Visualizing Project Management: Models and Frameworks for Mastering Complex Systems / Edition 3

Visualizing Project Management: Models and Frameworks for Mastering Complex Systems / Edition 3

by Hal Mooz, Howard Cotterman, Kevin Forsberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471648485

ISBN-13: 9780471648482

Pub. Date: 09/03/2005

Publisher: Wiley

Visualization: A powerful technique for achieving high performance

Complex systems do not require complex project management. The most effective project managers are able to simplify their project environment and organize projects, large and small, to achieve predictable results. This book explains how anyone responsible for a project can apply the

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Visualization: A powerful technique for achieving high performance

Complex systems do not require complex project management. The most effective project managers are able to simplify their project environment and organize projects, large and small, to achieve predictable results. This book explains how anyone responsible for a project can apply the same powerful methods, based on proven visual models, including these five essentials:

Organizational commitment—The foundation for the project that includes: a culture responsive to the project manager; the project team's charter to do the job; the financial and other necessary resources; and the tools and training for effective execution.

Communication—The language and techniques used to interact effectively and function as a project team.

Teamwork—Efficiently working together to achieve a common goal, with acknowledged interdependency and trust, acceptance of a common code of conduct, and a shared reward.

Project cycle—The overall strategic and tactical project management approach, performed in periods and phases, and punctuated by key decisions. The project cycle usually starts with the identification of user needs, ends with project products, and is comprised of business, budget, and technical aspects.

Management elements—The ten categories of management responsibilities, techniques, and tools that are situationally applied throughout all phases of the project cycle by all stakeholders.

Authors Forsberg, Mooz, and Cotterman are leading project management consultants who have helped shape the direction of project management thinking and culture. With the cooperation of their major clients, the processes and techniques in this landmark book have been confirmed and tested by more than 40,000 working project managers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471648482
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/03/2005
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
7.78(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.52(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction Using Visual Models to Master Complex Systems xxi

Part One Using Models and Frameworks to Master Complex Systems

1 Why Are Project Requirements a Critical Issue? 3

Maintaining consistency of the business case, the project scope, and customer needs

2 Visualizing the Project Environment 8

Using systems thinking to understand and manage the bigger picture

3 Modeling the Five Essentials 19

Visualizing the critical relationships in managing projects

Part Two The Essentials of Project Management

4 Organizational Commitment 37

Ensuring success with management support, quality environment, and needed resources

5 Project Communication 48

Communicating clearly, completely, and concisely

6 Teamwork 69

Maximizing team energy and output

7 The Project Cycle 84

Understanding the steps and gates in every project life cycle

8 The Ten Management Elements 129

Comprehending the relationships among the techniques to be applied throughout the cycle

Part Three The Ten Management Elements in Detail

9 Project Requirements 137

Ensuring satisfied users by determining and delivering what’s wanted

10 Organization Options 167

Selecting and adapting the structure for the project

11 The Project Team 181

Getting the right people

12 Project Planning 196

Determining the best way to get there

13 Opportunities and Their Risks 223

Seeking and seizing opportunities and managing their risks

14 Project Control 254

Making sure the right things happen and the wrong things don’t

15 Project Visibility 278

Providing project transparency for everyone involved

16 Project Status 292

Discovering the problems

17 Corrective Action 312

Fixing the problems

18 Project Leadership 319

Motivating and inspiring the team

Part Four Implementing the Five Essentials

19 Principles and Tactics for Mastering Complexity 341

Implementing the technical development process

20 Integration, Verification, and Validation 361

Delivering the right thing, done right

21 Improving Project Performance 381

Moving beyond success

Appendixes

A Web Site for Forms and Templates 401

B The Professional and Standards Environment 403

C The Role of Unified Modeling Language™ in Systems Engineering 409

D A Summary of the Eight Phase Estimating Process 415

E Overview of the SEI-CMMI 421

Glossary One Hundred Commonly Misunderstood Terms 427

Notes 435

Index 441

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