With forty-three years of intensive involvement in project management (PM), it's only natural that I would build a large network of colleagues who have also been significant contributors to the PM state-of-the-art. What has been a major joy is the sharing among us. We post our research and discussions on open Web sites. We meet, in person or electronically, to discuss, argue, challenge, and test our theories. We gladly share our findings and experiences. With mutual respect, we express our dedication to this exponentially growing field through our publications.
I have had the honor several times to provide a guest chapter to publications by my colleagues. Now it's payback time. In Part Two of this book, about two dozen leaders in the field of project portfolio management (PPM) have contributed their knowledge, experience, and expertise by providing valuable content. Some of them are long-time friends. Others are recent additions to the network. Still others are new associates—those whom I contacted after reading impressive and valuable articles that they authored. Some are polished writers. Others had to be mentored to get past some writer's block or style issues.
What is common to all of them is that they have, through their earlier work and through their writings for this book, left a legacy for the growing PPM community. Without their thoughtful contributions, we would not have published this book. I am deeply indebted to them for their support and for helping to make this book a valuable resource for the PPM community. A big thank-you to K. C. Yelin, Ray Trotta, Christopher Gardner, Jim Devlin, Mike Gruia, Cliff Cohen, Randy Englund, Matt Light, David Hurwitz, Bob Cooper, Larry Leach, Rebecca Seibert, Don Kingsberry, Rich Dougherty, Vanessa McMillan, Bob Graham, Dennis Cohen, James Schlick, Andrew Longman, Gil Matleff, Jim Pennypacker, and Patrick Sepate for their contributions.
When I first proposed this book, Jossey-Bass, the publisher, was looking for some validation that there would be buyers for it. This is becoming a very competitive market. My first reaction was to invite a few PM software vendors to participate as sponsors. The response was immediate and overwhelming. I thank Expert Choice, Sciforma, Dekker, Welcom, and PlanView for their support. These valued PM software developers have made many contributions to the practice of PM and PPM. Some of them have also provided material for the book, and all will help get the book out to the readers. I also thank them for their faith in my ability to produce a valuable reference book. It is most gratifying.
A special thank-you to SmartDraw, developers of the wonderful program by that name used for creating charts and diagrams. I used SmartDraw's complimentary copy to produce several diagrams for Part One of this book.
A very special thank-you to R. Max Wideman for contributing the Foreword for this book. Max has been a leader in the project management community and has served as president and chair of the Project Management Institute and is a PMI Fellow. For several decades, we have shared a passion for project management and for the development of standards and a body of knowledge. His recently published A Management Framework for Project, Program and Portfolio Integration is his latest gift to this body of knowledge. I value his career-long dedication and his friendship. Max also provided significant and valuable comments and advice that helped to make this a better book.
A very, very special thank-you to my spouse of forty-seven years, Judy Levine. In addition to the important encouragement and support, Judy also volunteered to read the manuscript before I submitted it to the publisher. As an author in her own right, she made numerous helpful suggestions to improve grammar and readability. As a retired management professional, she read with interest and understanding this treatise on project portfolio management (not her field) and offered perceptive comments for further improvement of the text. If, when you read this book, you can get through the difficult passages with understanding, tip your hat to Judy.
Finally, after a long career in practicing project management and especially in sharing my knowledge and views, this thought comes to mind: to teach is to learn. After doing hundreds of seminars, speeches, and writings, I find that the payoff is what I learn from each of these experiences. So to all of those who have worked with me on this project, thanks for contributing to my knowledge and making me wiser.
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