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Preface Construction has turned into an ever more complex At major structural engineering projects, project mesh of relationships between increasingly accelerating participants from the most different areas of interests processes, decisions and actions. At the same time, and knowledge gather in one place: Architects, project however, there is a development toward sustainable managers and specialized planners, representatives design that leads to buildings providing the best possible of the client, of the relevant authorities and also from connection of functionality and architecture, energy the building and construction industry. Communication ef? ciency and healthy construction materials that can dif? culties cannot be ruled out in such a heteroge- be recycled while at the same time also achieving the ous circle. It is, hence, one of ? rst aims of this book, best possible economical bene? ts. to outline both the participants and the process of structural engineering projects - for planning and con- Following its modest beginnings, the Drees & Sommer struction - by using striking examples to describe them corporation has grown in this area and for over 35 years clearly. Furthermore, the essential management tasks now has been signi? cantly contributing to the develop- and possible management variants are explained. ment of modern project management while always putting an emphasis on innovation when it came to With this book, I would like to thank all employees management method.
Product ownership is an utterly crucial role in most businesses. Scrum recognizes this -- but unfortunately, many companies, agile resources, and training curricula focus primarily on the mechanics of product ownership. Mechanics are important, but only as a means to an end: value. The Professional Product Owner will help product owners and their organizations refocus on value as the primary objective. The authors offer detailed practices for identifying where value can be found, measuring it, and maximizing it throughout the entire product lifecycle. Drawing on their combined 40+ years of experience in using agile and Scrum in product delivery, the authors show how to go beyond merely writing requirements and managing product backlogs, to take accountability and drive the process from vision to value.
Knowledge Management for Project Excellence defines a methodology, called Projects with Learning Outcomes (ProwLO), for management of knowledge in projects, including a process model. This guide enables organizations to solve many known knowledge management problems as experienced in practice. The process model consists of eight processes, which are in turn made of activities. These processes are aligned with the generic life cycle of projects and programmes. They drive knowledge processes in project environments. ProwLO is a tool to institutionalize knowledge processing and optimize knowledge processes, and thereby provides the infrastructure for the development of learning organizations. This book, as a methodology, provides a lot of contextual information for a better understanding of knowledge management in the context of projects. First of all, it provides an understanding of the essence of knowledge. Second, examples of knowledge needs are provided in the context of two PRINCE2 processes and risk management. Third, it provides extensive background information on project management. This book offers a step-by-step guide to executing successful project management in the context of the key processes. It also provides the reader with a decision-making tool, supported by the capture of Cases, a key experience knowledge type. As such, it is an essential tool for any project manager operating in the knowledge economy.
The business analyst role can cover a wide range of responsibilities,
including the elicitation and documenting of business requirements,
upfront strategic work, design and implementation phases. Typical
difficulties faced by analysts include stakeholders who disagree or
don't know their requirements, handling estimates and project deadlines
that conflict, and what to do if all the requirements are top priority.
The Business Analysis Handbook offers practical solutions to these and
other common problems which arise when uncovering requirements or
conducting business analysis.
In recent years organizations of all kinds have learned that project working, once considered significant only for engineering and construction companies, can help to ensure that the intended benefits of business change will be realized in full and on time. This development means that more people than ever before need to understand the basic process, language and purpose of project working. That awareness is important not only for those actually engaged in project work, in all sectors of industry and commerce, but also for senior managers, project sponsors and the other stakeholders. The fourth edition of Essentials of Project Management is the junior complement to Dennis Lock's comprehensive, successful and encyclopaedic textbook, Project Management (now in its Tenth Edition). Essentials provides a concise, straightforward account of the principles and techniques of project management, designed to meet the needs of the business manager or student. Using examples and illustrations, the author introduces the key project management procedures and explains clearly how and when to use them. The Essentials of Project Management remains the ideal first text for anyone new to project working or students studying project management as part of a wider business qualification or degree.
This book provides a thorough review of tested qualitative methods often used in organization studies, and outlines the challenges and essential requirements of designing a qualitative research project. The methods examined include case studies, observation, interviewing and the repertory grid technique. By highlighting certain key 'rules' for carrying out qualitative research and describing issues that should be avoided, this second volume of Qualitative Methodologies in Organization Studies is essential reading for academics and researchers who wish to understand the current state of qualitative data gathering within organization studies. Those exploring organization studies will find this two-volume collection extremely valuable as it contains robust contributions from highly-skilled authors who are actively researching in this field.
Transformation programs are an common feature of global companies carrying out major strategic change projects. These programs combine business and technical expertise to bring together management and information systems. Managers rate firms' transformation competencies relatively poorly, and the success rate of such endeavours is correspondingly low. Using a variety of case studies including: Allianz SE, Shell, SAP, Vodafone, and Mercedes-Benz, this book provides unprecedented insights into characteristics of current transformation programs and the potential that can be leveraged by applying a holistic transformation management approach.
Up-to-date IT project management strategies and effective CompTIA Project+ exam preparation This fully updated self-study guide and professional resource shows how to successfully manage an IT project and prepare for CompTIA Project+ certification. You will get proven methods for initiating a project, selecting qualified team members, conferring with management, establishing communication, setting realistic timetables, tracking costs, and closing a project. IT Project Management with CompTIA Project+: On Track from Start to Finish, Fourth Edition, walks you through each step of the IT project management process, covering critical strategies for on-time and within-budget projects. Every objective on the CompTIA Project+ exam is thoroughly explained. Throughout, end of chapter summaries, quizzes, and exercises reinforce key points. The book features "From the Field" interviews with leading IT project managers and professionals that offer real-world advice and expert insights. * Offers 100% coverage of every topic on the CompTIA Project+ exam (exam PK0-003) * Electronic content includes video training, practice exam questions, and a PDF version of the book * Written by a project management expert and experienced author
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 the reader to use ethical theory to further identify opportunities and risks within their projects and thereby to advance more directly along the path of mature and sustainable managerial practice. Project Ethics opens with an investigation of the critical success factors in project management. It then illustrates how situations can arise within projects where values can compete, and looks at how ethical theories on virtue, utility, duty and rights can be used as competence eye-openers to evaluate projects. The reader is challenged to think of their project management experiences where questions of competing values surfaced, and mirror them in short vignettes taken from real practice from all round the globe. Finally, a new method is introduced, based on classical ethical theory, which can help project owners, project managers, project teams and stakeholders, to identify, estimate and evaluate ethical opportunities and risks in projects.
What is Agile Project Management and will it bring my project in on time and budget? If you need a solid understanding of how Agile Project Management works so your projects can fully benefit from using this innovative and powerful approach, this book is essential reading. Brilliant Agile Project Management does more than just talk you through the techniques and processes - focussing on real-life use of Agile in business environments, it provides practical advice and techniques on how to implement and work with Agile, so you always know exactly what to do and say to make your project a success. * Assess whether your organisation or project is right for using APM * Understand how to implement APM into any project * Overcome common problems with APM Get up to speed with Agile Project Management and get ahead - fast!
To support the broadening spectrum of project delivery approaches, PMI is offering A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK (R) Guide) - Sixth Edition as a bundle with its latest, the Agile Practice Guide. The PMBOK (R) Guide - Sixth Edition now contains detailed information about agile; while the Agile Practice Guide, created in partnership with Agile Alliance (R), serves as a bridge to connect waterfall and agile. Together they are a powerful tool for project managers. The PMBOK (R) Guide - Sixth Edition - PMI's flagship publication has been updated to reflect the latest good practices in project management. New to the Sixth Edition, each knowledge area will contain a section entitled Approaches for Agile, Iterative and Adaptive Environments, describing how these practices integrate in project settings. It will also contain more emphasis on strategic and business knowledge-including discussion of project management business documents-and information on the PMI Talent Triangle (TM) and the essential skills for success in today's market. Agile Practice Guide has been developed as a resource to understand, evaluate, and use agile and hybrid agile approaches. This practice guide provides guidance on when, where, and how to apply agile approaches and provides practical tools for practitioners and organizations wanting to increase agility. This practice guide is aligned with other PMI standards, including A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK (R) Guide) - Sixth Edition, and was developed as the result of collaboration between the Project Management Institute and the Agile Alliance.
This book offers a collection of cutting-edge research on the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ). Introduced by Genrich Altshuller in 1956, TRIZ has since been used by engineers, inventors and creators as an essential structured innovation method at businesses and organizations around the globe. The chapters of this book showcase work by selected authors from the 'TRIZ Future' conferences, which are organized by the European TRIZ Association (ETRIA). The chapters reflect an international mix of new ideas on TRIZ and knowledge-based innovation, highlight recent advances in the TRIZ community, and provide examples of successful collaboration between industry and academia. The book first introduces the reader to recent methodological innovations, then provides an overview of established and new TRIZ tools, followed by a collection of case studies and examples of TRIZ implementation in various scientific and social contexts.
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