An Executives Guide to Project Portfolio Management

As you read through the Contents and this Introduction, you may notice that there is considerable mention of projects. We also discuss the project management office, the management of projects in general, and some popular techniques that we use in managing projects.

However, the real focus of this book is how to ensure that projects contribute to a successful enterprise, so the target readership goes well beyond the project management community. In fact, it is the business executive who will gain the most from this material. If you are a senior manager, such as a chief executive officer, chief operations officer, chief financial officer, chief information officer, or a strategic planner, you are surely concerned about picking the right projects and getting the most out of your resources. The answers are in PPM. If you are an executive charged with the responsibility for information technology, application development, or new product development, this book was written for you.

Perhaps your executive duties limit the time that you have to read everything. For a comprehensive look at PPM, I suggest that you read all of Sections One and Two. Then you can select other chapters that attract your interest. Among these I recommend Chapters 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3. Information technology managers will want to read Section Six. Section Seven is a must for new product development managers. And don't miss the case studies in Section Nine. The overview chapters in Section Ten are excellent.

PPM brings the projects community and the operations community together to achieve business success. We hope that this book will facilitate a better partnership.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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