Leading and Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know about Project, Program, and Portfolio Management, Second Edition, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Leading and Managing Innovation

What Every Executive Team Must Know about Project, Program, and Portfolio Management, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

By Russell D. Archibald, Shane Archibald

Auerbach Publications

104 pages | 5 Color Illus. | 64 B/W Illus.

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The primary cause of many project failures is that responsible executives, because of their lack of knowledge in project management, fail to demand that their managers and staff properly utilize the well-proven best practices, processes, systems, and tools that are now available in this field. This book remedies this situation by providing executives at all levels with the understanding and knowledge needed to best take advantage of the power of effective project management and thereby lead and manage innovations within their enterprise.

In Leading and Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know about Project, Program, and Portfolio Management, Second Edition, the authorspresent concise descriptions of

  • The key concepts underlying project and program management
  • The important characteristics of projects and programs
  • How projects and programs are best governed and managed
  • How to determine if the desired benefits have actually been achieved

The book presents a list of 31 reasonable demands that executives can and must place on their staff members to ensure excellence in the way their programs and projects are created, selected for funding, planned, and executed. Placing these demands communicates to the entire enterprise that top management understands what it takes to achieve the best performance possible and fully supports the continuous improvement needed to ensure continued success.

Leading and Managing Innovation explains how to measure the project management maturity level of an enterprise, benchmark against competitors, and identify where project management improvements are required. It discusses the many ways that an enterprise can derive substantial success and competitive advantage from increasing its project management maturity level.

A helpful quick reference summary of all of the book’s key information is included in the final chapter. Armed with this information, you will be well-qualified to give excellent direction to your managers and staff to ensure that your vital capability in the field of project management—and how you manage innovation—is equal to or better than that of your competitors.


"This unique book provides a much required integrative view on innovation, project, program, and portfolio management. It should be useful to any executive who is concerned with promoting innovation and execution in the company. Based on years of experience and writing the authors are conveying a broad understanding of these concepts to executive teams in a concise manner, together with the importance of achieving innovation or major changes within enterprises. The executive demands listed in Chapter 7 are unique in the project management literature, and if combined with the corporate strategy, can produce excellence in selecting and executing innovative projects."

— Dr. Aaron Shenhar, PMI Fellow, Professor of Project and Technology Management; Chairman and Founder, Technological Leadership Institute, SPLWIN Group; co-author of Reinventing Project Management: The Diamond Approach to Successful Growth and Innovation

"I believe this book to be much needed, about the correct level for an executive to use/grasp, and timely."

— Marc Zocher, Consultant, as Project Manager received the 2011 PMI Distinguished Project Award for the G2 Information System Project for the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s NNSA Global Threat Reduction Initiative

"This important book explains why executives need to build, support and maintain a mature portfolio management process."

— Wayne Abba, Abba Consulting, internationally known advocate for project and program management using Earned Value; Adviser to the US Government Accountability Office (USGAO)

"In Leading and Managing Innovation, Russ and Shane Archibald describe three significant attributes related to successful innovation. First, the importance of the presence or, if necessary, the creation of enabling frameworks is discussed. Second, the importance of systemic factors to successful innovation is outlined and strategies for capitalizing on the presence of these factors are discussed. Finally, the case for project driven execution, continuously and acutely focused on well-articulated strategic objectives, is solidly made."

— Bob Prieto, Sr. Vice President, Flour Corp., author of Strategic Program Management

"This book zeroes in on the symbiotic relationship that exists between projects and programs, and the innovations required for organizations to gain market share and prosper. As the authors point out in this pleasantly formatted and readable book, "All Significant Innovations are achieved through Projects and Programs." The special characteristics of innovation are discussed, and the book provides an in-depth description of the basics of project management required for ensuring that innovation is managed effectively and efficiently. It will give the reader a solid overview of fundamentals and how those basics can be applied productively in these increasingly challenging times."

— Paul Dinsmore, Dinsmore Associates, PMI Fellow, co-author of Enterprise Project Governance, and author of 19 other books on project management

"These two really know how to organize and deliver useful new things and useful changes."

— Dr. Martin Barnes, CBE; a Founder, Honorary Fellow, and former Chairman and President of the UK Association for Project Management (APM); and former Executive Director of the Major Projects Association (MPA)

Table of Contents

Innovations Are Achieved through Projects

Importance of Innovation

Systemic versus Incremental Innovation

Creativity and Innovation

All Significant Innovations Are Achieved through Projects

Structured, Well-Managed Innovation

Steve Jobs, the Computer Mouse, and Innovation through Project Management

How DARPA and Google Achieve Significant Innovations

What All Executives Must Know about Project Management

The Essence of the Key Project Management Concepts

Project Management versus Operations Management

Three Underlying Concepts of Project Management

The Objectives of Project Management Are Two-Fold

Strategic Transformative versus Traditional or Routine Projects

Strategic Transformative Programs

Project-Driven versus Project-Dependent Enterprises

Origins of Projects: The Incubation/Feasibility Phase

Post-Project Evaluation Phase

Categories and Characteristics of Projects

The Need for Categorizing Projects and Programs

Methods of Project Categorization

The Project Diamond Model to Distinguish between Projects

Categorizing by a Project’s Products and/or Other Results

Project Portfolio Management

Types of Project Portfolios

Three Types of Innovation Investments

Project Portfolio Management Process

The Power of Portfolio Management

Published Guides and Standards for Project Portfolio Management

Project Portfolio Management Information System Applications

Project Management Offices (PMOs)

The Chief Projects Officer (CPO) Role

Implementation and Evolution of PMOs

Alternative Charters for PMOs

Problems and Pitfalls with PMOs

Assuring Success of PMO Implementation

Managing Individual Projects

The Project Manager

Project Controls

Success Driven Project Management/SDPM Methodology

Evaluating Success in Project Management

What Executives Must Demand to Achieve Effective Project Management

Why Executives Have Failed to Recognize the Vital Nature of Project Management

Executives’ Lack of Understanding of Project Management Is a Primary Cause of Project Failures

Maturity of Organizations in Project Management

Project Management Maturity Can Be Viewed from Three Perspectives

Importance of Measuring PM Capability Maturity

2014 Brazil PM Maturity Research Results

Development of the Profession of Project Management

Origins of Modern Project Management

Project Management Associations, Standards and Certifications

University Degrees in Project Management

Summary: What All Executives Need to Know

All Innovations Are Achieved through Projects

Project Management Concepts

Projects and Programs

Project Portfolio Management

Project Management Offices (PMOs)

Managing Individual Major Projects

Demanding Excellence in Project Management

Maturity of Organizations in Project Management

Development of the Profession of Project Management

About the Authors

Russell Archibald is a globally recognized author, consultant, and lecturer on project management with a career spanning more than 65 years. He has broad international experience in engineering, operations, program and project management as Management Consultant (Archibald Associates, Booz-Allen-Hamilton, CPM Systems, Inc.), Corporate Executive (Bendix, ITT), and Military/Aerospace leader (USAF Senior Pilot, Hughes Aircraft, Aerojet-General.) He has consulted to a wide variety of large and small organizations in many industries worldwide.

Russ is a Fellow and Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) (member No. 6, one of the five original members) and an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Management (APM) in the UK. He holds Bachelor of Science (University of Missouri, 1948) and Master of Science (University of Texas, Austin, 1956) degrees in Mechanical Engineering. As a pioneer in the field, Russ received an honorary PhD in strategy, program, and project management from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Lille (ESC-Lille), France, in 2005, and earned the Jim O’Brien Lifetime Achievement Award from the PMI College of Scheduling in 2006.

Shane Archibald has 20 years of experience in the development and implementation of advanced, integrated project management processes and systems on large, complex projects and programs in several industries and governmental agencies. Most recently, he implemented the first phase of Project Controls applications and procedures for a large, international, heavy equipment design-manufacture-installation corporation, including advanced planning, scheduling, cost management, contract management, change management, and risk management processes.

About the Series

Best Practices in Portfolio, Program, and Project Management

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management Science
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management
COMPUTERS / Information Technology