1st Edition

Project Management for Performance Improvement Teams

    225 Pages 90 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    226 Pages 90 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    225 Pages 90 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    Project Management for Performance Improvement Teams (or, PM4PITs, for short) provides practical guidance based on innovative concepts for project teams -- especially Performance Improvement Teams (PITs)—and their Project Managers on how to successfully complete individual projects and programs using an ingenious and scalable framework based on an innovative foundation fusing together elements of Project Management, Innovation Management, and Continual Improvement. This book lays out how Project and Program Managers and their teams can "do those right projects the right way," one project at a time.

    It details what continual improvement, change, and innovation are, why they are so important, and how they apply to performance improvement—both incremental and transformative. The authors examine the four types of work and workforce management in organizations, Strategic, Operations, Projects, and Crises, using four common comparative variables: Proactive/Preventive versus Reactive/Corrective, Temporary/Unique versus Ongoing/Repetitive, Innovative versus Maintaining the Status Quo, and Schedule Focus: Fiscal Year versus Short Term versus Long Term. These comparisons set the stage for the uniqueness of the third type: Projects (and Programs) that are fundamentally change-driven.

    • Preface         
    • Acknowledgments
    • About the Authors
    • Introduction           
    • The Traditional Frameworks for Project Management and Continuous Improvement
    • A Contemporary Framework for Applying Project Management to Continuous Improvement
    • Project Change Management    
    • Project Technology Management        
    • Stage #1:  Align the Project        
    • Stage #2:  Plan the Project         
    • Stage #3:  Execute the Project Work   
    • Stage #4:  Check/Act-On the Latest Performance Data
    • Stage #5:  Confirm the Results (Iterate?)       
    • Sustaining the Gains and Realizing the Benefits       
    • Connecting with the Organization’s PMO     
    • Epilogue       
    • Glossary of Terms 
    • Index  


    H. James Harrington, William S. Ruggles