Project Pain Reliever

A Just-in-time Handbook for Anyone Managing Projects

Author: Dave Garrett

Publisher: J. Ross Publishing

ISBN: 160427039X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 432

View: 7091

“Whether you are managing your first project or your hundredth, you are likely to face new challenges. Project Pain Reliever offers guidance you'll cherish and want to keep close by.” —Kevin Murphy, Managing Partner, Conner Partners “This book is like a therapy session for project managers. I'm prescribing this to my team. No more guesswork for new PMs. Project Pain Reliever lays it all out, with a 360 degree view on all the possible scenarios a PM will face, and prescribes a strategy to deal with them. As a project manager, I'm often trying to help my team members understand why we cannot do certain things — like scope-creep. This book will serve as a great tool to educate and re-enforce!” —Laureen Heinz, PMP, CSM, Six Sigma Blackbelt, Managing Consultant, Practice Services, CA Technologies “This is a wonderful and thorough overview of a number of very common, yet complex, problems and solutions that project and functional managers of all levels can benefit from. The honest writing style and poignant anecdotes also make this an enjoyable read. I've added Project Pain Reliever to my team's professional reading list... it is equally applicable to everyone on my team — from the greenest summer intern to my most seasoned business leader.” —Aaron Hall, PMP, Vice President, Program Management and Product Development, K12 Inc. Much of the work performed in organizations around the world today is project oriented. Those responsible for leading the majority of these projects to successful results have varied educational backgrounds, knowledge, skill sets, and experiences gained over the course of their lives and careers that do not include the professional discipline known as project management. Most are managing projects as part of their role, not their profession. However, these accidental project managers frequently run into the same sort of issues and problems faced by those whose profession is project management, but they lack the education or training to properly address them. As a result, more projects run by accidental project managers fail than succeed.This handbook was developed specifically for those accidental project managers and for the relatively new project managers within the profession. It is uniquely organized in a manner designed to help these project managers quickly find specific solutions to the problems they are desperate to fix right now! The text is divided into two broad categories: the Art of Project Management and the Science of Project Management. Each part is divided into chapters to narrow the user's search by type of issue that project managers encounter, such as Planning and Managing Risks. These are then further divided by specific problems labeled as sub-chapters, such as 'The company's project management process doesn't work for me' and 'My project is too dependent on a few key people'. Project Pain Reliever: A Just-In-Time Handbook for Anyone Managing Projects is essentially a plug-and-play answer to the accidental project manager's problems, and a valuable desk reference for all project managers. Key Features: Presents insights and specific guidance from more than 30 leading project management experts that were sourced from around the world for their specialized knowledge and experience Provides quick references to problems often encountered by anyone managing projects and specific solutions to these problems using language that is easy to understand and techniques that can be applied immediately Each of the 93 sub-chapters brings clarity to the perceived problem, describes warning signs, includes a sidebar example, explains what will happen if you do nothing, and outlines a best practice solution and specific steps for solving the problem WAV offers handy "What you have learned" summaries for addressing problems contained within the book, additional problems with solutions, and other useful resources — available from the Web Added Value Download Resource Center at

The Project Management Answer Book

Author: Jeff Furman PMP

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

ISBN: 1567264670

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 506

View: 2598

If it's essential to project management... it's in here! The first edition of The Project Management Answer Book addressed all the key principles of project management that every project manager needs to know. With a new chapter on scrum agile, updates throughout, and many new PMP® test tips, this new edition builds on that solid foundation. The structure of this update maps closely to the PMBOK® Guide, Fifth Edition, and is designed to assist anyone studying for the PMP® and other certification exams. Helpful sections cover: • Networking and social media tips for PMs, including the best professional organizations, virtual groups, and podcast resources • The formulas PMs need to know, plus a template to help certification candidates prepare and self-test for their exams • Quick study sheet for the processes covered on the PMP® exam • Key changes in PMBOK® Guide, Fifth Edition, for readers familiar with earlier versions who want “the skinny” on the new version. PMs at every level will find real gold in the information nuggets provided in this new edition. Those new to project management will find the comprehensive coverage and the depth of the answers especially valuable, and will like the easy-to-read style and Q&A format. For experienced managers looking for new tools and skills to help them pass their PMP® or other certification exams, this is a must-have resource.

The Lazy Project Manager

How to be twice as productive and still leave the office early

Author: Peter Taylor

Publisher: Infinite Ideas

ISBN: 1910902055

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 152

View: 846

The Lazy Project Manager shows how adopting a more focused approach to life, projects and work can make us twice as productive. By concentrating project management to exercise effort where it really matters we will work smarter. The simple techniques of lazy project management can help us to work more effectively and improve our work–life balance.

The Plugged-In Manager

Get in Tune with Your People, Technology, and Organization to Thrive

Author: Terri L Griffith

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118112563

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 1970

A game-changing approach to management Too often discussions of management practice focus exclusively on managing people and organizational issues. Rarely, however, do they incorporate a discussion about technology or address all three dimensions in a balanced way. When they do, the result is game changing. In our hypercompetitive environment, those managers who are outstanding at being plugged into their people, technology, and organizational processes simultaneously excel at coming up with effective business solutions. The Plugged-In Manager makes the case that being plugged-in—the ability to see choices across each of an organization's dimensions of people, technology, and organizational processes and then to mix them together into new and powerful organizational strategies, structures, and practices—may be the most important capability a manager can develop to succeed in the 21st century. Step by step Griffith shows you how to acquire this ability. Shows what it takes for business managers to succeed as technology and organizations become more and more complex Profiles exceptional leaders and organizations who are plugged-in, such as Tony Hsieh, CEO of Offers a fresh look at management issues Filled with compelling case studies and drawing on first-hand interviews, The Plugged-In Manager highlights this often neglected managerial capability and the costs of only focusing on one dimension rather than all three.

Making Things Happen

Mastering Project Management

Author: Scott Berkun

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 0596517718

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 392

View: 8705

Offers a collection of essays on philosophies and strategies for defining, leading, and managing projects. This book explains to technical and non-technical readers alike what it takes to get through a large software or web development project. It does not cite specific methods, but focuses on philosophy and strategy.

Implementing Positive Organizational Change

A Strategic Project Management Approach

Author: Gina Abudi

Publisher: J. Ross Publishing

ISBN: 9781604271331

Category: Organizational change

Page: N.A

View: 3640

This comprehensive guide provides strategic project management best practices for engaging stakeholders, and teams to gain buy-in and develop a culture of change. It demonstrates a variety of ways to effectively manage change from the early stages of a project beyond deployment to ensure desired organizational benefits are successfully achieved.

Relieving Pain in America:

A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research

Author: Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education,Board on Health Sciences Policy,Institute of Medicine

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 030921484X

Category: Medical

Page: 382

View: 9552

Chronic pain costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity. The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to enlist the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in examining pain as a public health problem. In this report, the IOM offers a blueprint for action in transforming prevention, care, education, and research, with the goal of providing relief for people with pain in America. To reach the vast multitude of people with various types of pain, the nation must adopt a population-level prevention and management strategy. The IOM recommends that HHS develop a comprehensive plan with specific goals, actions, and timeframes. Better data are needed to help shape efforts, especially on the groups of people currently underdiagnosed and undertreated, and the IOM encourages federal and state agencies and private organizations to accelerate the collection of data on pain incidence, prevalence, and treatments. Because pain varies from patient to patient, healthcare providers should increasingly aim at tailoring pain care to each person's experience, and self-management of pain should be promoted. In addition, because there are major gaps in knowledge about pain across health care and society alike, the IOM recommends that federal agencies and other stakeholders redesign education programs to bridge these gaps. Pain is a major driver for visits to physicians, a major reason for taking medications, a major cause of disability, and a key factor in quality of life and productivity. Given the burden of pain in human lives, dollars, and social consequences, relieving pain should be a national priority.

Your Project Management Coach

Best Practices for Managing Projects in the Real World

Author: Bonnie Biafore,Teresa Stover

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118238958

Category: Computers

Page: 504

View: 3812

A pragmatic approach to project management Many projects fail to deliver on time or on budget, or even to deliver a workable product that satisfies the customer. While good project management goes a long way towards ensuring success, managers often fail to follow the plans they implement. This unique guide helps you understand and successfully handle project management, once and for all. Covering practical ways to solve problems you'll typically face when managing actual projects, this pragmatic book takes you through a full project management lifecycle. You'll find ample tips, tricks, and best practices--all richly illustrated with real case studies. Find out how to plan for risk, get wayward projects back on track, manage a whole portfolio of projects, and much more. Each topic in the book is mapped to the exam topics of the PMP® Certification Exam, so PMP certification candidates can also use this book for test prep. The book's companion web site offers downloadable forms, templates, and checklists. Explains project management for the real world using a pragmatic approach that includes field-tested techniques, case studies to illustrate concepts, helpful tips and tricks, and downloadable content Guides you to project management success by providing friendly advice, as if you had a friend or project management consultant at your side, discussing issues Explores how to run successful meetings, how to get wayward projects back on track, planning for risk, and how to manage multiple projects Manage your next project with a personal consultant: your own copy of Your Project Management Coach: Best Practices for Managing Projects in the Real World. (PMP is a registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.)

Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects

Six Steps to Success

Author: Gina Abudi,Yusuf Abudi

Publisher: J. Ross Publishing

ISBN: 1604270969

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 328

View: 3839

“Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects provides process improvement project managers with a toolkit of good ideas and practices that will give them a real step up on mastering this critical discipline. I highly recommend it!” —Paul Harmon, Executive Editor, BPTrends, Author, Business Process Change, 3rd Edition “Based on real-world experience, this book provides a no-nonsense practical approach to running successful business process improvement projects, including the added complexity of managing organizational change. It has lots of useful templates, checklists, anecdotes, and practical advice to ensure your project executes as smoothly as possible.” —Alexey Gerasimov, CTO, My Event Guru, Inc. While there are numerous project management books on the market and a number on business processes and initiatives, there has been a lack of comprehensive guides to successfully manage business process improvement (BPI) projects, until now. BPI projects are some of the most difficult and challenging to manage. Improving results for the business is not an easy task! Doing so requires understanding the vision and long-term goals of an organization. It also requires the ability to engage stakeholders and manage change. Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects is a guide for project managers who want to improve how they manage BPI projects. Using a simple step-by-step, six-phase approach, project managers and others involved in BPI initiatives will increase their confidence and their effectiveness in managing the complexities of business process improvement projects. Special focus is given to the necessary leadership skills required to be successful in driving change by improving processes within an organization to improve business results.

Project Management in Practice, 6th Edition

Author: Jack R. Meredith,Scott M. Shafer,Samuel J. Mantel, Jr.,Margaret M. Sutton

Publisher: Wiley Global Education

ISBN: 1119298636

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 326

View: 5651

Offering streamlined coverage with an applied approach, Project Management in Practice, 6th Edition focuses on the essentials of project management. This concise, hands-on text is ideal for a one semester project management course, or as a module on project management. This textbook is organized around the project management life cycle, and provides students with essential project management concepts while addressing an important area of industry growth: the use of projects to achieve the strategic goals of organizations.

Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations

A Strategic Guide to Portfolio, Program and PMO Success

Author: Andy Jordan

Publisher: J. Ross Publishing

ISBN: 1604270853

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 360

View: 5547

Organizations invest a lot of time, money, and energy into developing and utilizing risk management practices as part of their project management disciplines. Yet, when you move beyond the project to the program, portfolio, PMO and even organizational level, that same level of risk command and control rarely exists. With this in mind, well-known subject matter expert and author Andy Jordan starts where most leave off. He explores risk management in detail at the portfolio, program, and PMO levels. Using an engaging and easy-to-read writing style, Mr. Jordan takes readers from concepts to a process model, and then to the application of that customizable model in the user’s unique environment, helping dramatically improve their risk command and control at the organizational level. He also provides a detailed discussion of some of the challenges involved in this process. Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is designed to aid strategic C-level decision makers and those involved in the project, program, portfolio, and PMO levels of an organization. J. Ross Publishing offers an add-on for a nominal fee -- Downloadable tools and templates for easy customization and implementation.

Real Project Management

The Skills and Capabilities You Will Need for Successful Project Delivery

Author: Peter Taylor

Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers

ISBN: 0749471220

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 248

View: 6154

Real Project Management takes an in-depth look at the challenges we face in running projects in today's complex and global environment. In this groundbreaking work, leading specialist Peter Taylor examines issues such as the complexity of projects, the virtual nature of projects, executive sponsoring, benefits management and international dilemmas integral to completing a project or programme on time and within budget. Supported by the experiences of project managers around the world and relevant insights from a series of surveys commissioned by the author, with examples and case studies covering the strategies they are using to future-proof their projects, and tips to help you achieve and maintain success, Real Project Management will provide you with the tools you need to boost your skills portfolio and tackle head-on the challenges that projects and programmes present. These include: making effective use of new communication tools; managing projects with virtual teams; time management and how to do more with less; finding and connecting with effective project sponsors; connecting projects with business strategy; managing a multi-generational project team, and staying in control. Real Project Management is a fast-moving, practical read that will help the reader become a real project manager- and enjoy real project success.

The Dynamic Progress Method

Using Advanced Simulation to Improve Project Planning and Management

Author: J. Chris White,Robert M. Sholtes

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1498788092

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 223

View: 5929

Recent computer-based tools for project planning and management focus on user-friendliness and interconnectivity. However, these programs function on the Critical Path Method, or CPM, which was created in the 1950s. These programs, which involve simplistic models and methods, ignore the fact that the underlying computations on which they function have become woefully inadequate for the complex projects of today. The product of nearly a decade of work, The Dynamic Progress Method: Using Advanced Simulation to Improve Project Planning and Management provides an overview of the research conducted while illustrating some of the issues with current approaches. It presents the Dynamic Progress Method (DPM), an innovative simulation-based approach to project management. It also includes instructions on how to use the accompanying DPM-based simulation tool pmBLOX to plan, manage, and analyze projects. This groundbreaking book is a must-have resource for project planning and management. It introduces a new and better way of planning, estimating, and managing projects that corrects some of the fundamental flaws of the CPM. It brings the computational integrity of planning simulations up to speed with modern needs, making it useful not only to current project managers but also to students who will become project managers.

Raise Your Visibility & Value

Uncover The Lost Art of Connecting On The Job

Author: Ed Evarts

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781628654738

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 246

View: 7162

Regardless of your age or the tenure of your career, your organization and industry is changing at an exponential rate. Head-spinning advances in technology, endless bottom-line financial pressures, growing networks of global economies, and changing demographics are significantly impacting your experience in your workplace. In the winter of 2006, I experienced a change that impacted my career and I, like so many of my colleagues, unexpectedly found myself alone and vulnerable. The change for me came in the form of a new boss, who within minutes of meeting me, looked at me and said "I don't hear a lot about Ed Evarts in this organization." Until this time, I considered myself a well-performing, highly regarded contributor in my organization. I had received "exceeds expectations" performance appraisals. I was well known and I thought I had a great reputation. People liked me! During my time in transition, I quickly discovered that networking was no longer enough. In today's active and busy workplaces, individuals need to seek ways to raise their visibility that includes a vast number of additional activities in addition to networking. I also discovered that getting an "exceeds expectations" on my performance appraisal was no longer enough. Individuals like me needed to find ways to add value to the financial aspects that are important to my organization. Value is becoming the new corporate currency! Raise Your Visibility and Value explores the changing organizational and industry environment where networking and performance appraisals are slowly being replaced with visibility and value. Discover the seven visibility accelerators and uncover new and exciting ways to increase your engagement and productivity in your workplace and your visibility and value in your industry.

Family Planning

A Global Handbook for Providers : Evidence-based Guidance Developed Through Worldwide Collaboration

Author: N.A


ISBN: 0978856309

Category: Birth control

Page: 372

View: 4361

"United States Agency for International Development, Bureau for Global Health, Office of Population and Reproductive Health."

The Dysautonomia Project

Understanding Autonomic Nervous System Disorders for Physicians and Patients

Author: Msm Kelly Freeman,MD Phd Goldstein,MD Charles R. Thmpson

Publisher: Bardolf

ISBN: 9781938842245

Category: Medical

Page: 224

View: 4324

"The Dysautonomia Project" is a much needed tool for physicians, patients, or caregivers looking to arm themselves with the power of knowledge. It combines current publications from leaders in the field of autonomic disorders with explanations for doctors and patients about the signs and symptoms, which will aid in reducing the six-year lead time to diagnosis.

Foodborne Disease Outbreaks

Guidelines for Investigation and Control

Author: World Health Organization

Publisher: World Health Organization

ISBN: 9241547227

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 146

View: 4355

"These guidelines have been written for public health practitioners, food and health inspectors, district and national medical officers, laboratory personnel and others who may undertake or participate in the investigation and control of foodborne disease outbreaks."--P. 4 of cover.

Let It Simmer

Making Project, Portfolio and Program Management Practices Stick in a Skeptical Organization

Author: Douglas Brown,Mary Jo Stresky,Joni McPherson

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781522797531


Page: 308

View: 8193

Why can't most organizations seem to get project, portfolio and program management off the ground, despite all the books that are written these governance disciplines? Is there something you can do to make your organization one of those that do live up to expectations? Actually, the best practice books are right ... in the long-term; it's the initial approach that's often wrong. You can't cure a patient by administering an overdose. Right medicine, wrong treatment. Best practices are where you aspire to get, not where you start out. But how do you get organized enough to start thinking about best practices? Welcome to Let It Simmer, a step-by-step guide to implementing governance practices using The Simmer System SM. Dr. Douglas Brown developed the system during 20-plus years as a PMO Director and as a consultant in both public and private sectors, helping organizations set these management disciplines up or get them back on track. Introducing governance is a big change. People are always concerned about how change will impact them, and many senior managers see the arrival of management discipline as an attack on their freedom of action. The Simmer System shows you how to make this change happen with a minimum of conflict by helping your colleagues collaborate to help themselves, rather than attacking you for trying to make them do it. Let It Simmer explains how to implement the components, illustrates them with numerous case studies, and provides practical exercises that show you how to implement the system in your own organization (or your client's). The components are: * Four core principles of integration, transparency, integrity and purposeful service that will keep you on track when things get murky (and they will). * Seven lists of data you can gather that set the stage for collaborative actions without sending up red flags. * How to attain and keep top-level support, and what to do if you don't get it. This is the most essential task in determining the usefulness and staying power of your initiative (which in a process-averse organization is quite possible, at least at first). * Eight collaborative activities to bring your peer managers into the governance world by solving their problems. * How to identify the real decision-maker (i.e., a board or an individual), and how they can operate transparently without losing their autonomy. Implementing organizational change doesn't mean you need loads of experience. Sometimes too much experience makes you part of the problem. You may get handed the role because the organization wants a fresh face with innovative ideas, and you're the right person for the job. This step-by-step guide provides you the opportunity to achieve a dramatic transformation that lasts - but without pushing so hard that the organization decides to get rid of it instead. In less time that you might expect, your fellow leaders will have started adopting sound management practices and your organization will be noticeably more cohesive, collaborative and productive. You'll be amazed at how much gets done once it's not all about you. A word from Douglas Brown: People have asked, "What's with title, The Simmer System?" For instance, tough meat needs to cook over low heat to soften gristle and melt the fat. Cook your food over very high heat and you'll burn it. Turn the heat down to very low and it just sits there. I'm sharing the many lessons I've learned so you don't have to go through the aggravation of determining which correct "temperature" to use. I teach you how to simmer your programs, and end up with a well-run organization.