PM Practices Book Series Delivers Step-by-Step Guides, Proven Research, and Best Practices
PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 5, 2001-- PM Solutions, a leading provider of project management consulting, training and research services, today announced the launch of the PM Practices Book Series. The series combines the project management expertise of its authors with best practice benchmark studies, to provide an invaluable resource for any organization making the transition to a project management-driven culture.
Highlighting the PM Practices Book Series is its emphasis on research and information gathered by PM Solutions' Center for Business Practices and other project management experts. Each book in the series supplements its thorough, conceptual framework with detailed, deployment-level information that includes how-to lists, checklists, tips, and/or templates. The series distinguishes itself by presenting readers with collections of real-world best practices that address the overall needs of an organization as it shifts to a project management-driven culture.
"Plenty of books help project management professionals develop technical skills. The PM Practices Book Series helps companies develop project management cultures," said James S. Pennypacker, Director, Center for Business Practices at PM Solutions. "Our books cover a breadth and depth of factual, research-based information un-matched by any other books available. The information we provide is highly valuable to project managers, as well as senior-level executives, and is essential to the success of such sweeping change in a corporate culture."
The series is co-published with Marcel Dekker, the world's largest privately owned publishing corporation and one of the world's premier publishers of professional, technical, and business books and journals.
The PM Practices Book Series benefits from some of the project management industry's most informed and astute practitioners, including authors J. Kent Crawford, PMP, and Frank Toney, Ph.D.
As CEO and founder of PM Solutions, Crawford's experience in project management spans more than twenty years. He has been responsible for the development of requirements and the functional design and deployment of integrated project management practices for a number of Fortune 500 organizations. Crawford, the Former President and Chair of the Project Management Institute, delivers workshops worldwide on project office deployment.
Frank Toney is the director of the Executive Initiative Institute that administers The Top 500 Project Management Benchmarking Forum and chairperson for the finance faculty at the University of Phoenix. He is the author of numerous publications, including Best Practices of Project Management Groups in Large Functional Organizations. He has extensive experience leading international projects and organizations, as well as serving on the board of several corporations.
Crawford and Toney's expertise has been combined with research conducted by PM Solutions' Center for Business Practices' experts and other project management researchers to formulate the following books in the series:
The Strategic Project Office by J. Kent Crawford describes the
initiation, design, execution, and control of a strategic project
office. The book emphasizes cost management, cultural change, risk
assessment, resource allocation and skills tracking to increase
project value, organizational efficiency, and productivity.
Stressing teamwork, structure, and consistency in project
processes, the book provides step-by-step guidance to improving
project performance enterprise wide.
Project Management Maturity Model by J. Kent Crawford provides
effective strategies for the implementation of efficient project
management systems for increased levels of organizational
maturity, time and cost conservation, quality assurance, and
project success. The book details areas critical to organizational
improvement such as the project office, management oversight,
professional development, risk assessment, and streamlining
Project Portfolio Management edited by Lowell D. Dye and James
S. Pennypacker shows how successful businesses manage their
project portfolios -- how they choose the projects they undertake,
how they get the right balance and mix of projects, and how they
allocate their resources across various projects. This collection
of articles from leaders in the field presents the portfolio
management tools, techniques, and methods that lead to more
effective portfolio management.
Managing Multiple Projects edited by James S. Pennypacker and
Lowell D. Dye details time-efficient and cost-effective strategies
to evaluate, select, prioritize, plan, and manage multiple
projects while effectively utilizing resources and reinforcing
organizational goals -- presenting proven methods and practical
applications for the development of successful project portfolios
and prosperous multiproject environments.
The Superior Project Organization by Frank Toney describes
global best practices, competencies, and standards of superior
project organizations based on research conducted by the Top 500
Project Management Forum. The book details the results of seven
years of benchmarking and investigation, and quantifies the bottom
line value of project-driven organizations in large functional
enterprises. The book offers research, tools and techniques to
managers implementing a project management culture or improving
the effectiveness of what practices might already be in operation.
The Superior Project Manager by Frank Toney describes global
best practices, competencies, and standards of superior project
managers based on research conducted by the Top 500 Project
Management Forum. The book establishes a body of competencies and
best practices that help organizations improve their ability to
select project managers, assess performance, and structure
individual and group development programs.
The books are currently available from most bookstores, both retail and online, and can also be purchased directly from the Center for Business Practices at www.cbponline.com. Managing Multiple Projects will be available in January 2002. Forthcoming books in the series include The Bottom Line: Assuring Project Financial Success, Staffing the Project Office: Roles and Responsibilities, and Strategic Project Risk Management.
About the Center for Business Practices
PM Solutions' Center for Business Practices is a knowledge center created to capture, organize, and transfer business practice knowledge to project stakeholders. The CBP's tactical approach to assimilating research and best practices into relevant, usable, knowledge transfer vehicles has elevated them to a unique position where they are able to add value to their reader's ability to meet day-to-day challenges. The CBP publishes Research and Benchmarking Reports, the newsletters People on Projects, Project Management Best Practices Report, and Best Practices e-Advisor, and, in partnership with publishing house Marcel Dekker, the PM Practices Book Series. Visit the CBP website at www.cbponline.com.
About PM Solutions
PM Solutions, headquartered in Havertown, a suburb of Philadelphia, Pa., is a full-service consulting and training organization supporting project management initiatives at Fortune 1000 firms and other global organizations. Since its founding, PM Solutions has distinguished itself by focusing on improving corporate project performance through project office development, streamlining processes, world-class training and mentoring programs, and corporate project management implementations. The company's comprehensive (Pathways) approach integrates critical business elements with processes, enabling sound management decision-making. PM Solutions has built its reputation by providing premier service to clients through the most knowledgeable and expert consultants in project management, and by creating innovative and creative approaches to transfer that knowledge. For more information, visit the PM Solutions website www.pmsolutions.com
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