Project Management for Flat Organizations – new book by Laura Burford published by J. Ross in USA


15 November 2012 – J. Ross Publishing has announced the publication of a new book by Laura Dallas Burford, Project Management for Flat Organizations: Cost Effective Steps to Achieving Successful Results.  The book provides simple guidance for project managers in smaller and less structured organizations.

According to the publisher: A flat organization believes the formal processes and controls used by many hierarchical organizations are too involved, require too much overhead cost, and are too complex and/or time consuming. This book is for the project manager, team member, manager, or project sponsor with limited or no formal project management experience working within a flat organization. It offers clear, understandable discussions about project management processes, provides practical ideas and suggestions, answers common questions, and explains ways to address common pitfalls.

Project Management for Flat Organizations provides solutions to the unique challenges of organizations with flat hierarchical structures. It explains project management theory and offers simple and cost effective project management processes, tools, and techniques that can be applied immediately. This guide includes instruction and templates required to deliver projects efficiently and successfully with minimal risk and investment. It also enables users to develop a framework specific to the needs of their organization.

Key Features:

  • Makes project management understandable and workable for people and organizations unaccustomed to formal controls using an easy-to-read, visual approach
  • Explains project management fundamentals and then walks readers through the entire project lifecycle from management aligning a project with the organization’s strategy, to creating a project plan, and finally to completing the project
  • Starts each chapter with a list of the subjects to be covered, explains the theory behind the subjects and then with the use of examples, visual aids, tools, and techniques applies the theory so that the organization can develop the “right balance” of informal and formal communications, processes, and controls
  • Presents step-by-step instructions aimed at assisting a project manager or team member working on a project or in creating a project management framework for the organization
  • Illustrates the practical application of theoretical ideas by including examples based on real-life events
  • WAV offers downloadable “best-fit” guidance in developing a project management methodology, selecting project management software, and some helpful project templates — available from the Web Added ValueTM Download Resource Center at www.jrosspub.com

Laura Dallas Burford, PMP, has more than 25 years of domestic and international project management experience working with organizations of various sizes, industries, and organizational structures. She has extensive experience with the big four consulting firms and is currently the owner and president of LAD Enterprizes. Ms. Burford has provided consulting services and worked directly for several Top 100 corporations. During this time, she provided leadership for numerous large IT and business improvement programs, project outsourcing, start-up initiatives, and project turnarounds. She has also assisted organizations with developing their own project management approach and methodology.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce (BSC) and a Masters of Arts (MA) in Education from Rider University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). In addition to conducting numerous seminars and speaking engagements, Laura has authored, facilitated, and taught several project management training programs, including a Project Management Nonprofit Practicum for Millersville University’s Nonprofit Resource Network. As a practitioner, she focuses on coaching and advising flat organizations concerned with projects aligning strategy, processes, and information technology.

J. Ross Publishing is an innovative and cutting-edge publisher of applied professional, business and technical books, multimedia, and online products for global professional markets.  At J. Ross we collaborate with industry leaders to provide critical and timely information that will keep today’s professionals on top of new and important advances in their fields. Our mission is to publish products that solve real-world challenges and offer insight into new and effective practices. The J. Ross  Web Added Value Download Resource Center allows book buyers to access value-added materials that supplement and enhance their learning experience — giving them the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned.  Visit www.jrosspub.com.

Project Management for Flat Organizations: Cost Effective Steps to Achieving Successful Results; by Laura Dallas Burford; Hardcover, 6 x 9, 328 Pages; ISBN: 978-1-60427-084-6; September 2012; List Price $44.95. Information at http://www.jrosspub.com/Engine/Shopping/catalog.asp?store=&category=&itempage=&item=14278&itemonly=1

Source: J. Ross Publishing