Optimizing Human Capital with a Strategic Project Office explores the SPO’s potential to transform an enterprise by making the most of people within an organization. This volume provides an exhaustive review of topics such as the hiring, retention, measurement, training, and professional development of knowledge workers in project management. This book’s chapters summarize the latest thinking regarding these issues and offer a model of how the best aspirations of workers can become reality through the medium of the SPO. The authors explore the best practices of project-savvy organizations and offer detailed information on proven models for assessing and developing competency, building inspired teams, and creating a working environment in which motivation thrives. The book includes a set of model role descriptions for staffing the project office--on a divisional or enterprise level--based on original research by the authors. The book opens by focusing on the business case for reorganizing companies around the managing-by-projects model, the roles of executives in implementing project management change initiatives, and the nuts-and-bolts topics of project personnel management, such as competency, recruiting, and rewards. The final section reviews current developments and trends, identifying the “people management” issues that generate the greatest organizational changes. Appendices provide examples of tools for establishing project-friendly HR practices under the auspices of a Strategic Project Office.
Optimizing Human Capital with a Strategic Project Office explores the SPO's potential to transform an enterprise by making the most of people within an organization. This volume provides an exhaustive review of topics such as the hiring, retention, measurement, training, and professional development of knowledge workers in project management
The second edition of this award-winning reference provides step-by-step instructions for establishing and maturing a project management office (PMO). Concise and easy to read, The Strategic Project Office, Second Edition covers the four primary areas of knowledge and practice regarding the PMO: governance and portfolio management, resource optimiz
This handbook developed by the Project Management Institutes Program Management Office Specific Interest Group (PMOSIG) provides practical guidance to the project Management and PMO community on a variety of topics in the areas of: PMO Strategic and Tactical Management, PMO Governance, PMO Services, PMO Set-up and Execution, and PMO Performance and Maturity. It features insightful contributions from more than 20 subject matter experts, successful practitioners, distinguished authors and thought leaders with a variety of backgrounds and experiences from around the World. The authors include best practices and case studies for successfully aligning PMOs to business objectives, and delivering benefits/ROI, as well as numerous proven tools, templates, policies, procedures, standards, methodologies and processes for successfully developing, and managing PMOs and for expanding their scope of services.
In addition to overseeing projects, managers are expected to provide creative input and foster an environment that can respond, rather than react, to changing parameters and fluctuating objectives. Facilitating the development of the skills required to do so, The Strategic Project Leader: Mastering Service-Based Project Lea
Since project management offices began to appear in organizations over the last decade, project management practitioners and their organizations have been asking how to structure project management offices (PMOs) and what functions to assign them. In The Project Management Office (PMO): A Quest For Understanding, authors Brian Hobbs and Monique Aubry address these questions, providing a look at how PMOs exist today, and some clues about how and why they’re changing. Of particular interest to practitioners, the authors address the roles that PMOs play in organizations, which provides valuable insights for better creating, structuring and governing PMOs. When designing a PMO, an organization has a variety of choices regarding the PMO’s structure and role assignment. By providing a way to define PMOs by type, this research explores how to set up and define a PMO, depending upon the specific type of PMO The authors discuss the many bases for the types of PMOs, including structural characteristics and functions, and how these types affect the PMO’s role in the organization.
Due to the increasing importance of product differentiation and collapsing product life cycles, a growing number of value-adding activities in the industry and service sector are organized in projects. Projects come in many forms, often taking considerable time and consuming a large amount of resources. The management and scheduling of projects represents a challenging task and project performance may have a considerable impact on an organization's competitiveness. This handbook presents state-of-the-art approaches to project management and scheduling. More than sixty contributions written by leading experts in the field provide an authoritative survey of recent developments. The book serves as a comprehensive reference, both, for researchers and project management professionals. The handbook consists of two volumes. Volume 1 is devoted to single-modal and multi-modal project scheduling. Volume 2 presents multi-project problems, project scheduling under uncertainty and vagueness, managerial approaches and a separate part on applications, case studies and information systems.
Imagine the dynamics of an international engineering project such as this one: a U.S. group designs, prototypes, and qualifies disk drive heads; wafers for the drive heads are manufactured in the U.S. and sent to Malaysia for subassembly; a South Korean firm assembles these components; the final product, a fully automated disk drive, is completed in Japan. In addition to the global complexities of the project, there are a host of issues in leading the project team spread across continents. Global Engineering Project Management aligns real-world experiences in managing global projects with practical project management principles. The author demonstrates how to anticipate issues, covering everything from start-up planning and supply management to cost containment, post-project evaluation and protecting intellectual property. He explores technologies, virtual teams, traditions, economics, politics, and legal issues in the context of international projects, as well as compares the differences with domestic projects. He also highlights the complications of international bidding, the extra time and effort needed for multi-national team formation and management, and often overlooked project closure tasks. As the world goes global, engineering projects increasingly involve multiple countries, each having unique politics, cultures, and standards that all add layers of complexity to project management. These variables multiply fast and consequently a project manager’s responsibilities multiply faster. Examining these challenges from start to finish, the book provides practical advice on how to navigate the issues unique to global engineering project management.
A comprehensive reference presenting the critical concepts and theories all project managers must master, The AMA Handbook of Project Management compiles essays and advice from the field’s top professionals. Compatible with the most recent edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge® and featuring new data on the Project Management Office, the completely revised third edition shows readers how to: • Establish project goals • Implement planning on both the strategic and operational levels • Manage the project life cycle and meet objectives • Budget the project • Handle the transition from project idea to project reality • Manage political and resource issues Packed with research-based information and advice from experienced practitioners—as well as new information on agile project management, Six Sigma projects, the use of social media, and the alignment of strategy and projects—this guide is a vital resource for everyone involved in project tasks.
As globalization brings different cultures together, human performance interventions and training solutions may be strained by cultures, policies and other lines of thinking specific to a particular country, region or continent. What is considered a systematic process of discovering and analyzing important human performance gaps, such as designing and developing costeffective and ethically justifiable strategies to close those gaps, implementing the strategies, and evaluating the financial results in one country may not apply in another. Human Performance Models Revealed in the Global Context powerfully presents different models of human performance from across the globe, and enables readers to understand a much broader range of interactions, perceptions, models, and possibilities for HR management, training and development. Human performance is high on the agenda of organizations around the globe because they must raise the level of company performance and bring about organizational change in order to continue to survive and thrive in a global economy. Human Performance Models Revealed in the Global Context unveils worldwide, lessons about organizations facing similar, and different challenges focusing on this pressing need to improve human performance. Indeed human performance is seen as the greatest asset to affect organizational performance than any other. Although physical, financial, intangible, and other assets are crucial in varying degrees in different organizations, human performance is the “glue” that holds all the other assets together and guides their use to achieve results. Effective use of an organizational human capital will no doubt be one of the most valuable strategies to help a firm gain a competitive advantage in this global, and changing, economy. Human Performance Models Revealed in the Global Context's valuable presentation of the developments and future of this field is informative and inspiring for a wide readership, because of its broad constellation of cases, its insights and recommendations and foundational lessons for guiding human performance initiatives in organizations. Readers who will find the volume valuable will include a wide spectrum including, trainers in Human Resource Development; Human Resource Managers; Military trainers; adult learning professionals; business administrators and aspiring administrators; public school administrators; business managers; nonprofit, NGO, hospital and community organization administrators;, managers, directors, and supervisors; educational administrators; college professors/teachers, undergraduate and graduate students.
Project Management Offices (PMOs) are not etched in stone. They are complex entities which go through frequent transformations during their average two-year life span. So, what does that mean to project professionals? Identifying the Forces Driving Frequent Change in PMOs answers this question for both researchers and practitioners based on a three-year research effort focused on the organizational change process surrounding the transformation of a PMO. Seventeen case studies and 184 responses to a questionnaire provide the foundation. Results show the temporary nature of PMOs and reveal that significant changes in PMOs can be associated with an organization’s internal and external environment.