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Visualizing Project Management: Models and Frameworks for Mastering Complex Systems, 3rd Edition

Visualizing Project Management: Models and Frameworks for Mastering Complex Systems, 3rd Edition

Kevin Forsberg, Hal Mooz, Howard Cotterman

ISBN: 978-0-471-64848-2

Sep 2005

480 pages

In Stock




Now Includes Downloadable Forms and Worksheets

Projects are becoming the heart of business. This comprehensive revision of the bestselling guide to project management explains the processes, practices, and management techniques you need to implement a successful project culture within your team and enterprise. Visualizing Project Management simplifies the challenge of managing complex projects with powerful, visual models that have been adopted by more than 100 leading government and private organizations.

In this new Third Edition, the authors-leading thinkers and practitioners in the field-keep you on the cutting edge with a sophisticated approach that integrates project management, systems engineering, and process improvement. This advanced content can help take your career and your organization well beyond the fundamentals.

New, downloadable forms, templates, and worksheets make it easy to implement powerful project techniques and tools.

Includes references to the Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge and the INCOSE Handbook to help you pass:

  • The Project Management Professional Certification Exam
  • The INCOSE Systems Engineer Certification Exam (CSEP)

"I recommend this book to all those who aspire to project management [and] those who must supervise it."
—Norman R. Augustine, former chairman and CEO Lockheed Martin Corporation

"The importance of this excellent book, able to encompass these two key disciplines [systems engineering and project management], cannot be overemphasized."
—Heinz Stoewer, President, INCOSE

Introduction Using Visual Models to Master Complex Systems xxi

Part One Using Models and Frameworks to Master Complex Systems

1 Why Are Project Requirements a Critical Issue? 3

Maintaining consistency of the business case, the project scope, and customer needs

2 Visualizing the Project Environment 8

Using systems thinking to understand and manage the bigger picture

3 Modeling the Five Essentials 19

Visualizing the critical relationships in managing projects

Part Two The Essentials of Project Management

4 Organizational Commitment 37

Ensuring success with management support, quality environment, and needed resources

5 Project Communication 48

Communicating clearly, completely, and concisely

6 Teamwork 69

Maximizing team energy and output

7 The Project Cycle 84

Understanding the steps and gates in every project life cycle

8 The Ten Management Elements 129

Comprehending the relationships among the techniques to be applied throughout the cycle

Part Three The Ten Management Elements in Detail

9 Project Requirements 137

Ensuring satisfied users by determining and delivering what’s wanted

10 Organization Options 167

Selecting and adapting the structure for the project

11 The Project Team 181

Getting the right people

12 Project Planning 196

Determining the best way to get there

13 Opportunities and Their Risks 223

Seeking and seizing opportunities and managing their risks

14 Project Control 254

Making sure the right things happen and the wrong things don’t

15 Project Visibility 278

Providing project transparency for everyone involved

16 Project Status 292

Discovering the problems

17 Corrective Action 312

Fixing the problems

18 Project Leadership 319

Motivating and inspiring the team

Part Four Implementing the Five Essentials

19 Principles and Tactics for Mastering Complexity 341

Implementing the technical development process

20 Integration, Verification, and Validation 361

Delivering the right thing, done right

21 Improving Project Performance 381

Moving beyond success


A Web Site for Forms and Templates 401

B The Professional and Standards Environment 403

C The Role of Unified Modeling Language™ in Systems Engineering 409

D A Summary of the Eight Phase Estimating Process 415

E Overview of the SEI-CMMI 421

Glossary One Hundred Commonly Misunderstood Terms 427

Notes 435

Index 441

•       The Project Management Institute recommended Visualizing Project Management through its catalogue and promotes it through their website.

•       Previous editions have been adopted by major corporations including Lucent Technologies, the CIA, and Chiron (biotechnology) to help teach their project managers.

  • The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) has recently launched a program to certify systems engineers in much the same way as the Project Management Institute certifies project managers to be PMP, Project Management Professionals.