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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

Source: CRC Press

 

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

Source: CRC Press

 

 

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

 

Directing Agile Change

 

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New Guide to Agile published by APM in UK

8 September 2016 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced the publication of Directing Agile Change, a new guide on Agile implementation and governance, available to order from APM here.  The guide covers the main principles of agile governance, when to adopt an agile approach and importantly, how to gain the most value from being agile. Also included are checklists to adopt and key questions to ask.

160908-pmwj51-apm-guideAccording to the APM Governance SIG, agile working has been greeted, by some, as the latest saviour of projects. At the same time, investors and directors of project work are hearing that they will not be involved in agile projects as all the work will be controlled at the workface. This has caused some alarm at senior levels in organisations and help requests.

Consequently, the Governance SIG developed a guide to the governance of agile change. Directing Agile Change is aimed at de-bunking some of the myths and providing good practice on how these new style projects should be controlled by organisations.

Agile is not a panacea – it should be applied in certain circumstance but not others – the guide provides guidance (it is agnostic to methodology), principles and role based checklists for key players.

Agile working is about collaboration and “letting the dog see the rabbit” by iterative and early deliveries of products to users and customers with a view to avoiding nugatory work. This allows the products to be made fit for purpose incrementally and importantly tailored to the priorities of the investment.

Myths have grown – inaccurately – hinting that anarchy will break out with engineers and project staff doing what they want without recourse to documentation, reporting or business cases which form the normal fabric of good project management. These myths are tackled and explained in the guide.

Agile projects are ‘different’ and need a different governance approach and mind-set that recognises and supports the degree of empowerment undertaken. New behaviours are required by directors and leaders; insistence on traditional measures may make agile the worst choice, so behaviour and culture are key. Governance must be supportive not directive to succeed and the sponsor in particular will have different relationships with the work and the project team.

Checklists are provided for the key governance roles within an agile project environment (the board, sponsor, project manager and project reviewers). We challenge the reader to think slightly differently. The thinking is not about throwing away the popular guidance in Directing Change, the definitive governance piece also published by the Governance SIG, but supplementing and altering the disciplines of good governance to new behaviour. We are not providing a recipe to be slavishly followed.

A webinar launching this guide will be held in UK on Tuesday 18th October, with booking available here.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members.  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 the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: APM Governance SIG

 

 

APM Introduction to Programme Management 2nd edition

 

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19 August 2016 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) in the United Kingdom has announced the publication of the second edition of the APM Introduction to Programme Management. For information about the book, click here.

160819-pmwj50-apm-BOOK“This update to APM Introduction to Programme Management brings new insights as to what programme management is all about. It is an ‘easy read’ for the top executives, for those relatively new to programme management who have a thirst for knowledge and for the project management community who should, and need to, understand how their project management skills play into the ‘bigger picture’.” Sir John Armitt

More than a decade after its release, this substantial refresh of APM Introduction to Programme Management brings practitioners up-to-date with the latest developments in the discipline.

As well as the fundamental principles – what a programme is, how it works and how to review progress – the guide also explores the changing environment in which programmes exist, their relationship to the strategic context of organisations as well as ‘new’ frameworks and ways of working, including the application of agile techniques.

APM Introduction to Programme Management 2nd edition is one of APM’s core introductory texts. Written by experienced practitioners from APM’s Programme Management Specific Interest Group (SIG), it is recommended reading for anyone joining a programme team – or those who want to know how to interact with the programme.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members.  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 the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

 

 

Net Present Value and Risk Modelling for Projects

 

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5 August 2016 – London, UK – Gower, now part of Routledge and the Taylor and Francis Group, have published a new book titled Net Present Value and Risk Modelling for Projects by Martin Hopkinson.

160805-pmwj49-Gower-BOOKThe Net Present Value (NPV) forecast lies at the heart of the business case on many projects. Martin Hopkinson’s guide explains when, why and how NPV models should be built for projects and how this approach can be integrated with the risk management process.

NPV models tend to be used during the earliest phases of a project as the business case is being developed. Typically, these are the stages when uncertainty is at its highest and when the opportunities to influence the project’s plan are at their greatest. This book shows how project financial forecasting and risk management principles can be used to both improve NPV forecasts and to shape the project solution into one that is risk-robust.

The text is sufficiently broad to be practicable for first-time users to employ the methods described. But it also contains insights into the process that are likely to be new to the majority of experienced practitioners. All users should find that the models used in this book will help to provide useful templates for exploiting the techniques that are used.

Martin Hopkinson is the Director of Risk Management Capability Limited and has 30 years’ experience as a project manager, project risk specialist and consultant. His experience has been gained across a wide variety of industries and engineering disciplines and includes multi-billion pound projects and programmes. Martin’s previous book The Project Risk Maturity Model, concerns the risk management process and his contributions to Association for Project Management guides such as Directing Change and Sponsoring Change reveal his belief in the importance of project governance and business case development. In this book he brings these subjects together by showing how NPV and risk modelling techniques can be used to optimise projects and support project approval decisions.

For more about the book, go to https://www.routledge.com/Net-Present-Value-and-Risk-Modelling-for-Projects/Hopkinson/p/book/9781472457967

Founded in 1967 in UK and widely recognized as a specialist publisher of project management books and resources, Gower is now part of the 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 Advances in Project Management series of books can now be found at https://www.routledge.com/Advances-in-Project-Management/book-series/APM.

 

Better Practices of Project Management

 

P/PM PUBLISHING NEWS

Based on IPMA Competences, ICB Version 4, by John Harmarij published by Van Haren

14 July 2016 – Zaltbommel, Netherlands – Van Haren Publishing has announced the publication of a new book Better Practices of Project Mangement, 4th Edition, based on IPMA Competences and the ICB Version 4.  The book’s author is John Hermarij.  This is the revised edition of the first text book In English specially developed for training for IPMA-D and IPMA-C exams, now based on Version 4 of IPMA’s International Competence Baseline (ICB).

160714-pmwj48-vanharen-BOOKIn this 4th edition, the text has been restructured to align with the structure of the competence elements in the ICB version 4, divided into Practice competences, People competences and Perspective competences. Therefore, this book will be essential guidance and study book for everyone studying for the IPMA-D, IPMA-C and IPMA-B exams. Besides that, it is an extremely rich source book for those project managers that have committed themselves to a lifelong professional development.

In addition, the book had to be applicable to groups of project managers originating from diverse cultures. For this reason, this is not a book that tells how a Westerner must behave in an Arab or an Asian country, but one that looks at the different subjects covered in the ICB, as seen from diverse cultural standpoints.

Each chapter is based on the same structure: Key concepts, Introduction, Actions that lead to competence development, Self-assessment, Special topics, Assignments. Text boxes, additional to the main text, give additional explanation to the main text.

An elaborate Index of terms allows that this book can be used as a highly up-to- information source to all aspects of project management. Next to all that, a web-site is available with videos, discussion fora on specific topics, and the opportunity to discuss with the author. Learn more about the book 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

Source: Van Haren Publishing

 

How to Manage Complex Programs

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book by Tom Kendrick published by AMACOM

12 June 2016 – New York, USA – AMACOM in the United States has published a new book by Tom Kendrick – How to Manage Complex Programs: High-Impact Techniques for Handling Project Workflow, Deliverables and Teams. The 336 page book was published in May 2016 and is available in hard cover or eBook format.

160612-pmwj47-kendricks-BOOKAccording to AMACOM: Successful program management begins with a good command of project management processes, but these are never sufficient. Once a program exceeds a certain scale, project processes become unwieldy. To see a program successfully through to completion, you must break the work down into simpler, smaller pieces and organize it into interdependent tasks.

Complete with diagrams, graphs, and real-life examples, How to Manage Complex Programs explains the ins and outs of program management and provides concrete and effective techniques for structuring deliverables, workflow, and staffing. You’ll learn to: Decompose complex deliverables into manageable chunks • Develop coherent plans for component projects • Handle cross-project dependencies • Organize program staff and project leaders into a high-performing team • And more.

Tom Kendrick, PMP, has nearly 40 years’ experience practicing and teaching project and program management, including senior positions with Hewlett-Packard and Visa. He is the author of Identifying and Managing Project Risk and other popular titles.

More can be found at http://www.amacombooks.org/book.cfm?isbn=9780814436929

AMACOM is the book publishing division of the American Management Association. AMACOM publishes non-fiction books on business, management, leadership, HR, training, communications, career growth, personal development, marketing, sales, customer service, project management and finance. AMACOM authors are experts in their fields and world-class educators, successful executives, business owners, trainers, consultants, and journalists. Visit http://www.amacombooks.org/.

Source: AMACOM

 

Integrating Climate Change Information and Adaptation in Project Development

 

PUBLISHING NEWS

3 June 2016 – London, UK – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced the publication of a planning “note” entitled Integrating Climate Change Information and Adaptation in Project Development: Emerging Experience from Practitioners. The note is intended to help practitioners assess climate change risks and vulnerabilities and integrate adaptation measures – structural or non-structural – into project planning, design and implementation.

The Paris Agreement on climate change, adopted in December 2015, adds momentum to the need for practical approaches in support of climate change adaptation, in order to scale up action on strengthening climate resilience. The emerging experience of experts from European financing institutions and the European Commission provides insights into how these climate issues can be best integrated into project development and implementation.

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Photo: The Yarmouk hydro power plant in Jordan, courtesy of EBRD

The note summarises this experience. The overall aim of this note is to help make projects and investments more resilient to the effects of climate change and to implement adaptation measures that reinforce the climate resilience of goods, people, economies and territories of the beneficiaries.

The note is based on the emerging experience of experts from seven European institutions working together under the umbrella of the European Financing Institutions Working Group on Adaptation to Climate Change (EUFIWACC).

The group comprises Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), KfW Development Bank (KFW), and the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB).

The note further benefited from the technical expertise of experts from the JASPERS partnership (Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions) and the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS), as well as an advisory group of consultancies.

The group considers the document a continuous learning process that should and will evolve in a context where new tools for decision-making under uncertainty are needed, and where the track record regarding best practices or specific due diligence is still developing.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established in 1991 to nurture the private sector in Central and Eastern Europe and ex-Soviet countries. The EBRD uses investment to help build market economies and democracies from central Europe to central Asia. The EBRD is the largest single investor in the region and mobilizes significant foreign direct investment beyond its own financing. Owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, the EBRD provides project financing for banks, industries and businesses. For more information, visit http://www.ebrd.com/

Source: EBRD

 

Becoming a Sustainable Organization: A Project and Portfolio Management Approach

 

PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book by Kristina Kohl published by CRC Press in USA

16 May 2016 – Florida, USA – CRC Press has announced the publication of a new book titled Becoming a Sustainable Organization: A Project and Portfolio Management Approach, by Kristina Kohl. Published in May 2016, this new book discusses techniques to close the Sustainability Performance Gap, explains how to create a culture of sustainability, identifies key role for project management professionals in sustainability adoption and strategy execution and more.

160516-pmwj46-crc-BOOKAccording to the CRC release: Becoming a Sustainable Organization: A Project and Portfolio Management Approach lays out a framework to create organizational value while preserving natural and social capital. The book provides a roadmap for organizations during their sustainability journey by sharing case studies, best practices, and lessons learned, as well as tools and techniques to drive change. This book is a resource for project and portfolio managers, as well as executive managers, in organizations that are embarking on a sustainability journey. It explains how to engage both internal and external stakeholders in order to reframe strategy to drive this transformation. It examines the role human capital management professionals and policies can play in ensuring that employees become fully engaged in sustainability. It also recommends baseline measurements and metrics to help managers ensure sustainability initiatives remain on track.

Kristina Kohl is the managing principal of HRComputes, a US-based management consulting firm that provides strategic guidance, program, and project management to corporate clients in order to maximize their human capital investment through technology and change management. Kristina leads the Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Strategy practice for the firm and provides strategic guidance to senior management on the value proposition of adopting a sustainable strategy. Kristina speaks at industry events and has been a guest lecturer for the University of Pennsylvania, La Salle University, and the Project Management Institute.

This book is included in CRC’s Best Practices and Advances in Program Management Series of books.

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

Source: CRC Press

 

 

Theory of Management of Large Complex Projects

 

P/PM PUBLISHING NEWS

New book by Bob Prieto published by CMAA in USA

29 March 2016 – Princeton, NJ, USA – The management of projects is an increasingly important endeavor across all industries and all organizational types. It is no longer solely the purview of engineers and other students of the scientific method which represent its intellectual foundation. Today, organizations of all types, public, private and non-governmental organizations, rely of the management of projects to deliver the services and outcomes that represent their respective areas of focus. Similarly, these organizations utilize so called “change projects” to improve efficiency and effectiveness as well as transform themselves to meet the ever expanding array of challenges faced by organizations in the 21st century.

160329-pmwj45-Prieto-BOOKProjects come in many sizes, are varied in duration, and cover the full spectrum of complexity. Theory of Management of Large Complex Projects, authored by construction industry executive Bob Prieto, focuses on a subset of this universe of projects, namely large complex projects that often are undertaken over extended durations. While this is the dominant perspective throughout this book, the constructs suggested and the lessons conveyed are more broadly applicable.

The world of large complex projects is challenging to say the least, with a majority of these projects significantly underperforming. It is this weak performance regime that underpins the key premise of this book – project management theory as it currently exists and is applied to large complex projects falls short, significantly short, of what these projects require.

The book explores some of the performance challenges large complex projects face; question current project management underpinnings and suggest a new construct and considerations for the management of large complex projects. Finally, it offers some insights into how to respond to the challenges this new construct highlights.

The essence of the “Theory of Management of Large Complex Projects” can be captured in three central thoughts. First, that project readiness is a good but not sufficient first step in the broader project initiation process. Project readiness typically presupposes that the owner’s organization is itself ready to undertake the project. This is more often than not, not the case.

Second, that the classical theory of project management which focuses on the “transformational” processes which occur in discrete activities, strung together such that the output of one or more is the input to others, is no longer adequate in considering large complex projects. This activity based focus, memorialized in work breakdown structures, neglects the importance of “flows” within the project context. As we more tightly link supply chains into project processes, we begin to see some of the flow considerations that are core in the realm of logistics as being analogs for efficient project management. Precedence’s and unnecessary coupling of activities may harm a project’s performance in ways that may not be evident on initial inspection. Additionally, these flows are no longer static or predictable.

Third, a core underlying premise that projects are “bounded” is breached in the world of large complex projects. Rather than well-defined boundary limits we discover semi-permeable boundaries across which “influencing flows” transit, impacting the transformational flows within the project proper. These flows arise from a multiplicity of stakeholder’s and other agents who in turn are influenced by the project itself.

Theory of Management of Large Complex Projects; ISBN 580-0-111776-07-9 may be found as an e-book on the Construction Management Association of America website at http://cmaanet.org/ebooks