Advances in Project Management

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Project management has become a key competence for most organisations in the public and private sectors. Driven by recent business trends such as fewer management layers, greater flexibility, increasing geographical distribution and more project-based work, project management has grown beyond its roots in the construction, engineering and aerospace industries to transform the service, financial, computer, and general management sectors. In fact, a Fortune article rated project management as the number one career choice at the beginning of the 21st century. Yet many organizations have struggled in applying the traditional models of project management to their new projects in the global environment. Project management offers a framework to help organisations to transform their mainstream operations and service performance. It is viewed as a way of organising for the future. Moreover, in an increasingly busy, stressful, and uncertain world it has become necessary to manage several projects successfully at the same time. According to some estimates the world annually spends well over $10 trillion (US) on projects. In the UK alone, more than £250 billion is spent on projects every year. Up to half of these projects fail! A major ingredient in the build-up leading to failure is often cited as the lack of adequate project management knowledge and experience. Some organizations have responded to this situation by trying to improve the understanding and capability of their managers and employees who are introduced to projects, as well as their experienced project managers in an attempt to enhance their competence and capability in this area. Advances in Project Management provides short, state of play, guides to the main aspects of the new emerging applications including: maturity models, agile projects, extreme projects, six sigma and projects, human factors and leadership in projects, project governance, value management, virtual teams, project benefits.

  • The Evolution of Project Management Practice: From Programmes and Contracts to Benefits and Change book cover

    The Evolution of Project Management Practice

    From Programmes and Contracts to Benefits and Change

    Edited by Darren Dalcher

    Project practice has undergone significant changes requiring new ways of thinking about and managing projects. The single focus on the staged delivery of artefacts is gradually being replaced by a wider interest in stakeholders, value, benefits, and complexity. As a result there is a growing…

    Paperback – 2017-09-13
    Routledge
    Advances in Project Management

  • Further Advances in Project Management: Guided Exploration in Unfamiliar Landscapes book cover

    Further Advances in Project Management

    Guided Exploration in Unfamiliar Landscapes

    Edited by Darren Dalcher

    Projects are ubiquitous to modern society, yet, concerns around successful delivery, value realisation, resilience and making change stick force a significant re-evaluation of the scope and extent of the ‘normal’ project discourse. The common thread for all of this is around capabilities, skills,…

    Paperback – 2016-12-08
    Routledge
    Advances in Project Management

  • Advances in Project Management: Narrated Journeys in Uncharted Territory book cover

    Advances in Project Management

    Narrated Journeys in Uncharted Territory

    Edited by Darren Dalcher

    On the evidence of the authors of Advances in Project Management: Narrated Journeys in Unchartered Territory, there is a sea change coming. That change will affect the way projects are perceived, lead and governed, particularly in the context of the wider organisation to which they belong; whether…

    Paperback – 2016-08-26
    Routledge
    Advances in Project Management

  • Net Present Value and Risk Modelling for Projects book cover

    Net Present Value and Risk Modelling for Projects

    By Martin Hopkinson

    The Net Present Value (NPV) forecast lies at the heart of the business case on many projects. Martin Hopkinson's guide explains when, why and how NPV models should be built for projects and how this approach can be integrated with the risk management process. NPV models tend to be used during the…

    Paperback – 2016-04-07
    Routledge
    Advances in Project Management

  • Performance Coaching for Complex Projects: Influencing Behaviour and Enabling Change book cover

    Performance Coaching for Complex Projects

    Influencing Behaviour and Enabling Change

    By Tony Llewellyn

    Performance Coaching for Complex Projects recognises a world of complex undertakings for which the common transactional mindsets and methodologies will not produce the required results. The author advocates, instead, the novel concept that the project manager or team leader should coach the team…

    Hardback – 2015-11-13
    Routledge
    Advances in Project Management

  • A Practical Guide to Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders book cover

    A Practical Guide to Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders

    By Jake Holloway, David Bryde

    All project stakeholders have different needs, objectives, responsibilities and priorities. For many project managers it is disturbing to realise that, for any number of personal or professional reasons, some of their stakeholders may not be as co-operative and helpful as they expect. It could be a…

    Paperback – 2015-07-28
    Routledge
    Advances in Project Management

  • Managing the Urgent and Unexpected: Twelve Project Cases and a Commentary book cover

    Managing the Urgent and Unexpected

    Twelve Project Cases and a Commentary

    By Stephen Wearne, Keith White-Hunt

    Sometimes unanticipated threats or opportunities create a situation in which work is required unexpectedly. On these occasions, such urgent and unexpected work demands an instant start, in contrast to the often lengthy processes of investigation, evaluation, development, selection and planning…

    Hardback – 2014-10-15
    Routledge
    Advances in Project Management

  • Project Ethics book cover

    Project Ethics

    By Haukur Ingi Jonasson, Helgi Thor Ingason

    How relevant is ethics to project management? The book - which aims to demystify the field of ethics for project managers and managers in general - takes both a critical and a practical look at project management in terms of success criteria, and ethical opportunities and risks. The goal is to help…

    Paperback – 2013-01-10
    Routledge
    Advances in Project Management

  • Managing Quality in Projects book cover

    Managing Quality in Projects

    By Ron Basu

    Project managers appear to accept the ’iron triangle’ of cost, budget and quality but in reality focus more on being on time and budget. Quality in projects is often paid mere lip service and relegated to tick-box compliance. This lack of clarity and focus on quality is often the source of project…

    Paperback – 2012-12-06
    Routledge
    Advances in Project Management

  • Customer-Centric Project Management book cover

    Customer-Centric Project Management

    By Elizabeth Harrin, Phil Peplow

    There has been a sea-change in the focus of organizations - whether private or public - away from a traditional product- or service-centricity towards customer-centricity and projects are just as much a part of that change. Projects must deliver value; projects must involve stakeholders, and…

    Paperback – 2012-10-03
    Routledge
    Advances in Project Management

  • The Spirit of Project Management book cover

    The Spirit of Project Management

    By Judi Neal, Alan Harpham

    Projects have always been essentially human endeavours. Large modern projects are generally highly complex, fraught with technical difficulties and supported by diverse, often apparently conflicted stakeholders. The spirituality that originally defined some of the great construction projects of the…

    Paperback – 2012-07-28
    Routledge
    Advances in Project Management

  • Sustainability in Project Management book cover

    Sustainability in Project Management

    By Gilbert Silvius, Ron Schipper, Julia Planko, Jasper van den Brink

    The concept of sustainability has grown in recognition and importance. The pressure on companies to broaden their reporting and accountability from economic performance for shareholders, to sustainability performance for all stakeholders is leading to a change of mindset in consumer behaviour and…

    Paperback – 2012-04-28
    Routledge
    Advances in Project Management

  • Second Order Project Management book cover

    Second Order Project Management

    By Michael Cavanagh

    If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got, and if it's not good enough, you need to do something else. As project complexity increases, so too does the need to do new things. The existing Project Management tools - examples being Earned Value Management, PRINCE2,…

    Paperback – 2011-12-28
    Routledge
    Advances in Project Management

  • Managing Project Supply Chains book cover

    Managing Project Supply Chains

    By Ron Basu

    The success of any project relies on the punctual, accurate and cost-effective delivery of materials, systems and facilities. Typically, a major project involves several stakeholders working together with controlled resources to deliver a completed project. It has many suppliers, contractors and…

    Paperback – 2011-11-23
    Routledge
    Advances in Project Management

  • Tame, Messy and Wicked Risk Leadership book cover

    Tame, Messy and Wicked Risk Leadership

    By David Hancock

    The general perception amongst most project and risk managers that we can somehow control the future is, says David Hancock, one of the most ill-conceived in risk management. The biggest problem is how to measure risks in terms of their potential likelihood, their possible consequences, their…

    Paperback – 2010-11-28
    Gower
    Advances in Project Management

  • Project-Oriented Leadership book cover

    Project-Oriented Leadership

    By Ralf Muller, J Rodney Turner

    From the perspective of delivering successful projects, the value of a skilled project sponsor and project manager outweighs many other factors. Projects need leaders who can give them vision, identity, keep the stakeholders and the project team on board and make the difficult decisions that will…

    Paperback – 2010-07-28
    Routledge
    Advances in Project Management

  • Strategic Project Risk Appraisal and Management book cover

    Strategic Project Risk Appraisal and Management

    By Elaine Harris

    Success in business depends on two broad management skills: 'doing the right thing' (choosing the right projects) and 'doing things right' (good project management). This book examines the challenges that managers face in assessing the likely risks and benefits that need to be taken into account…

    Paperback – 2009-09-28
    Routledge
    Advances in Project Management

  • Managing Project Uncertainty book cover

    Managing Project Uncertainty

    By David Cleden

    Dealing effectively with uncertainty requires today's project manager to be familiar with a broad spectrum of strategies, encompassing both 'hard' and 'soft' methods. This theme of unified thinking (i.e. the need to selectively draw upon a wide range of strategies in any given situation) will…

    Paperback – 2009-04-28
    Routledge
    Advances in Project Management