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Advances in Project Management


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Project management has become a key competence for most organisations in the public and private sectors. Driven by recent business trends such as fewer management layers, greater flexibility, increasing geographical distribution and more project-based work, project management has grown beyond its roots in the construction, engineering and aerospace industries to transform the service, financial, computer, and general management sectors. In fact, a Fortune article rated project management as the number one career choice at the beginning of the 21st century. Yet many organizations have struggled in applying the traditional models of project management to their new projects in the global environment. Project management offers a framework to help organisations to transform their mainstream operations and service performance. It is viewed as a way of organising for the future. Moreover, in an increasingly busy, stressful, and uncertain world it has become necessary to manage several projects successfully at the same time. According to some estimates the world annually spends well over $10 trillion (US) on projects. In the UK alone, more than £250 billion is spent on projects every year. Up to half of these projects fail! A major ingredient in the build-up leading to failure is often cited as the lack of adequate project management knowledge and experience. Some organizations have responded to this situation by trying to improve the understanding and capability of their managers and employees who are introduced to projects, as well as their experienced project managers in an attempt to enhance their competence and capability in this area. Advances in Project Management provides short, state of play, guides to the main aspects of the new emerging applications including: maturity models, agile projects, extreme projects, six sigma and projects, human factors and leadership in projects, project governance, value management, virtual teams, project benefits.

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Leading the Project Revolution Reframing the Human Dynamics of Successful Projects

Leading the Project Revolution Reframing the Human Dynamics of Successful Projects

1st Edition

Darren Dalcher
February 18, 2019

People play a vital part in the success of projects, initiatives and organisations, yet traditional project management sources offer limited guidance and insights that extend beyond technical roles and prescriptions. Leading the Project Revolution delves into the dynamics of people, teams and ...

Managing Projects in a World of People, Strategy and Change

Managing Projects in a World of People, Strategy and Change

1st Edition

Darren Dalcher
August 22, 2018

Project management is at a crossroads: There is a pressing need to rethink the approaches used in initiating, managing and governing projects, programmes and change initiatives. The aim of this book is to progress the dialogue around project practice by shifting the focus from instrumental methods ...

The Evolution of Project Management Practice From Programmes and Contracts to Benefits and Change

The Evolution of Project Management Practice From Programmes and Contracts to Benefits and Change

1st Edition

Darren Dalcher
September 13, 2017

Project practice has undergone significant changes requiring new ways of thinking about and managing projects. The single focus on the staged delivery of artefacts is gradually being replaced by a wider interest in stakeholders, value, benefits, and complexity. As a result there is a growing ...

Project-Oriented Leadership

Project-Oriented Leadership

1st Edition

Ralf Muller, J Rodney Turner
July 28, 2010

From the perspective of delivering successful projects, the value of a skilled project sponsor and project manager outweighs many other factors. Projects need leaders who can give them vision, identity, keep the stakeholders and the project team on board and make the difficult decisions that will ...

Strategic Project Risk Appraisal and Management

Strategic Project Risk Appraisal and Management

1st Edition

Elaine Harris
September 28, 2009

Success in business depends on two broad management skills: 'doing the right thing' (choosing the right projects) and 'doing things right' (good project management). This book examines the challenges that managers face in assessing the likely risks and benefits that need to be taken into account ...

Customer-Centric Project Management

Customer-Centric Project Management

1st Edition

Elizabeth Harrin, Phil Peplow
October 03, 2012

There has been a sea-change in the focus of organizations - whether private or public - away from a traditional product- or service-centricity towards customer-centricity and projects are just as much a part of that change. Projects must deliver value; projects must involve stakeholders, and ...

Managing Project Supply Chains

Managing Project Supply Chains

1st Edition

Ron Basu
November 23, 2011

The success of any project relies on the punctual, accurate and cost-effective delivery of materials, systems and facilities. Typically, a major project involves several stakeholders working together with controlled resources to deliver a completed project. It has many suppliers, contractors and ...

Managing Project Uncertainty

Managing Project Uncertainty

1st Edition

David Cleden
April 28, 2009

Dealing effectively with uncertainty requires today's project manager to be familiar with a broad spectrum of strategies, encompassing both 'hard' and 'soft' methods. This theme of unified thinking (i.e. the need to selectively draw upon a wide range of strategies in any given situation) will ...

Managing Quality in Projects

Managing Quality in Projects

1st Edition

Ron Basu
December 06, 2012

Project managers appear to accept the ’iron triangle’ of cost, budget and quality but in reality focus more on being on time and budget. Quality in projects is often paid mere lip service and relegated to tick-box compliance. This lack of clarity and focus on quality is often the source of project...

Net Present Value and Risk Modelling for Projects

Net Present Value and Risk Modelling for Projects

1st Edition

Martin Hopkinson
April 07, 2016

The 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 ...

Project Ethics

Project Ethics

1st Edition

Haukur Ingi Jonasson, Helgi Thor Ingason
January 10, 2013

How relevant is ethics to project management? The book - which aims to demystify the field of ethics for project managers and managers in general - takes both a critical and a practical look at project management in terms of success criteria, and ethical opportunities and risks. The goal is to help...

Second Order Project Management

Second Order Project Management

1st Edition

Michael Cavanagh
December 28, 2011

If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got, and if it's not good enough, you need to do something else. As project complexity increases, so too does the need to do new things. The existing Project Management tools - examples being Earned Value Management, PRINCE2, ...

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