In recent years there has been an unprecedented level of investment in project management practices within all types of organizations. However many are not receiving the full benefit of these practices as all too many projects still end in failure. The problem lies in the fact that too many projects are getting approved, for the wrong reasons. This causes everyone to lose sight of what is strategically importantthey are lost in the chaos of too many projects with too few resources. This is called Project Fog.
Project Fog begins to arise when projects are proposed and selected for the wrong reasons. If there is a disconnect between project selection by senior management and execution by project managers, it will not matter how well executed a project is when strategically it doesn't fit. Senior executives then fail to see the value, benefit or any return on investment from project management-related activities. Which of course leaves the whole project team feeling frustrated and undervalued even though they may have executed flawlessly.
Breaking Through the Project Fog bridges the gap between executives (who develop strategy and approve projects) and project managers (who execute approved projects). It demonstrates how a stronger partnership can change the way projects are proposed and selected so the project fog can lift leaving nothing but a clear organizational strategy for project selection.
This book focuses on doing things right from start to finish, providing insights to help you:
- Understand and Apply On-Strategy Project Management
- Create a Collaborative Road Map for Executives and Project Managers
- Challenge Traditional Approaches Emphasizing ONLY Financial Metrics
- Create a Business Case to Measure Direct Strategic Business Contributions
- Link a Balanced Scorecard Management System to PM Practices
- Involve PM's in the Strategic Project Decision Making Process
- Understand and Avoid Common Failures Through Real-World Case Studies
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ISBN 978-0470840719 Publication Date March 2008 Author James Norrie Format Hardcover Page Count 272 Manufacturer John Wiley & Sons