Global Complex Project Management

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An Integrated Adaptive Agile and PRINCE2 Lean Framework for Achieving Success
By Robert K. Wysocki and Colin Bentley
Hardcover, 6 x 9, 368 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-126-3
September 2016

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This completely unique reference is from two recognized thought leaders and developers of proven approaches within the diverse world and practices of project management. It provides a new and innovative framework for more effectively managing complex and mission critical projects to deliver maximum business value to organizations in both the public and private sectors around the globe. The authors draw on the strengths of different schools of thought, including their own, and best practices to develop an integrated framework that is lean, agile, flexible, and adaptable to virtually any complex project.

Key Features

  • Presents a project framework that illustrates the what, why, and how of what must be done to deliver better and higher quality solutions and increased business value over an alternate approach
  • Designs the best-fit approach to managing complexity and uncertainty, aligned with the seven lean principles of continuous innovation, that embraces all project management methodologies and is driven totally by the characteristics of the project, its internal organizational environment and culture, and changing external market dynamics
  • Supplies processes and practices for establishing and sustaining meaningful client involvement, utilizing a new brainstorming process and a co-manager model that from a product perspective gives a client the authority and decision-making responsibility equal to the typical project manager
  • Transfers the knowledge needed to apply the decision-making authority of the co-managers to maximize the probability of project success and the delivery of expected business value
  • Utilizes innovative Probative Swim Lanes to investigate feasible ideas, a Project Scope Bank to facilitate good decision making, and lean principles to conserve resource capacity and availabilities
  • Provides a robust product-based planning process template which uses a just-in-time approach focused primarily on the quality and business value of the delivered products
  • Includes a unique bundled lean change management process that is open, simple, and relatively painless for assuring better decision making with respect to analyzing, approving, and prioritizing change
  • Discusses how to develop or expand the role of an existing PMO to properly support the PRINCE2 Lean Framework
  • WAV offers downloadable slide presentations for use in training and academic instruction that visually depict and briefly explain the P2 Lean Framework and associated processes—available from the Web Added Value Download Resource Center

About the author(s)

Robert K. Wysocki is a project management guru and a pioneer in business analysis, information systems management, and business process management with over 45 years of combined experienced within these fields. He has authored 25 books on project management and information systems management, including his major best-seller Effective Project Management: Traditional, Adaptive, Extreme, now in its 7th edition. His most recent book, Effective Complex Project Management: An Adaptive Agile Framework for Delivering Business Value, was published in 2014.

Colin Bentley is a project management thought leader and the designer of the original PROMPTII/PRINCE Framework developed specifically for managing information technology projects and of PRINCE2, a more generic product management framework originally adopted for all UK government projects. Mr. Bentley authored all editions of the of PRINCE2 Manual, all Foundation and Practitioner exams for certification, and served as Chief Examiner until 2009. He still answers the “Ask an expert” questions on PRINCE2 for the APMG, an international professional certification organization.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter Learning Objectives
P2 and the ECPM Frameworks: Differences and Similarities
P2 Lean Framework
Managing a P2 Lean Project
Setting Up a P2 Lean Project
The Future of P2 Lean
Why We Wrote This Book
How This Book Is Organized
How to Use This Book
Who Should Use This Book
A Note on Capitalization of Terms

Chapter 2: Overview of the Effective Complex Project Management Framework
Chapter Learning Objectives
ECPM Process Flow Diagram
The Recommended ECPM Framework Artifacts
Putting It All Together

Chapter 3: PRINCE2 LEAN: Are You a Cook or a Chef?
Chapter Learning Objectives
The Complex Project Landscape
A High-level Look at P2 and the ECPM Framework artifacts
The ECPM Framework Artifacts
P2 LEAN Framework
Putting It All Together

Chapter 4: PRINCE2 LEAN: Project Planning
Chapter Learning Objectives
What is Product-Based Planning?
The P2 LEAN Project Planning Hierarchy
Putting It All Together

Chapter 5: Preparing the Business Case
Chapter Learning Objectives
Starting Up a P2 LEAN Project: The Business Case
Preparing the P2 LEAN Business Case
Putting It All Together

Chapter 6: Creating the Project Product Description
Chapter Learning Objectives
P2 LEAN Project Product Description Process Flow

Chapter 7: Preparing for the Initiation Stage
Chapter Learning Objectives
Appoint the Project Brief Task Force
Draft the Project Brief
Create the P2 LEAN Initiation Stage Plan
Authorizing the Set-up Phase
Putting It All Together

Chapter 8: Selecting the Project Core Team
Chapter Learning Objectives
The P2 LEAN Project Team Template
Select the P2 LEAN Project Team Process Flow
Putting It All Together

Chapter 9: Designing the Project Approach
Chapter Learning Objectives
P2 LEAN Complex Project SET-UP Phase
The P2 LEAN Project Team Template
Putting It All Together

Chapter 10: Preparing the Project Initiation Documentation
Chapter Learning Objectives
The Project Initiation Documentation
Putting It All Together

Chapter 11: Preparing for the Next Stage
Chapter Learning Objectives
Update the Scope Bank
Complete Bundled Change Management Process
Create the Next Stage Plan
Create the Team Plan
Update the Project Initiation Documentation
Authorize the Next Stage
Putting It All Together

Chapter 12: Executing the Stage Plan
Chapter Learning Objectives
Authorize Work Packages
Execute Work Packages
Review Stage Status
Capture, Examine and Escalate Issues and Risks
Take Corrective Action
Accept Work Package Products
Deliver the Work Package Products
Putting It All Together

Chapter 13: Closing the Stage
Chapter Learning Objectives
Closing a P2 Lean Stage
Putting It All Together

Chapter 14: Closing the Project
Chapter Learning Objectives
ECPM Process Flow Diagram
Co-managers Recommend Project Closure
Authorize Project Closure
Create the End of Project Plan
Deploy the Accepted Solution
Evaluate the Project
Prepare End of Project Report
Observations on the Next Version
Celebrating Success
Putting It All Together

Chapter 15: Organizational Infrastructure
Chapter Learning Objectives
What Is a P2 LEAN PSO?
Establishing the PSO Mission
PSO Objectives
Hub & Spoke PSO Organizational Structure
P2 LEAN PSO Support Services
Staffing the EPSO and the Division level PSO
Putting It All Together

Chapter 16: Benefits of the PRINCE2 LEAN Framework
Chapter Learning Objectives
Origins of the P2 LEAN Framework
P2 LEAN Benefits Gained from the P2 Framework
P2 LEAN Benefits Gained from the ECPM Framework
Putting It All Together





“The growth of data, the integration of customers in business processes, and the need for custom solutions has made projects more complex and their products shorter lived. We now need lean, agile, and adaptive tools that are effective in building complex solutions quickly. Wysocki and Bentley offer just such an approach by combining two road-tested frameworks.”
Todd C. Williams, President, eCameron, Inc., USA

“Tailoring PRINCE2 to the needs of the project has always been a challenge and aligning PRINCE2 and Agile has been awkward. This book offers us a solution in the form of an easy-to-use and effective approach called PRINCE2 LEAN that fits like a glove.”
Richard Weber, PMP, PRINCE2, Managing Director, Key Result BV, Netherlands

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