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This interactive text takes the reader step-by-step through project management, acting as a valuable executive companion to delivering successful projects and managing portfolios of projects to drive a business forward.
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The Project Workout: The ultimate handbook of project and programme management by Robert Buttrick

"an important book, taking a lead role in growing a new generation of professional project managers." Oded Cohen, The Goldratt Institute.

Put yourself and your business through the Project Workout learn to direct and manage the programmes and projects that will deliver results, drive change and improve the health of your business.

Project Workout shows you how to:

  • Identify and overcome common challenges

  • Measure critical success factors in any project

  • Master a staged framework for managing a project

  • Set up your project and manage the team, the schedule, the finances and the risks

  • Develop the soft (interpersonal) and hard (structured management) skills of the effective project manager

  • Manage a portfolio of projects

  • Use project and programme management to direct and deliver change

  • Improve your project tracking and delivery

This book is supported by the Project Workout Live online resource (go to www.live.projectworkout.com),

A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO THE ART OF PROJECT AND PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT

Projects are an important strategic management tool and a way of life for every business person. But how do you get started and how do you ensure a successful outcome?This 4th edition of the definitive book on business-led project management offers help at every stage, from building a project team right up to reaping the rewards of a timely and successful project. Project Workoutgives you practical, immediately usable methods for directing and managing complete portfolios of projects as well as individual projects.

Throughout the books is a collection of Workouts for you to use: exercises, problem posers, and techniques to help you put the book's advice into practice straightaway. These are also provided on the enclosed CD-ROM, ready for you to print out and use with your team. The CD also contains handy templates including a Health Check, MS Project views and project logs, which can be downloaded to your desktop ready for use.

Project Workoutis a valuable companion for project managers and executives at any level and a comprehensive resource for students of project management.

About the author

Robert Buttrickhas worked in project and programme management in many of the world's most turbulent industrial sectors,includingtelecommunicationsand system engineering. Recently he has been engaged on a GBP1bn program to implement health systems in the UK. Before taking up his corporate career in 1993, Robert was with PA Consulting Group, a management and technology consultancy. There, he specialized in business-led project management, advising clients such as Lloyds TSB Bank, National Rivers Authority, Property Services Agency, Avon Industrial Polymers, National Westminster Bank, and RHM.

Robert is a Master of Business Administration (Henley Management College), a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. His main pastime is watercolor painting. His one, unknown, claim to fame is that he once stopped a column of Russian tanks dead in its tracks.

Robert can be contacted via his website, www.projectworkout.com.

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About Robert Buttrick


Robert Buttrick is an international authority on business-led, strategic programme and project management with a successful track record for building strategic project management centres of excellence, in a wide variety of blue-chip companies.

He is a published author (The Project Workout) and an active contributor to project management methods, best practice, professional journals and conferences.

Robert received a Distinguished Service Certificate from BSI for services to national and international project management standards; he is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, is a Chartered Engineer and an Honorary Fellow of the Association for Project Management. He currently works as a consultant and is a Visiting Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick.

Table of Contents



List of Project Workouts

Foreword by Robert Heller

Acknowledgments

Preface to the Third Edition by Peter Ellwood

Introduction

Part One: Challenges To Be Faced

1 Challenges We Need to Face

Problems, more problems

Initiatives fail, are canceled, or never get started why?

2 Advice the Best Companies Give Us

The study

The lessons and their implications

But we're different!: organization context

Conclusion

Part Two: A Walk Through a Project

3 The Project Framework: an Overview of its Gates and Stages

Projects as vehicles of change

Stages and gates

The project framework

Some key questions

How can I apply the framework?

4 Who Does What?

The players

5 The Proposal: Identify the Need

Overview

Key deliverable

Process steps

6 The Initial Investigation Stage: Have a Quick Look at It!

Overview

Key deliverables

Process steps

7 The Detailed Investigation Stage: Promising . . . Let's Have a Closer Look

Overview

Key deliverables

Process steps

8 The Develop and Test Stage: Do It!

Overview

Key deliverables

Process steps

9 The Trial Stage: Try It Out

Overview &nbssp;

Key deliverables

Process steps

10 The Release Stage: Let's Get Going!

Overview

Key deliverable

Process steps

11 The Post-Implementation Review: How Did We Do?

Overview

Key deliverable

12 Applying the Staged Framework

Four types of project

Fitting into the staged framework ;

Small stuff, or "simple" projects

Rapid projects

"Just do it" projects: loose cannons

Big stuff, or projects and subprojects

Work packages

13 A Few Related Projects: Programs

Programs

Sharing projects: interdependencies

Part Three: Dealing With Many Projects

14 Portfolios of Projects

The Business Program

What's different about business program management?

Managing the portfolio

Prerequisites for effective portfolio management

15 There Are Too Many Projects to Do!

Principles for selecting projects

Project authorization

Selecting the right projects

Far too many projects!

Putting the brakes on

16 Have I Got the Resources?

Conditions for total resource planning

White space: the freedom to change

How can I meet the three conditions?

How detailed does resource forecasting need to be?

17 An Environment for Managing Your Portfolio

New structures for old

Support offices

The tools to help it work: systems

Lists: keeping tabs on your projects

Harnessing web technology

What would such a system look like?

Management accounting systems

Putting your systems together

Part Four: Making Projects Work For You

18 Project Teams and Style

Culture: the way we do things around here

Project teams

Leadership and influence

I thought you were doing that!: accountability

19 Project Setup

How to go about it

Set up the project team

Prepare a project definition

Prepare the project plan

Define your project organization

Engage your stakeholders

20 Managing Benefits

Benefits and drivers

Forecasting benefits

Timing of benefits

21 Managing the Schedule

The project schedule

Summary and detailed schedule plan

Tracking progress toward your objectives

Schedule reports

Reports used when drafting a plan

Report used to update the forecast

Reports used for progress reporting

So why are we nearly always late?

22 Managing the Finances

The financial plan

Financial management controls

Estimating the costs

Authorization to spend funds

Recording actual costs and committed costs

Financial reporting

Earned value

23 Managing What Might Go Wrong (or Right): Risks and Opportunities

Considering possible risks and opportunities

Addressing risk at the start of the project

Addressing opportunities at the start of the project

Monitoring once the project is in progress

Tips on using the risk and opportunity log

More sophisticated risk evaluation techniques

24 Managing What Has Gone Wrong (or Right!): Issues

What do we mean by "issues?"

When an issue is identified

Tips on using the issues log

25 Let's Do It Differently!: Change Control

Controlling change

The change control process

Accountabilities for change decisions

The change request form &nbs

26 Reviews and More Reviews

Keeping sight of the objectives

Review when a proposal is raised

Review at the Detailed Investigation Gate

Reviews during the project

Project Closure Review

Post-Implementation Review

Recording agreement quality reviews

27 Closing the Project

Project closure

The closure report

The closure meeting

Closure actions &bsp;

Part Five: Implementing the Framework

28 Implementing the Framework

Advice from other companies

Corporate maturity

Finding help in implementing a projects approach

A strategy for implementation

Appendix A Glossary

Appendix B A project process framework

Index

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The Project Workout: The ultimate handbook of project and programme management by Robert Buttrick
Robert Buttrick
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Pearson Education Limited
2009-12-15
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0273723898
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