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Books by Michael

Overview

As an executive, you know there’s only one reason to start a project: to add value to your organization. Now there’s a project management book that shares your perspective: a book that helps you optimize the value of projects and project management throughout your organization. Top project management consultant Michael Bender reveals how to make sure all your projects fully support your goals and run effectively from start to finish. Bender shows how to use balanced portfolio techniques to drive maximum value from every project, systematically reduce risk in tough-to-manage globalized environments, and improve organizational performance through strategic outsourcing. As an executive, you realize the rewards or suffer the penalty of project results. Here are the tools you need to get the results you’re after — and get them consistently.

Key Concepts

  • Value Tracks: trace even the most detailed project objectives to the organization’s vision and strategic plan
  • The Infinite Resource Pool: Learn how to combine strategic outsourcing with proven project management concepts to capture unexpected opportunities without sacrificing your strategic projects
  • The Portfolio Designer: The individual, department, or team that designs the organization’s portfolio to achieve all strategic objectives while balancing resources
  • The Balanced Portfolio: Align and balance all project resources to the organization’s direction and strategy
  • Practical Earned Value Management: learn how to apply this highly-recognized tool to discover and fix problems within your organization

Key Quotes

“The efficient organization focuses resources on durable objectives designed to move the organization toward its vision.”

“Vision, mission, value, and quality statements designed as rhetoric will achieve their goal: rhetoric.”
“Failing to balance the portfolio causes projects to drift toward operations instead of strategy.”

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Overview

Perhaps the most misunderstood of the project management disciplines, project risk management is simple to master and is one of the most powerful tools for both novice and advanced project managers.

Whatever concerns your project may offer: political, technical, resource or inexperienced team, project risk management can reduce or eliminate them.

Key Concepts

  • Simplified Techniques: You don’t need all those fancy charts and distribution algorithms. Simple, pragmatic techniques work for most projects.
  • Engages the team: Managing project risks not only helps engage the team, but keeps them focused on preventing problems.
  • Solidify Schedule and Cost Baselines: Addressing risk makes your schedule and cost baselines most stable and predictable.
  • Managing Up: Perhaps the greatest of benefit of project risk management is its ability to help you manage your upper-level stakeholders and senior executives.

Key Quotes

“Master simple project risk management and you’ll have one of your best tools for managing senior management and other high-level stakeholders.”
Diamond Separator
“You may not have mastered work breakdown structures yet, or perhaps you frequently encounter scope creep, or your senior management keeps shuffling resources or they give you unreasonable deadlines; master a few simple risk strategies and you can handle them all.”
Diamond Separator
“Senior managers don’t like disturbing well-managed projects. They’d rather disturb unmanaged projects. If you show you’re on top of your project, senior managers tend to leave you alone..”

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Overview

The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is the heart of the project plan. It’s used to define what resources you’ll need. It’s the basis of both your cost and schedule estimates. It establishes your project’s risks. It aids in communication, procurements, quality — all aspects of the project.
This book presents how to develop a solid and robust WBS simply and easily. You’ll learn tools and techniques for engaging your project team, developing project phases, ensuring you include all the activities you’ll need and communicating your project to senior management.