Look around your organization: can you identify who owns project management? Would that person appreciate that they own responsibility for your projects? Project Leadership: Creating Value with an Adaptive Project Organization highlights the importance of these questions—underlining the importance not only of the project team but on the culture of executive leadership to the success of projects. It offers straight-forward takeaways and solutions to provide executives with the tools to implement an effective project environment.
The book begins with a discussion of the project environment and what it means for a project to succeed or fail in today’s world. It introduces the Adaptive Project Management Model followed by a review of the systems and tools that give firms increasing ability to maintain priority on strategic projects and manage their associated uncertainty. Working through the book, you can progressively apply tactics from each chapter to increase your project leadership capability and improve your process so that your projects adapt as required depending on the nature of the portfolio itself.
Ask yourself this—what is my customer buying? What do they really want? The one element that all organizations have in common is that customers are buying execution, and not much else. Therefore, ultimately, this book is about execution—getting things done and making things happen. It details methods and tactics that help you execute projects more effectively and give your organization the edge in the current, fast-paced marketplace.
The Project Environment
Cooking with Campbell’s: DuPont Goes Downstream in the Le Menu Dinner
Why Projects Fail
Channel Tunnel (Chunnel) Project
Why Projects Fail
The Case for Project Leadership
The Adaptive Project Leadership Model
Why Project Leadership Is Important: Redux
Assessing the Need for Project Leadership
The 92nd Grey Cup (2004): A Case in Project Leadership
Project Oversight and Visibility
Leadership through the Intersection Points
Leadership through Effective Oversight and Visibility
Oversight and Visibility at Access Copyright
The Paradox of Project Control
The Need for Control
The Project Leadership Gap and the Paradox of Control
Establishing Effective Project Control
Institutionalization: Moving from Leadership to Organizational Control
Four Systems of Organizational Control
Effective Decision Control
Managing the Paradox: IT Project Delivery in the Canadian Government
Risk and Crisis Management
The Steps in Risk Management
Project Timing and Acceleration
Barriers to Effective Project Estimates
Increasing Estimate Accuracy
Strategy, Execution, and the Operating Plan
Project Visibility and Reinforcing Strategy: The Operating Plan
Building an Adaptive Project Organization
What Is an Adaptive Organization?
Moving from Order to Adaptive
The Anatomy of an Adaptive Project Organization
Building an Adaptive Project Organization at Bright Star
Appendix A: Project Leadership Organizational Self-Assessment
Project Leadership Assessment
Analyzing Your Results
Appendix B: Failure Mode and Effects Analysis
"Barry and Kathryn, through their knowledge and experience offer a very effective and practical way to understand and manage a culture of project management. As one of their former students and a senior executive with a wide experience in project management in the federal government, I can confirm with certainty that numerous best practices presented in this book will help organizations optimize organizational capabilities that will help projects meet strategic objectives."
—Stephane Cousineau, Deputy Director and Chief Information Officer, FINTRAC, Government of Canada
"This book offers a balance of logical and persuasive content with experience and observations of real life examples of effective project leadership. The authors describe a number of projects they participated in. The result is a book that is not only very insightful but also an interesting read."
—Jim McSheffrey, Vice President, Greater China Area and President, 3M China.
"I highly recommend this book for all leaders involved in project strategy and delivery. Throughout this book, Professor Brohman and Professor Cross have offered exceptional insight into real-world project delivery complexities that organizations often face. Effective project leadership is the key ingredient behind successful project launches and the authors have provided an invaluable framework that will enable leaders to be more effective."
—Farshad Kajouii, Director, Project Delivery, Bell Canada.