Leading and Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know about Project, Program, and Portfolio Management, Second Edition

Russell D. Archibald, Shane Archibald

December 10, 2015 by Auerbach Publications
Reference - 104 Pages - 5 Color & 64 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498751209 - CAT# K27242
Series: Best Practices and Advances in Program Management

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Features

  • Supplies an understanding of how effective project management can substantially improve innovation and strategic execution in an enterprise
  • Details the differences between project management and operational management
  • Explains how to use a project management office to lead effective innovation
  • Presents a list of 31 demands that senior executives must place on their staff members to ensure excellent project management
  • Includes a helpful quick reference summary of all of the key information in the book

Summary

The primary cause of many project failures is that responsible executives, because of their lack of knowledge in project management, fail to demand that their managers and staff properly utilize the well-proven best practices, processes, systems, and tools that are now available in this field. This book remedies this situation by providing executives at all levels with the understanding and knowledge needed to best take advantage of the power of effective project management and thereby lead and manage innovations within their enterprise.

In Leading and Managing Innovation: What Every Executive Team Must Know about Project, Program, and Portfolio Management, Second Edition, the authors present concise descriptions of

  • The key concepts underlying project and program management
  • The important characteristics of projects and programs
  • How projects and programs are best governed and managed
  • How to determine if the desired benefits have actually been achieved

The book presents a list of 31 reasonable demands that executives can and must place on their staff members to ensure excellence in the way their programs and projects are created, selected for funding, planned, and executed. Placing these demands communicates to the entire enterprise that top management understands what it takes to achieve the best performance possible and fully supports the continuous improvement needed to ensure continued success.

Leading and Managing Innovation explains how to measure the project management maturity level of an enterprise, benchmark against competitors, and identify where project management improvements are required. It discusses the many ways that an enterprise can derive substantial success and competitive advantage from increasing its project management maturity level.

A helpful quick reference summary of all of the book’s key information is included in the final chapter. Armed with this information, you will be well-qualified to give excellent direction to your managers and staff to ensure that your vital capability in the field of project management—and how you manage innovation—is equal to or better than that of your competitors.