A Manager's Guide to Project Management: Learn How to Apply Best Practices

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There are plenty of books about project management, but this is the first one written for the people who have the most at stake: the senior executives who will ultimately be held accountable for the successes of the projects they approve and supervise. Top enterprise project management expert Michael Bender explains project management from the perspective that matters most to executives: adding value. Most books view project management from the inside, focusing primarily on lower-level issues, such as the creation of Work Breakdown Structures. A Manager's Guide to Project Management views it from above, explaining how project managers can best achieve the strategic goals of the business; the executive's role in successful project management; and the tools available to executives who want to gain greater value from project management. Drawing on his extensive experience, Bender shows how to: make sure project and enterprise goals align; structure organizations to support more effective project communication and decision making; integrate project processes with other organizational processes; oversee projects more effectively. This book contains a full section on understanding and managing projects as capital investments, including detailed coverage of building balanced project portfolios. Bender concludes with a sophisticated discussion of managing projects in global environments and optimizing resources where multiple projects must be managed.

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“Mike Bender has applied his considerable expertise to crafting straightforward and pragmatic guidelines on making project management work for your enterprise. Now it's up to you. This is how you add value to your organization.”

-Kimi Hirotsu Ziemski, PMP, VP Community Relations, PMI SFBAC; author,When Opposites Collide: Leadership Beyond Gender;

and contributing author,PMBOK®Guide, 4th Edition

 

“Were I an executive moving my organization to take advantage of new challenges, I'd want this book to ensure I achieve the most out of my project portfolio. Michael Bender distills the essentials of project management into what executives need to know without overwhelming them. He treats projects as capital investments for executives to achieve greater returns in this ever challenging economic environment.”

-Michael F.Malinowski, PMP, IT Manager, Exelon Corporation; and author,IT Maintenance: Applied Project Management

 

THE FIRST EXECUTIVE'S GUIDE TO DRIVING GREATER ORGANIZATIONAL VALUE THROUGH PROJECT MANAGEMENT!

 

· Align project management with business strategy

· Choose the right projects and oversee them effectively

· Structure your organization to promote better project decision-making

· Manage multiple projects in complex globalized environments

 

As an executive, you know there's only one reason to start a project: to add value. Now there's a project management book that shares your perspective: a book that helps you optimize the value of projects and project management throughout your organization. Top project management consultant Michael Bender reveals how to make sure all your projects fully support your goals and run effectively from start to finish. Bender shows how to use balanced portfolio techniques to drive maximum value from every project, systematically reduce risk in tough-to-manage globalized environments, and improve organizational performance through strategic outsourcing. As an executive, you realize the rewards or suffer the penalty of project results. Here are the tools you need to get the results you're after—and get them consistently.

About the Author:

MICHAEL B. BENDER, PMP, is founder and CEO of Ally Business Developers, a consortium of world-class business, organizational, and professional development experts. Bender’s project/program management experience spans 30 years and several continents. He has applied his technical, leadership, and managerial skills to projects including the Hubble Space Telescope; NEXRAD (Next Generation Weather Radar); and air traffic control systems for the United States, UK, and Taiwan. Bender is a speaker for the American Management Association (AMA) and Global Knowledge, and a guest speaker at DePaul University and the Project Management Institute. He has authored many AMA project management seminars and recently completed a study of best practices in multiproject management.

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