The New Project Management: Tools for an Age of Rapid Change, Complexity, and Other Business Realities

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Drawing on more than twenty-five years experience consulting andtraining on project management in companies such as NCR, AT&T,and 3M, J. Davidson Frame updates and expands what he introduced inthe first edition of The New Project Management in 1994-a set ofcore competencies for managerial success in a corporate climatewhere downsizing, outsourcing, and employee empowerment are a wayof life. This new edition focuses on the hottest areas in projectmanagement today-augmenting and expanding the existing coverage ofrisk management and estimating, and including three all-newchapters on critical issues that did not even exist in 1994.

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In a business environment where complexity, chaos, and uncertaintydominate, the old tried-and-true methods of managing projects nolonger work well. Whether undertaking conventional projects inconstruction or the defense industry or pursuing information --ageprojects in such areas as information systems, finance, or researchand development, many project managers have discovered thatconventional wisdom is only marginally relevant to them in theseturbulent times. In this new revision of The New ProjectManagement, J. Davidson Frame gets to the heart of the currentrealities of managing projects in the new millenium, offeringconcrete strategies for getting things done in today's complexbusiness environment.
Frame demonstrates why today's project managers must transformthemselves from implementors to initiators-and why they need to getup to speed on such key issues as ensuring customer satisfaction,managing complexity, accelerating schedules, coping withempowerment, managing contractors, managing managers, building teamspirit, and more. This revised edition of the book focuses on thehottest topics in project management today, augmenting andexpanding the existing coverage of risk management and estimating,and includes three all-new chapters on establishing and maintainingthe project support office, new techniques for scheduling-includingcritical chain and time-boxed scheduling-and bridging thebusiness-technology gap when developing project requirements.
The author provides a practical toolkit for today's projectmanager, offering strategies for identifying customers andmaximizing their satisfaction; techniques to help managers evaluateand select products, personnel, and vendors; an easy-to-understandrisk management process that really works; a user-friendly methodof project evaluation that helps managers gauge progress; and ateam management checklist. The book also includes new examples andan updated reference section.

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J. Davidson Frame is Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Management and Technology (UMT) in Arlington, Virginia. Prior to joining UMT, he established the project management program at George Washington University. He also served as director of the Project Management Certification Program at the Project Management Institute (PMI) and has served on PMI's board of directors. Frame has authored more than forty articles and five books, including Project Management Competence (Jossey-Bass, 1999).

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