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The first and only executive's guide to driving greater business value through project management!

  • Everything executives need to know to align project management with business strategy, choose the right projects, and oversee them effectively.
  • How to define organizational structures that promote effective project communication and decision-making.
  • Includes indispensable guidance on managing multiple projects in complex globalized environments.
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    • Copyright 2010
    • Edition: 1st
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    • ISBN-10: 0-13-713690-0
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-713690-2

    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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    A Manager's Guide to Project Management: The Goals of Project Management

    Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments . . . ix

    About the Author . . . x

    Preface . . . xi

    Part I Understanding Projects and Project Management

    Chapter 1 The Goals of Project Management . . . 1

    Chapter 2 Project Management Framework and Structure . . . 13

    Chapter 3 Project Definition and Planning . . . 27

    Part II Aligning Project Management with the Organization

    Chapter 4 Strategic Alignment . . . 53

    Chapter 5 A Framework for Strategic Alignment . . . 67

    Chapter 6 Organizational Alignment . . . 89

    Chapter 7 Process Alignment . . . 109

    Part III Project Management Oversight

    Chapter 8 Project Cost Management . . . 131

    Chapter 9 Project Oversight . . . 151

    Chapter 10 Project Management Oversight . . . 167

    Part IV Projects as Capital Investments

    Chapter 11 Projects as Capital Investments . . . 183

    Chapter 12 Developing a Balanced Portfolio . . . 201

    Chapter 13 Balanced Portfolio Techniques in Action . . . 217

    Part V Globalization and Resource Optimization

    Chapter 14 Globalization and Strategic Outsourcing . . . 229

    Chapter 15 Optimizing Resources in a Multiproject Environment . . 247*

    Endnotes . . . 265

    Index . . . 269

    *NOTE: Chapter 15 is available for free online at www.ftpress.com/title/9780137136902.


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