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Strategic Project Portfolio Management: Enabling a Productive Organization Hardcover – November 2, 2009
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Strategic Project Portfolio Management
Organizations that outperform do so because of a combination of strong execution and great strategy. Lack of either results in failure. Effective port-folio management helps achieve outperformance, making your strategy real through organizational change.
Practical and filled with expert advice, Strategic Project Portfolio Management: Enabling a Productive Organization presents a clear framework for your organization to complete significant strategic projects. Providing executive-level guidance to build a powerful and efficient process from initial adoption to portfolio alignment, this essential resource contains case studies from small to multinational organizations, arming you with the insights to ensure your strategic projects are given the resources they need to deliver business impact. This important guide introduces several key initiatives that will dramatically improve your ability to execute effectively on a strategic portfolio, including:
Setting bold goals for both the business, and therefore the portfolio, and sharing these goals repeatedly and broadly
How to go beyond project portfolio management to a holistic work management system
Sharing portfolio information broadly with as many employees as possible
Why technology is the key to developing new collaborative platforms and innovative work management environments
A framework for assessing project portfolio management competence within your organization and driving momentum for compelling improvements
Examining and cutting processes regularly
Portfolio management is a process, requiring the com-bination of the right processes and the right technology to support it. Filled with cases from best-in-class organizations illustrating how results were achieved using processes outlined in the book, Strategic Project Portfolio Management: Enabling a Productive Organization offers the practical recommendations, guidance, and real-world insights you need to immediately begin driving better project management strategy.
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Strategic Project Portfolio Management
Enabling A Productive Organization
Praise for Strategic Project Portfolio Management
"Project management has been around for years as a bottom-up process but Simon now brings the concept to the executive suite. Strategic Project Portfolio Management shows senior management how to shift to a return-on-investment driven organization. Simon's experience meeting executives while at Microsoft makes him the ideal person to bring project portfolio management to management."
Chris Vandersluis, President, HMS Software
"Innovation and constant improvement are essential for every?organization in our fiercely competitive world, making both project selection and project execution strategic capabilities.?Simon Moore shows us how project portfolio management forms a holistic business process that informs executive decisions and motivates project teams."
Eric Verzuh, author, The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, Third Edition
"Simon Moore has laid out a complete overview of the world of project portfolio management. Excellent reading for those who are looking for insight into how businesses can benefit from this continuously evolving discipline."
Rudi van den Berg, Partner Manager, Pcubed
"A great top-down book on the top of the mind issues that face project-driven organizations today. Sharp and precisely written as a hub of knowledge and hands-on practice manual for teams implementing or improving best practices for strategic project portfolio management. When you are in for the deep dive, you find the references for further reading."
Magnus Holmlid, Senior Advisor Enterprise Project Management, Camako, Sweden
More About the Author
He has previously worked at Putnam Investments, Microsoft, Anheuser-Busch and the Bank of England. He has also served as a strategic consultant to firms in the technology, retail and financial industries. He has written for Forbes, Yahoo Finance, the Huffington Post and the UK's Guardian newspaper.
He has a BA (Hons) from Oxford University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He also studied in Chulalongkorn University and Asia and hold the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Simon was born in the UK and currently lives in Seattle, USA.
Top Customer Reviews
I feel like many companies could probably save fortunes by reading this book instead of hiring consultants from many top tier firms. You could essentially take this book and follow it as a step-by-step tutorial for making any project succeed. For example, Simon discusses in one chapter the 10 steps for a successful strategic project portfolio management process: know what you have, build momentum, define business goals, capture ideas, be transparent, prioritize, use efficient decision making, establish communication frameworks, conduct postmortems, and improve continually. These may sound like no brainers, but you'll be surprised how many people stray from these steps and lose their focus when they're caught in the excitement of developing their ideas.
If you're an entrepreneur with or without an MBA, this book will help you strategize and plan the next steps after you've settled on your block buster idea. If you're a CEO or you're managing projects within a company, you'll learn in addition the early stages of generating the perfect balance of ideas and resources for creating a portfolio of projects with the highest chance of success.
Amazing book. Learned a ton so far. It's written very well and gets straight to the point. Looking forward to other books by Simon Moore. Keep up the great work.
The book has been written in an easy-to-read style and it provides pragmatic ideas on how to best help an organization manage their portfolio, using concepts such as: Anchoring, superior estimation, batch vs. ad hoc prioritization, one portfolio or many, private collection of information, winner's curse, innovation vs. improvement projects, accounting vs. project management, etc. In short, the book is a recommender for all PPM practitioners!
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I didn't get the job, but I did find his book extremely useful. During my interview, I failed to explain a complex financial concept in way that was easy to understand. Read morePublished 19 months ago by The truth
good practical description of methods and tool how to connect organizatioa success with good startegic approach which includes poject portfolio.Published on January 20, 2013 by TADEJA
A broad overview of the project management discipline. The case studies and illustrations make things clear.Published on November 28, 2009 by Holly A. Sciackitano