This book is organized into two parts and ten sections. Each section presents from one to six chapters.
Part One consists of thirteen chapters that I have written. Section One introduces PPM, describing what it is and why we need it. Section Two contains the meat of the discussion on PPM, with five chapters on selecting projects for the pipeline, maintaining the pipeline, executing PPM, integrating tools, and implementing PPM. If you can't find the time to read the entire book, you will find the essentials in these first two sections. The chapters in Section
Three address several important issues and techniques. These are some of the finer points of PPM.
Part Two presents twenty-one chapters contributed by experts in the field. Many of these are people who have extensive experience in PPM and have published their developments and research as well as their successes. A few have been induced to write for the first time about their subject and have delivered some of the best material, no doubt because of their closeness to the subject and their dedication to the application of PPM. To all, I express my deepest appreciation for the time and effort that they took to share their knowledge and expertise with us.
Each contributing author has his or her own view of PPM and usually a particular focus. At times, they use different terms or models to present their material. The differences, if any, do not refute anyone else's way of presenting PPM. Some authors simply present their material and let it speak for itself. Others state their point of view emphatically. These contributors were selected not because they all have a like mind toward PPM but rather for their independent focus. We believe that they have valuable expertise and a respected position that is well worth reading. Without endorsing any single point of view, I believe that all readers will benefit from the wider view of PPM.
Section Four contains four chapters on PPM techniques and issues, focusing on portfolio planning. These are topics that I touch on in Section Two and are covered here in greater detail by subject experts. The authors continue discussing PPM techniques and issues in Section Five, focusing on organizing and implementing PPM.
Sections Six and Seven look at PPM applications, first in information technology and then for new product development. The guest author for the two chapters on new product development applications is the recognized guru in this area, Robert G. Cooper.
The chapters in Section Eight discuss at length the application of PPM for advocates of theory of constraints (TOC) and critical chain project management (CCPM). TOC expert Larry Leach provides a primer on TOC and shows how PPM is a natural extension of TOC and CCPM practices.
Section Nine presents four case studies. The first two are written by the individuals who lead the successful development and implementation of PPM in their companies. They share insightful and proprietary wisdom as they have us follow along with their experiences. The other two case studies have been prepared by tool vendors who participated with their clients in developing and implementing PPM. What you can take away from these four case studies is more than worth the price of the book.
Finally, the five chapters in Section Ten sample what others are saying about PPM. The authors here are among the recognized experts in project management.
Thus, in Part Two, I have surveyed the best of the best and collected these practitioners' knowledge and wisdom so that you can find it all in one place. Our collective aim is to make this the only book that you will ever need on project portfolio management.
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