Performance-Based Project Management

Increasing the Probability of Project Success

 Performance-Based Project Management

Author: Glen B. Alleman
Pub Date: February 2014
Print Edition: $27.95
Print ISBN: 9780814433300
Page Count: 256
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814433317

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The schedule is set, the budget determined, people skills deployed, best practices adhered to every step of the way—and still the project fails.

Project failure is so common and sometimes so brutal that horror stories abound. Apple’s never-released Copland operating system, bloated with scope creep. A canceled $4 billion U.S. satellite program too broken to implement. The launch—and crash—of the online insurance exchanges,

Delays, cost overruns, quality problems, and more doom thousands of projects, big or small, in every industry. But at the heart of most failures lies the same fundamental issue: not knowing what “done” really looks like.

Performance-Based Project Management helps radically improve your project’s success rate—and safeguard your reputation—by laying a solid foundation for success at the start. The key is to pinpoint what business capabilities your project must produce or what mission needs to be accomplished—measures of progress that lead to a resounding “done.”

After answering the crucial capability question, the book moves you step-by-step through an interlocking series of principles, practices, and processes that comprise the essential building blocks of a solid, risk-minimized project. You’ll learn about:

• Five Immutable Principles—Recognize what done looks like, map out a plan for getting there, specify what resources are required, foresee impediments along the way, and select key measures for charting your progress.

• Five Immutable Practices—Define the needed capabilities, determine technical and operational requirements, establish a performance measurement baseline, execute that baseline, and perform continuous risk management.

• Five Governing Processes—Organize the project using work and organizational breakdown structures; plan, schedule, and budget the project; account for time and money spent; analyze variances between planned and actual time and costs; and update the information continually so that forecasts are reliable.

• Three sample projects explain how to tailor the practices and processes, while ten planning, execution, and performance-management drivers alert you to missing information that can jeopardize results.

Project management approaches are numerous—PMBOK®, Prince2®, agile software development, and more. But only Performance-Based Project Management integrates strategic, technical, and managerial processes into a framework built on sound principles while providing practices that can be widely applied. By connecting mission strategy with project execution, this book helps you bring your projects to successful, career-enhancing completion.

Glen B. Alleman has more than 30 years of experience as a program manager and performance management consultant in the aerospace, de—fense, and enterprise information technology fields and is the author of the popular project management blog Herding Cats.

Website: Herding Cats Blog

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