PM Solutions Launches Innovative Book Series for Building Project Management-Driven Culture

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 Series

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 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

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

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