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Adaptive Project Planning

This text explores why you must plan when using agile approaches, how to approach the planning in stakeholder complex projects, and how to plan for innovation.

Despite claims to the contrary, there is no single approach to planning a project, but for a given project, there is a best one. This book takes you through many planning situations you will meet. The authors use stories of real projects to show how planning decisions alter depending on the project context. They discuss how resource-constrained planning differs from end-date schedule planning and look at what is different between cost-constrained plans and time boxing.

The text explores why you must plan when using agile approaches, how to approach the planning in stakeholder complex projects, and how to plan for innovation. For project managers, getting involved with increasingly complex projects, it’s all about developing your judgment. The crucial judgments remain how to plan and structure a project. Through the exploration of many types of projects and the introduction of models and an approach to planning this book will aid your journey into high-performance project management.

 

The Lost Art of Project Planning

Appropriate planning of a project is the hallmark of a professional project manager. Good planning is what sets apart great projects from accidents.

Purposeful planning is what ensures that the executive actions undertaken remain connected to the goals and outcomes expected by the stakeholders. There is no single approach to planning a project, but neither is project planning a free-for-all. This book takes you through many of the common planning situations you will meet, addressing how planning decisions alter depending on the project context.

It also discusses how resource-constrained planning differs from end-date schedule planning. The authors look at what is different between cost-constrained plans and time boxing and they discuss why you must plan when using Agile, and how to plan for innovation, as well as planning when managing a project portfolio, and what planning means in a program. To tell this story, we have distilled over seventy years of our combined personal experience of supporting project managers deliver, and thousands of person-years of others’ practical knowledge to illustrate tools, models, and approaches that suggest what to do in what circumstances.

You can find examples of the models used on our Model’s page.

 

 

 

Stakeholder-led project management: Changing the way we manage projects

This book provides a stakeholder-centric analysis of projects, and explains which engagement models are relevant to different types of projects—from simple office moves to IT enterprise changes, to transformational change of a business, and to complex social development.

With case studies from around the world, the book illustrates what goes wrong when stakeholders are not engaged successfully, what amazing things happen when they are, and what lessons can be learned from both experiences.

Cases drawn from a variety of contexts are used to demonstrate the application of stakeholder tools, leaving the reader with a very practical understanding of which techniques may be beneficially applied to their own projects.

If you need to know how agenda-based stakeholders affect the planning of a project? If some of your role-based stakeholders won’t engage? If you need to persuade some, and inspire action in others, how do you go about it? What are the six big principles of stakeholder engagement?

This book answers these questions and many more, all focused on how do you engage with stakeholders to deliver successful project outcomes.

Available on Amazon.com
and Amazon.co.uk

 

Reviews:

Boosting Business Benefits

Given that benefits are the justification for undertaking investment initiatives, it is not acceptable that they are not achieved and even less acceptable that they are not managed. “… in medium to large enterprises not all staff are imbued with a sense of the company’s strategic direction and how this cascades through to the work they do …” “… strict Cost-Benefit Analysis often does not reflect the current or future needs of an organization. ” This book provides real examples of why such issues matter and how they can be addressed. Essential reading for those serious about benefits realization.

About the authors

All of the authors are leading practitioners in the managing benefits space, albeit from different perspectives. By bringing them together, we are able to provide the reader with a consolidated view of various best-practice approaches with practical examples.

Merete Sorensen has most recently worked with ASIC to strengthen their benefits management capability.

Bob Hudson from Fujitsu has global experience in transformation programs and was a contributor to the Information Paradox (the authoritative text on getting value from your IT investments).

Dr Christopher Worsley has worked for decades in Europe and Africa in successfully helping organisations turn their strategy into reality.

Graham Colborne, formally recognised for his exceptional contribution to project management, has just formed Projetics after his vast experience in all aspects of portfolio, programme and project management.

The editors, Darilyn Evans and Alison Cesaro, are principals of the Benefits Institute, a training arm of P3 Practices which provides consulting services and contractors specialising in performance improvement from projects and programs.

Available from:

Google Books: https://books.google.co.za/books/about/Boosting_Business_Benefits.html?id=0l9wAwAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y