals and constraints through every stage of a program.

Case studies highlight the key features of the approach and provide important lessons and insights for managing programs. Although the ideas and concepts for each topic are fully consistent with existing standards and other published material, they are based on new thinking and go beyond current practice. They provide a set of original and powerful techniques that are applicable to both programs and portfolios in a wide range of business environments.

Crispin “Kik” Piney, PMP, PgMP, PfMP has been involved in the project world since joining the IT Group at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, in the 1970s, working on cutting-edge development projects. He later moved to the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), initially in England, before relocating to DEC’s European technical centre in the south of France. While he was with DEC, Kik gained a deeper understanding of the importance of methodology, business alignment, and stakeholder relationship management.

After the acquisition of DEC by Compaq, Kik left in 2000 and set up as an independent consultant and trainer in project management. He invested enthusiasm, time, and effort working as a volunteer with the Project Management Institute (PMI®) on the majority of their standardization efforts, from the Organizational Project Development Management Maturity Model (OPM3®) through their standards for projects, for programs, and for portfolio management. He also contributed actively to the PMI competency development framework, the lexicon, and the Practice Guide for Scheduling. He is one of the three authors of PMI®’s Practice Guide for Project Risk Management.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Earned-Benefit-Program-Management-Aligning-Realizing-and-Sustaining/Piney/p/book/9781138033122

Routledge is one of the world’s leading academic publishers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Routledge publishes thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. Routledge is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.  To see Routledge catalogues and titles, go to https://www.routledge.com/. To see their project management titles, click here.

Source: Routledge

 

 

Project Management Journal (PMJ) Updates Announced

 

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15 August 2017 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that during the past year PMI has implemented two significant changes that directly affected the Project Management Journalâ (PMJ). In April 2016, the Institute began to self-publish PMJ. Then in July, PMI moved its website, http://www.pmi.org/; to a new platform. These changes temporarily hampered the effectiveness of the academic search functionality and access to PMJ content. Everyone’s patience as they addressed the situation—and as they continued to make improvements — was greatly appreciated.

Individual contributions to advance the project management profession are invaluable and PMJ continues to have a strong following. Thomson Reuters’ recently published 2016 Journal Citation Report showed an increase in PMJ’s Impact Factors from 1.765 to 2.714. This notable improvement reflects the collective efforts of our authors and editors with whom PMI Academic Resources and PMI Publications are honored to collaborate.

PMI has also announced that all visitors to http://www.pmi.org/ now have access to both current and archive editions of the Journal, whether or not they have an account. On the PMJ homepage, visitors may access current articles in HTML format or download each issue as a single PDF. They will also find an “Access back issues” link at the bottom of the page. In addition, “Early View” articles are now being posted as downloadable PDFs on the PMJ Early View page.

PMI is also announcing an important content change in the Journal. The PMJ is now accepting teaching cases for publication consideration. With the rise of experiential learning, case studies have gained traction as a fundamental teaching tool in every subject area, and they have proven to be the most requested instructional resource by project management faculty internationally. PMJ is responding to the needs of instructors by launching a new section that provides full-length cases and instructor’s manuals for classroom or consulting use. See the Call for Submissions for more details.

Project Management Institute is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. For more, visit http://www.pmi.org/.

Source: Project Management Institute

 

 

The Business of Portfolio Management

 

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Boosting Organizational Value through Portfolio Management – New book by Iain Fraser published by PMI

7 August 2017 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has a new book, The Business of Portfolio Management: Boosting Organizational Value Through Portfolio Management, by Iain Fraser. Iain Fraser, Dip PPC, PMP, MoP, P3M3, PMI Fellow, Fellow PMINZ is a former Chair of the PMI Board of Directors and a well-known international project management expert and professional leader.

According to the PMI summary:

Today there is a gap between organizational strategy and day-to-day management activities. To capitalize on new opportunities, or “getting ahead” rather than just “staying in business,” most workplaces need a radical transformation. This transformation can begin with how organizations devise and manage their portfolios. Long underutilized as a mechanism to provide value, portfolio management is now being recognized as an effective approach to bridging these critical business elements.

The Business of Portfolio Management offers keys to adopting a new approach to portfolio management that boosts organizational value. A veteran in the field, author Iain Fraser proposes a solution that lies in using the value management framework to link organizational strategy to portfolio content and to delivery mechanisms.

In this expansive guide, case study examples illuminate in-depth discussions explaining the value management framework, implementation and delivery techniques, portfolio leadership qualities, key roles and professional development, and change management. Also included is an overview of organizational maturity models to evaluate project, program, and portfolio performance as well as tools and techniques to implement, execute, and measure their benefits and value contribution.

The Business of Portfolio Management, by Iain Fraser, published by PMI in the USA; ©2017, 166 pages, hard cover, ISBN 9781628253726; List price = US$44.95; info at http://marketplace.pmi.org/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?GMProduct=00101599501

PMI members receive discounted pricing.

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest project management member association, representing a million practitioners in more than 200 countries. PMI advances the profession through global standards, credentials, chapters, virtual communities, academic research, events and publications. To see the latest books from PMI, visit http://marketplace.pmi.org/.

Source: Project Management Institute

 

 

Law for Project Managers

 

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New book from Routledge provides guidance on many legal matters confronting projects and project managers

27 July 2017 – Florida, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of a new book titled Law for Project Managers, Second Edition, by David Wright. Published in July, this updated book provides an easily understandable and practical guide to the laws of contract, liability, intellectual property and so on, all from the perspective of the project manager.

According to the Routledge release, the book covers everything from intellectual property disputes with the client organisation about who actually ‘owns’ the outcome, to confusion arising during an international project from the different legal systems and their approach to contracts and health and safety problems in the management of contractors. Most importantly, it explains everything in very straightforward terms; legal jargon is either avoided altogether or defined with its relevance to the project manager explained.

Law for Project Managers is a clear, readable and expert guide on this and many other important legal matters for the practising project manager as well as a supplementary text for post- or undergraduate students studying the commercial aspects of law, contracting and project management.

David Wright is an independent consultant, specialising in project management and engineering. He is an experienced arbitrator, mediator and adjudicator in the process industry and has authored and contributed to a number of books, including The Purple Book, the standard guide to the ICHEME conditions of contract.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Law-for-Project-Managers/Wright/p/book/9781138063907

Routledge is one of the world’s leading academic publishers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Routledge publishes thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. Routledge is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business. To see Routledge catalogues and titles, go to https://www.routledge.com/. To see their project management titles, click here.

Source: Routledge

 

Beating the odds – tips for jump-starting developing countries

 

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Important new book for project sponsors in developing economies launched at AfDB annual meeting in India

22 May 2017 – Ahmedabad, India – A book, highlighting pragmatic tips that “developing countries can follow to spark economic growth, without waiting for global actions”, was launched Monday, May 22, 2017 in Ahmedabad, India, on the first day of the 52nd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group.

Titled “Beating the Odds : Jump-Starting Developing Countries”, the book is co-authored by two development economists – AfDB’s Vice-President and Chief Economist, Célestin Monga and the Director of the Center for New Structural Economics, Peking University, Professor Justin Yifu Lin.

According to the AfDB release, the book will undoubtedly contribute to the history of Africa’s development. It is a detailed strategy that comes as “tips for jump-starting developing countries”, at a time think-tanks from around the globe and key policy-makers, businesses, academia, civil society as well as media representatives are reflecting on a new paradigm that will effectively help create wealth in the continent, through agricultural transformation. The book demonstrates how African countries would aptly move their development agenda “out of the low-income trap regardless of their circumstances.”

Why was the book written? The authors affirmed that poverty is not predestined: it can be changed, provided the right policy is implemented. For them, there is a good window of opportunity for African countries to transform. There is a for countries to be pragmatic in the choice of policies, the authors argued, adding that growth always starts from a poor business environment.

Building on the successful experiences in Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Ethiopia and Rwanda, the authors said, “By attracting foreign investments, poor countries would improve their trade logistics and increase the knowledge and skills of local entrepreneurs. That would also help gain the confidence of international buyers, and gradually make local firms competitive.” They also underscored that the strategy needs not be limited to traditional manufacturing, but can also include agriculture, the service sector, and other activities.

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Board Chair of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, congratulated the authors for producing a comprehensive and pragmatic book that encourages less privileged nations “to swiftly jump directly into the global economy.” She also said she was attracted by the content and the fundamental lessons learned from the book. However, she pointed out that institutions are the missing links in Africa’s development. “Our countries need strong institutions,” she said.

The book is published by Princeton University Press in the United States. For more about the book, go to http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10931.html

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is a regional multilateral development finance institution established in 1964 to mobilize resources towards the economic and social progress of its Regional Member Countries. Headquartered in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the Bank promotes economic and social development in African states, providing financing for programs and projects across the continent. For more information, visit http://www.adbg.org/.

Source: African Development Bank

Photo courtesy of AfDB

 

 

Commercial Project Management

 

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New book from Routledge aimed at companies selling project services

21 May 2017 – Florida, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of a new book titled Commercial Project Management: A Guide for Selling and Delivering Professional Services, by Robin Hornby. Officially published in early May 2017, this new book is available in hard cover, paperback and eBook versions – see more on the book’s webpage.

According to Routledge: Selling and delivering a project to a satisfied client, and making a profit, is a complex task. Project manager and author Robin Hornby believes this has been neglected by current standards and is poorly understood by professionals in the field. Commercial Project Management aims to rectify this deficiency. As a unique ‘how-to’ guide for project and business managers, it offers practical guidance, and a wealth of explanatory illustrations, useful techniques, proven checklists, real life examples, and case stories. It will give project managers a needed confidence boost and a head start in their demanding role as they go ‘on contract’.

At the heart of Robin’s approach is a vendor sales and delivery lifecycle that provides a framework for business control of projects. Unique elements include the integration of buyer and vendor project lifecycles, the recasting of project management as a cyclic set of functions to lead the work of the project, and the elevation of risk assessment from a project toolkit to a fundamental control process.

Beyond project management, the book proposes a comprehensive template for the firm whose business is delivering projects. This is a how-to book for project and business managers working in a commercial environment looking for practical guidance on conducting their projects and organizing their firm.

Robin Hornby worked in the information technology industry for over 35 years, migrating from systems engineering to project and then delivery management. He taught project management at Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada, for 10 years and currently writes, consults, and conducts seminars. He pioneered many of the delivery practices described in this book.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Commercial-Project-Management-A-Guide-for-Selling-and-Delivering-Professional/Hornby/p/book/9781138237681

Routledge is one of the world’s leading academic publishers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Routledge publishes thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. Routledge is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business. To see Routledge catalogues and titles, go to https://www.routledge.com/. To see their project management titles, click here.

Source: Routledge

 

 

Aerospace Project Management Handbook

 

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New book from CRC Press describes project management for complex air and space programs

18 May 2016 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Aerospace Project Management Handbook, edited by author name. Just published in May, this new 423-page book covers aerospace project development topics; project management processes and control topics; project technical implementation aspects; project communications, leadership and other special topics; and emerging project management topics, including agile. For more, visit the book’s webpage here.

According to the CRC release: The Aerospace Project Management Handbook focuses on space systems, exploring intricacies rarely seen in land-based projects. These range from additional compliance requirements from Earned Value Management requirements and regulations (ESA, NASA, FAA), to criticality and risk factors for systems where repair is impossible. Aerospace project management has become a pathway for success in harsh space environments, as the Handbook demonstrates. With chapters written by experts, this comprehensive book offers a step-by-step approach emphasizing the applied techniques and tools, and is a prime resource for program managers, technical leads, systems engineers, and principle payload leads.

Ann Garrison Darrin has an extensive background in technology and engineering management in government (NASA and DOD), academia and industry, and has worked at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for more than 17 years. She is the Managing Executive of the Space Exploration Sector at the Laboratory. Ann is a member of the principal staff and previously was in the research center and manufacturing areas. Prior to joining the Laboratory, Ann worked at NASA Goddard Space Center in aerospace engineering and was the Division Chief for Assurance Technologies which includes electronic components and packaging and material science. She is the author/co-author of over 60 papers, and an author and editor of the three books published by CRC Press. As a technologist, Ann has participated in numerous exciting technology “firsts” in space. Ann is the founder and co-chair of the MEMS Alliance Mid-Atlantic and holds degrees from the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Maryland, University College. Ann sits on the board of the Maryland Space Business Round Table and the Science Council of the Maryland Science Center. Ms. Darrin is the 2005 recipient of the Women’s Leadership Award the Johns Hopkins University Women’s Network.

Dr. Patrick A. Stadter has more than twenty-five years of system engineering and program management experience in space, air, and undersea domains. He has successfully led staff in expanding The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s cross-enterprise ability to contribute in new technical areas, providing opportunities to apply and improve staff cross-domain knowledge, developing new program focus areas, and effectively engaging complex sponsor organizations. He is recognized for leadership and development of line and program organizations, including complex, multidisciplinary teams established across APL sectors, government, laboratory, and industry contributors. Dr. Stadter’s technical focus includes system engineering, distributed, autonomous systems control, data fusion, and information theory. He has over 50 publications, two patents, has held a review panel appointment to the National Academies of Sciences National Research Council and is an active member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Stadter’s degrees are in Electrical Engineering and include a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Science from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Aerospace-Project-Management-Handbook/Darrin-Stadter/p/book/9781498776523

CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of accessible formats. To see their project management titles, go to http://www.ittoday.info/catalog/projectmanagement.htm ; to learn more about CRC, visit https://www.crcpress.com/

Source: CRC Press

 

 

Tomorrow will be Better

 

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New book by Alfonso Bucero promotes a positive attitude for project success

12 March 2017 – Madrid, Spain – A new book has been published by Alfonso Bucero, a well-known project management leader based in Madrid who has long been an advocate of a positive attitude. His new book is titled “Tomorrow will be Better: Maintaining a Positive Attitude for Project Success”.

Several authors have written about positive attitude as a key ingredient for personal and professional success but few have described, suggested and detailed some best practices for how to maintain and sustain a positive attitude. This book is about maintaining and sustaining a positive attitude so you will build a better tomorrow. You are great but you can be EXECELLENT. You have a lot of possibilities to improve, to use your enthusiasm, to use your courage, to coach people on their positive attitude for personal and professional success.

According to Alfonso, “I always try to have a positive attitude but I am a human being who makes a lot of mistakes, so from time to time I need an attitude check. My book has plenty of real case studies as a person and as a project manager, which is my profession, that illustrates practical things that I learned and I’d like to share with my readers. By the end of every chapter I’m proposing a form, template or exercise to apply, to put into practice what you read or learn. Do not lose your time, be positive because every day is a good day but tomorrow will be even better if you are focused on how to improve your attitude.”

Alfonso Bucero, MSc, PMP, PMI-RMP, PfMP, PMI Fellow, is founder and Managing Partner of BUCERO PM Consulting. Alfonso was the founder, sponsor and president of the PMI Barcelona Chapter until April 2005, and belongs to PMI’s LIAG (Leadership Institute Advisory Group). He was the past President of the PMI Madrid Spain Chapter, and now nominated as a PMI EMEA Region 8 Component Mentor. Alfonso has a Computer Science Engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and is studying for his Ph.D. in Project Management. He has 29 years of practical experience and is actively engaged in advancing the PM profession in Spain and throughout Europe. He received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award on October 9th, 2010 and the PMI Fellow Award on October 22nd 2011. To see articles and papers by Mr. Bucero, go to  http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/alfonso-bucero/

To see the book on Amazon, click here.

 

 

EU publishes PM² Project Management Methodology Guide

 

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23 January 2017 – Brussels, Belgium – The Centre of Excellence in Project Management (CoEPM²) of the European Commission has released a Guide on Project Management Methodology. The purpose of the guide is to enable project teams to manage their projects effectively and deliver solutions and benefits to their organisations and stakeholders.

170123-pmwj54-eu-BOOKPM² is a Project Management Methodology developed and supported by the European Commission. Its purpose is to enable project teams to manage their d stakeholders. PM² is a light and easy to implement methodology suitable for any type of project. PM² has been custom developed to fit the specific needs, culture and constraints of EU Institutions, but also incorporates elements from globally accepted best practices, standards and methodologies. projects effectively and deliver solutions and benefits to their organisations an

Open PM² is an initiative taken by the European Commission that brings the PM² Methodology and its benefits closer to its broader stakeholders and user community. Open PM² provides open access to PM² to all European Union Institutions, EU Member States, contractors and the general public. The PM² Guide provides: A Project Governance Model (i.e. roles & responsibilities); A Project Lifecycle (i.e. project phases); A set of Processes (i.e. project management activities); A set of Project Artefacts (i.e. templates and guidelines); A set of Mindsets (i.e. effective beliefs and behaviours)

To download a free copy, visit the EU bookstore here.

This news was first reported by IPMA on their blog at http://blog.ipma.world/eu-commission-released-new-pm-methodology-pm2-guide/

 

 

BiSL® Next – Next Generation Business Information Services Library

 

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New book from Van Haren provides basis for BiSL Next Foundation exam

19 January 2017 – Zaltbommel, Netherlands – Van Haren Publishing has announced the publication of BiSL® Next – A Framework for Business Information Management: Improving Business Performance through Better use of Information and Technology. The authors include Brian Johnson, Gerard Wijers, Lucille van der Hagen and Walter Zondervan.

170119 - pmwj54-vanharen-bisl-BOOKThis book describes the framework of the next generation of Business Information Services Library, BiSL®. BiSL Next is a public domain standard for business information management with guiding principles, good practices and practical templates. It offers guidance for digitally engaged business leaders and those who collaborate with them, with the ultimate goal to improve business performance through better use of information and technology. Twelve elements – four drivers, four domains and four perspectives – are the basis of the guidance in BiSL Next. Target audience for this book includes business managers, business information managers, business analysts, CIO’s and IT managers, as well as consultants in this field.

While describing the twelve elements, the book offers them insight in the best way to manage, execute and profit from business information management in their enterprise. The book is also the official literature for the BiSL® Next Foundation exam. To visit the book’s web page, click here.

Van Haren Publishing (VHP) specializes in titles on Best Practices, methods and standards within four domains: IT and IT Management; Architecture (Enterprise and IT); Business Management; and Project Management. Based in The Netherlands, Van Haren Publishing offers a wide collection of whitepapers, templates, free e-books, trainer materials and more, in Dutch, English and other languages, in the Van Haren Publishing Knowledge Base. For the latest information on VHP publications, visit: www.vanharen.net

 

 

Further Advances in Project Management

 

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New collection of essays by leading project management authorities edited by Darren Dalcher released by Routledge

28 December 2016 – London, UK – Routledge has announced the publication of Further Advances in Project Management: Guided Exploration in Unfamiliar Landscapes, edited by Darren Dalcher. The new book was published under the Gower imprint. Prof Dalcher is director of the National Centre for Project Management at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK.

further-advancs-in-pmAccording to Routledge, projects are ubiquitous to moden society, yet, concerns around successful delivery, value realisation, resilience and making change stick force a significant re-evaluation of the scope and extent of the ‘normal’ project discourse. The common thread for all of this is around capabilities, skills, attitudes, values and perspectives that are needed for successful delivery and the sustained realisation of interest, relationships, benefit, value and impact.

The chapters collated in this volume bring together leading authorities on topics that are relevant to the management, leadership, governance and delivery of projects. Topics include people, communication, ethics, change management, value realisation, benefits, complexity, decision-making, project assurance, communication, knowledge management, big data, project requirements, business architecture, stakeholder engagement, strategy, users, systems thinking and resilience.

The main aims of the collection are to reflect on the state of practice within the discipline; to propose new extensions and additions to good practice; to offer new insights and perspectives; to distil new knowledge; and to provide a way of sampling a range of the most promising ideas, perspectives and styles of writing from some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the discipline.

Darren Dalcher is Professor of Project Management at the University of Hertfordshire, Visiting Professor at the University of Iceland and Adjunct Professor at the Lille Graduate School of Management (SKEMA). He is the founder and Director of the National Centre for Project Management (NCPM), an interdisciplinary centre of excellence operating in collaboration with industry, government, charities, NGOs and the learned societies. Prof Dalcher is an advisor and frequent contributor to the PM World Journal.

To learn more about the book, click here.

Founded in 1967 and widely recognized as a specialist publisher of project management books and resources, Gower is now part of the Routledge / Taylor and Francis Group. Over the years, Gower published over 1000 business and project management books addressing some of the most challenging and cutting edge topics. The Gower series on Advances in Project Management can now be found at https://www.routledge.com/Advances-in-Project-Management/book-series/APM. The newest project management titles from Routledge publishers including Gower can be found here.

 

Lean and Agile Project Management: How to Make Any Project Better, Faster, and More Cost Effective

 

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New book from CRC Press shows how lean and agile principles can be applied in project management

15 December 2016 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Lean and Agile Project Management: How to Make Any Project Better, Faster, and More Cost Effective, by Terra Vanzant Stern, PhD. Published in December 2016, this new book shows how to apply lean principles to project management (PM).

9781498739160According to the CRC release, this book also includes the following highlights

  • Teaches the application of simple Six Sigma metrics in PM
  • Discusses the adoption of agile techniques in PM in order to stay on task and remain flexible
  • Helps readers discover the theoretical synergies between popular PM programs
  • Promotes an understanding of how lean people skills can help a person become a better leader and manager

When project managers are faced with budget cuts and fewer resources, waste elimination becomes a priority in maintaining effectiveness. This does not mean shortening or abandoning traditional project cycles, though. In fact, fast results on critical assignments can only be completed with strong plans and a detailed work-breakdown structure. The connections, or lack thereof, are what strongly impact performance and quality. This book defines nine wastes found in project management and demonstrates how they can be addressed with lean technology.

For more about this book, click here.

CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of accessible formats. To see their project management titles, go to http://www.ittoday.info/catalog/projectmanagement.htm ; to learn more about CRC, visit https://www.crcpress.com/

Source: CRC Press

 

 

Events Project Management

 

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New book from Routledge introduces project management to events managers and event management students

12 November 2016 – New York, USA and London, UK – Routledge has announced the publication of a new book titled Events Project Management, by Hanya Pielichaty, Georgiana Els, Ian Reed and Vanessa Mawer. Published in November 2016, this new book provides events management students with an accessible and essential introduction to project management.

161112-pmwj52-routledge-events-bookAccording to Routledge: Written by both academics and industry experts, Events Project Management offers a unique blend of theory and practice to encourage and contextualise project management requirements within events settings. Key questions include: What is project management? How does it connect to events management? What is effective project management within the events sector? How does academic theory connect to practice?

The book is coherently structured into 12 chapters covering crucial event management topics such as stakeholders, supply chain management, project management tools and techniques, and financial and legal issues. Guides, templates, case study examples, industry tips and activity tasks are integrated in the text and online to show practice and aid knowledge.

Written in an engaging style, this text offers the reader a thorough understanding of how to successfully project manage an event from the creative idea to the concrete product. It is essential reading for all events management students.

Hanya Pielichaty is a Senior Lecturer at Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln and coordinates the BSc (hons) Events Management programme. Before joining the University of Lincoln Hanya worked as a practitioner for the Youth Sport Trust and Lincolnshire Sport in connectivity to sports events and developing community provision.

Georgiana Els (Dr) is a Lecturer in Tourism and Events Management at Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln. Prior to joining the University of Lincoln, she taught in European universities and accumulated work experience within international tourism and events companies. Georgiana has more than nine years’ experience in events, mainly in the business/trade and educational events segment.

Ian Reed is the Emergency Planning & Business Continuity Manager for Lincolnshire County Council. He specialises in event planning and event safety management and has a wide range of event planning experience. He has chaired many event SAGs and has also facilitated both exercises and structured debriefs for event organisers. He regularly presents on Lincolnshire’s multi-agency approach to event safety at a strategic level, and at a variety of forums around the country. He also guest lectures at the University of Lincoln as part of its Events Management degree course.

Vanessa Mawer works as a course trainer in event safety and with event organisers in managing safety at their events. Prior to this, as a police officer, she was responsible for putting together the policing of many planned and spontaneous events. In this role she was also one of the founders of Lincolnshire Event Safety Partnership, a multi-agency group who work with event organisers to ensure safe and successful events.

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Events-Project-Management/Pielichaty-Els-Reed-Mawer/p/book/9781138832664

Routledge is one of the world’s leading academic publishers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Routledge publishes thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. Routledge is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business. To see Routledge catalogues and titles, go to https://www.routledge.com/. To see their project management titles, click here.

Source: Routledge

 

Benefits Realization Management: Strategic Value from Portfolios, Programs and Projects

 

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New book from CRC Press aims to help project managers maximize business value

30 October 2016 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Benefits Realization Management: Strategic Value from Portfolios, Programs, and Projects, by Carlos Eduardo Martins Serra. Published in September, this new book guides portfolio, program, and project managers through the process of benefits realization management so they can maximize business value

161030-pmwj52-crc-benefits-book-coverAccording to the CRC release: Benefits realization management (BRM) is a key part of governance, because it supports the strategic creation of value and provides the correct level of prioritization and executive support to the correct initiatives. Because of its relevance to the governance process, BRM has a strong influence over project success and is a link between strategic planning and strategy execution.

To help project, program, and portfolio managers on their BRM journey, as well as to support business managers in executing business strategies, the book identifies key organizational responsibilities and roles involved in BRM practices, and it provides a simple reference that can be mapped against any organizational structure. A detailed and comprehensive case study illustrates each phase of the BRM framework as it links business strategy to project work, benefits, and business value. Each chapter ends with a series questions that provide a BRM self-assessment. The book concludes with a set of templates and detailed instructions to ensure successful deployment of BRM.

Carlos Eduardo Martins Serra is a certified PMP and Prince2 Practitioner. He holds a master’s degree with merit in program and project management from the University of Warwick (United Kingdom), a postgraduate specialization certificate in project management from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) (Brazil), and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Federal Center of Technological Education (CEFET-RJ) (Brazil).

For more about this book and the author, go to https://www.routledge.com/Benefits-Realization-Management-Strategic-Value-from-Portfolios-Programs/Serra/p/book/9781498739252

CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of accessible formats. To see their project management titles, go to http://www.ittoday.info/catalog/projectmanagement.htm

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Project Management in Extreme Situations

 

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New CRC book highlights lessons from polar expeditions and other extreme projects

15 October 2016 – Florida, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of Project Management in Extreme Situations: Lessons from Polar Expeditions, Military and Rescue Operations, and Wilderness ExplorationThe new book from CRC Press in the United States is edited by Monique Aubry and Pascal Lievre.  Monique Aubry is a professor at the School of Management at Université du Québec à Montréal in Canada. Pascal Lièvre is an Associate Professor at Clermont University in France.

161015-pmwj51-crc-bookAccording to Routledge, The growing complexity of projects and the uncertainty that reigns in today’s global economy are rendering ineffective traditional project practices and processes. These outdated techniques are based on the premise that knowledge about a project is complete before it ever starts—this is nearly impossible in today’s ever-changing world. New methods are needed to allow projects to adapt to changing conditions. Simply said, project management has to evolve! This book presents the latest steps in this evolution.

To reach the book’s web page, click here.

Monique Aubry, PhD teaches in the master’s programs in project management and executive MBA at UQAM. Her principal research interest bears on Organizing for Projects and its relation to the organizational performance. The results of her work have been published in major academic journals and presented to several international conferences, both research and professional. She is a member of the UQAM Project Management Research Chair and Institute of Health and Society. She is an editor for the Project Management Journal. In 2012, she received the IPMA Research Award for the whole contribution of her research on Project Management Offices. Before joining UQAM, Monique was a project manager in a major Canadian financial group for more than 20 years.

Pascal Lièvre is an Associate Professor in Management Science and has been awarded a research supervision credential from the University of Auvergne in France with the Clermontois Management Research Center, in addition to serving as Research Director of the CRET-LOG Laboratory at the University of Aix-Marseille II. Since 2000, Pascal has been directing a research program dedicated to the Management of Extreme Situations, with a field of investigation that encompasses polar expeditions, fire & rescue services, and the exploration of high mountainous areas. He has already published 5 books and written articles on this topic. In June 2009, Pascal organized a symposium at the UQAM University in Montreal, which served as the basis for a special issue in the Project Management Journal.

CRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of formats.  To see their project management titles, go to http://www.ittoday.info/catalog/projectmanagement.htm. Project management titles available from CRC and other Routledge publishers can be found here.

 

 

IT Project Management: A Geek’s Guide to Leadership

 

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New book from CRC Press addresses leadership in the IT industry

4 October 2016 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled IT Project Management: A Geek’s Guide to Leadership, by Byron A. Love. This book addresses leadership issues in the IT industry to help IT practitioners lead from the lowest level. Unlike other leadership books that provide a one-size-fits-all approach to leadership, this book focuses on the unique challenges that IT practitioners face.

161004-pmwj51-crc-bookIT project managers may manage processes and technologies, but people must be led. The IT industry attracts people who think in logical ways—analytical types who have a propensity to place more emphasis on tasks and technology than on people. This has led to leadership challenges such as poor communication, poor relationship management, and poor stakeholder engagement. Critical IT projects and programs have failed because IT leaders neglect the people component of “people, process, and technology.”

Communications skills are key to leadership. This book features an in-depth discussion of the communications cycle and emotional intelligence, providing geek leaders with tools to improve their understanding of others and to help others understand them. To transform a geek into a geek leader, this book also discusses:

  • Self-leadership skills so geek leaders know how to lead others by leading themselves first
  • Followership and how to cultivate it among team members
  • How a geek leader’s ability to navigate disparate social styles leads to greater credibility and influence
  • Integrating leadership into project management processes

The book concludes with a case study to show how to put leadership principles and practices into action and how an IT geek can transform into an effective IT geek leader.

Byron A. Love has more than 31 years of experience in information technology, working in positions ranging from systems administrator, to applications and database developer, to project and program manager. He retired from the U. S. Air Force Reserves as a Communications and Information Systems Officer after 21 years of service. Mr. Love holds an MBA from Averett University, a BA in Computer Science from Thomas Edison State College. He holds Program Management Professional (PgMP®), Project Management Professional (PMP®), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®), CompTIA Project+, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation certificates. He is employed as the Senior Director of IT Programs for Intrepid Solutions and Services, Inc. and serves as chairman of the Unity Economic Development Corporation

For more about this book, go to https://www.routledge.com/IT-Project-Management-A-Geeks-Guide-to-Leadership/Love/p/book/9781498736503

crc-pressCRC Press is a premier publisher of scientific and technical work, reaching around the globe to collect essential reference material and the latest advances and make them available to researchers, academics, professionals, and students in a variety of accessible formats.  To see their project management titles, go to http://www.ittoday.info/catalog/projectmanagement.htm

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Managing and Working in Project Society wins PMI 2016 Literature Award

 

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Book by European researchers wins coveted PMI David I Cleland Project Management Literature Award as PMI book of the year

28 September 2016 – Philadelphia, USA and Cambridge, UK – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that the book Managing and Working in Project Society: Institutional Challenges of Temporary Organizations has won the prestigious PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award for 2016.  The book was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.

160928-pmwj51-2016-bookManaging and Working in Project Society is co-authored by professors Rolf A. Lundin, Jönköping International Business School, Sweden; Niklas Arvidsson, Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Sweden; Tim Brady, CENTRIM, University of Brighton, UK; Eskil Ekstedt, University of Uppsala, Sweden; Christophe Midler, CRG, École Polytechnique in Paris, France; and Jörg Sydow, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

In this book, leading authorities on project organizing explore the growing deployment of projects and other types of temporary organizations, with a focus on the challenges created by projectification. The way projects are coordinated and handled influences the success of innovation and change within organizations and is critical for strategic development in our societies, yet it is often at odds with the institutions of traditional industrial society.

Drawing on both theoretical perspectives and real-world cases, this book sheds light on the transformation toward a project society and explores the effects, opportunities, and conflicts it has created. As change continues, the authors make a case for renewing institutions and mind-sets and provide a foundation from which to discuss societal changes for the future. This is an invaluable book for researchers and students in project management and organizational theory programs, as well as professionals involved in the management of projects.

More about this book can be found at http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9781107077652

Cambridge University Press is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge, the world’s oldest publishing house (est. 1534) and the second-largest university press in the world (after Oxford University Press). With publishing hubs and offices in more than 40 countries, it publishes over 50,000 titles by authors from over 100 countries. Its publishing includes academic journals, monographs, reference works, textbooks, and English-language teaching and learning publications.  For more, visit http://www.cambridge.org/

PMI is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. For more, visit www.PMI.org.

 

 

The Performance of Projects and Project Management

 

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New Gower book on sustainable project management published by Routledge

22 September 2016 – London, UK and New York, USA – Routledge has announced the publication of The Performance of Projects and Project Management: Sustainable Delivery in Project Intensive Companies.  The new book is edited by Prof Laurence Lacoeuvre and published in the Gower series on program and project management.  Prof Lacoeuvre is the director of project management at SKEMA in France.

160922-pmwj51-gower-lecoeuvre-bookAccording to Routledge, in the increasing number of heavily projectized organizations, sustainable, commercial performance depends on their ability to measure and develop the performance of project management. This involves developing new skills and capabilities, such as a learning approach across projects. It also involves transforming established approaches such as corporate governance to match the new project-oriented context and, finally, it involves learning to use projects to enable key organizational objectives, such as sustainability, as well as the project-specific outcomes.

The Performance of Projects and Project Management offers perspectives on all of these fundamental aspects of project performance. As such, it is an important book for those concerned with project strategy, project delivery and business sustainability.  To visit the book’s web page, click here.

Professor Laurence Lecoeuvre was formerly an International Director within the industrial sector and car industry (1984–2001). She joined SKEMA in 2001. After a few years as Business Programs Director, she is today Director of Project Management Department and Director of the PhD in Programme and Project Management. Laurence is mainly teaching project management fundamentals and research methodology. Her PhD focused on the links between project marketing and project management; she continues to develop her research on this topic but also on governance.

Founded in 1967 and widely recognized as a specialist publisher of project management books and resources, Gower is now part of the Routledge / Taylor and Francis Group. Over the years, Gower published over 1000 business and project management books addressing some of the most challenging and cutting edge topics. The Gower series on Advances in Project Management can now be found at https://www.routledge.com/Advances-in-Project-Management/book-series/APM.  Project management titles by Routledge publishers can be found here.

 

 

Capital Projects by Paul Barshop published by Wiley

 

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What Every Executive Needs to Know to Avoid Costly Mistakes and Make Investments Pay Off

15 September 2016 – New York, USA –John Wiley & Sons, Inc., one of America’s largest publishers of technical, educational and management books has announced the publication of Capital Projects: What Every Executive Needs to Know to Avoid Costly Mistakes and Make Major Investments Pay Off (Wiley; Available Now; ISBN: 978-1-119-11921-0; $40; Cloth)

160915-pmwj51-barshop-bookThe book provides an empirically-based framework for capital project strategy and implementation, based on the histories of over 20,000 capital projects ranging from $50,000 to $40 billion. Derived from the detailed, carefully normalized database at preeminent project consultancy IPA, this solid framework is applicable to all types of capital investment projects large and small, in any sector, including technology, life sciences, petroleum, consumer products, and more.

Although grounded in empirical research and rigorous data analysis, Capital Projects is not an academic discussion or a conceptual dissertation; it’s a practical, actionable, on-the-ground guide to making your project succeed. Clear discussion tackles the challenges that cause capital projects to fail or underperform, and lays out exactly what it takes to successfully manage a project using real-world methods that apply at any level.

Businesses report that 60 percent of their projects fail to meet all business objectives, and IPA’s database shows that projects’ final average net present value undershoots initial estimates by 28 percent. Capital Projects provides concrete, actionable solutions to help you avoid the pitfalls and lead the way toward a more positive outcome.

Paul Barshop is Chief Operating Officer of IPA (www.IPAGlobal.com), a preeminent capital projects consultancy. In this role, Paul is responsible for IPA’s day-to-day operations, including implementation of IPA’s business plans.

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., based in New York, is one of the world’s largest publishers in the business, scientific, technical and professional fields. To see their recent project management books, visit http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-350171.html