Strength-Based Lean Six Sigma

Strength-based Lean Six Sigma is a new way of approaching process improvement that combines the best practices of two established methodologies to generate a new approach in order to help you develop and deliver increased high performance in any organization. It is the first book to use approaches in business improvement as well as organizational change for optimum organizational performance and improved agility.

Combining the energy and motivation released through a strengths-based approach with the focus on quality and efficiency generated by lean six sigma, it offers practitioners from all disciplines the opportunity to understand each other and work successfully together to drive effective and powerful change programmes.

Strength-Based Lean Six Sigma

Strength-based Lean Six Sigma is a new way of approaching process improvement that combines the best practices of two established methodologies to generate a new approach in order to help you develop and deliver increased high performance in any organization. It is the first book to use approaches in business improvement as well as organizational change for optimum organizational performance and improved agility.

Combining the energy and motivation released through a strengths-based approach with the focus on quality and efficiency generated by lean six sigma, it offers practitioners from all disciplines the opportunity to understand each other and work successfully together to drive effective and powerful change programmes.

Project Risk Management

A project is never without risks. An unforeseen problem or requirement can delay the whole process, causing havoc for everyone involved.

Risk management is a structured form of risk control that unearths possible bottlenecks early and thus ensures that a project is both better managed and controlled.

Project Risk Management is a practical and concise book that outlines a tried and tested approach that has been used successfully on a number of large projects. The book is broken down into two parts:

Section 1 explores risk analysis and how to control risk;

Section 2 looks at putting these ideas into practice and how risk management can be implemented in different types of project and at different stages;

The book is written by experienced project risk managers and includes detailed case studies (including Euro 2000) which are used to illustrate the theory.

Managing Projects in Human Resources Training and Development

Managing projects in HR, Training and Development is an essential handbook for both operational staff and senior human resource managers and covers all aspects of project management. The book examines how to carry out an effective project intended to make an improvement in a context where human resources, training and development are central concerns. This includes workplaces, universities, colleges, training and development organizations.

The book introduces a framework of techniques and processes that provide practical tools and approaches and there are numerous examples that demonstrate how these tools can be used and applied to achieve change and improvement. Each chapter discusses an aspect of project management and includes examples drawn from human resource, training and development settings. Techniques are introduced and applied to examples and there are ‘pauses for thought’ to encourage the reader to think ideas through. The book also puts an emphasis on structured learning from experience and critical reflection. This practical and thoughtful approach provides an ideal guide for anyone who takes responsibility for leading, managing, supervising or contributing to a project in this area of work.

Successful Project Sponsorship

Project success is a business management responsibility and project management is more than the work of a project manager: the project sponsor plays a key role, whatever their job title. As the owner of the business case, the project sponsor or project executive has the responsibility for communicating the aims of the project, staying in touch with the changing environment and ultimately using their leadership skills to realize the benefits that the project has set out to achieve. The project sponsor gives strategic direction to the project manager and empowers them to deliver the agreed result. However, as a busy business manager, balancing the role of project executive with other management responsibilities, the project sponsor wants more control for less effort. The four proven principles in Successful Project Sponsorship help them to achieve precisely that.

This book leads the reader to success through the powerful and proven four principles of successful project sponsorship. These principles are all focused on giving strategic direction to projects effectively and efficiently. Instead of going into depth on project management theory and methodologies, this book answers the practical questions project sponsors have to tackle and provides targeted solutions to real-life issues, such as: How do I create a successful strategy? How do I keep a project under control when the requirements are changing? What can I do to keep the project on budget? How do I recognize a good project manager – and how do I deal with an out-of-control one? The final part of the book gives tried-and-tested practical guidance on how to improve project sponsorship knowledge within your organization.

Written clearly and concisely for the busy executive, in line with the PMI’s Lexicon of Project Management Terms and with special tips for Prince2 environments and agile projects, this highly practical guide is the essential toolkit all business managers need to make a success of their project sponsor role.

The Project Management Life Cycle

The Project Management Life Cycle reveals the unique Method 123 Project Management Methodology by defining the phases, activities and tasks required to complete a project. It’s different because it describes the life cycle clearly and prescriptively, without the complex terminology rife throughout the industry. Its comprehensive coverage, consistent depth and suite of tools will help managers to undertake projects successfully.

Containing hundreds of practical examples to enhance the reader’s understanding of project management, The Project Management Life Cycle skilfully guides them through the four critical phases of the project life cycle: initiation, planning, execution and closure. Written in a clear, professional and straightforward manner, it is relevant to the management of all types of project, including IT, construction, engineering, telecommunications and government, as well as many others. It is an essential guide to improving project management skills for project managers, senior managers, team members, consultants, trainers or students. Online supporting resources include lecture slides.

The Handbook of Project Management

Project management skills are hugely desirable for managers at all levels within an organizations, and special skills are required to produce the right results. The Handbook of Project Management is written specifically to help project managers improve their performance using tried and tested techniques.

Written by an experienced practitioner, it will be particularly useful if you are: looking to develop project management skills; starting a new project; wishing to acquire new skills; or training others in project management skills. Online resources include checklists, score cards and guide notes for optimizing your project management. Packed with concepts and processes, and tools, this comprehensive handbook will assist anyone responsible for converting strategy into reality.

Project Management Survival

This book is written for the person who finds themselves handed a major corporate project and is wondering how to see it through successfully without ending up on the candidacy list for the sack.

Written from a real-world perspective, this book provides you with a template for success based on project management techniques from the school of corporate hard knocks. Author Richard Jones shows you how to avoid project killers, such as inheriting an incompetent, scared, or doomed team. He also gives practical advice on getting to the truth of a project, getting the right initial plan, developing a genuinely workable plan, and reveals how to manage people so the project stays on track.

If you are tasked suddenly with managing a project in-house, the likelihood is that you will find that you are dumped in an impossible situation. This book shows you how to control the situation and come out on top.