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Creating an Environment for Successful Projects, 2nd Edition

Creating an Environment for Successful Projects, 2nd Edition

Robert J. Graham, Randall L. Englund, Judd Kuehn (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-0-787-96966-0 December 2003 Jossey-Bass 336 Pages


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Since it was first published in 1997, Creating an Environment for Successful Projects has become a landmark work that shows how to develop project management as an organizational practice. This second edition offers solid, results-oriented advice on how upper management can create an environment that supports the success of special projects and the development of new products. The book also includes a wealth of examples from the authors' workshop participants and readers of the first edition who have successfully implemented these concepts within their organizations. New in the second edition:
  • Ideas and practices about portfolio management to achieve greater overall success from a portfolio of projects
  • Advice for helping project teams come together to become more effective
  • Information for developing the chief project officer
  • Suggestions for implementing project management information systems
  • More descriptions about organizations and people who have used these principles to develop vastly improved environments

Foreword xi
Judd Kuehn

Preface to the Second Edition xv

Preface to the First Edition xxi

The Authors xxv

1 Leading the Change to a Project-Based Organization 1

2 Giving Projects a Strategic Emphasis 37

3 How Upper Managers Infl uence Project Success 77

4 Developing and Supporting Core Teams for Project Success 109

5 Organizing the Project Management Effort 139

6 Developing the Project Management Information Systems 163

7 Selecting and Developing the Project Manager 187

8 Developing a Project Management Learning Organization 209

9 Developing a Project Management Initiative 239

10 Creating an Environment for Successful Projects in Your Organization 263

Epilogue: Leadership in Evolving Project-Based Organizations 287

References 295

Index 301

"The authors discuss some excellent organizational best practices and provide steps to achieve them." (Journal of Product Innovation Management; 1/1/2005)