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Advanced Multi-Project Management

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Even in a well-managed multi-project environment, it is not unusual to see half of all projects completed either late, over budget or with cuts to original scope. However, the proven approach presented in Advanced Multi-Project Management has enabled large, medium, and even small organizations to consistently complete their projects faster, within original scope and budget, and increase the number of projects executed with the same resources by as much as 70%. The list of companies that have used this methodology for stunning results includes some of the biggest, well-known names in the world—Boeing, Rio Tinto, ABB, and Chrysler. This guide details the six gears that must work in unison to drive speed and predictability within an organization.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Foreword
  7. Preface
  8. Biography
  9. Web Added Value™
  10. PART I-WHY MULTI-PROJECT ENVIRONMENTS ARE SO MESSED UP
    1. Chapter 1. Introduction—The Multi-Project Problem
    2. Chapter 2. Resource Conflicts
    3. Chapter 3. Poorly Defined Project Networks
    4. Chapter 4. The Biggest Leverage Point for Improving
  11. PART II-OVERVIEW OF THE PERMANENT MULTI-PROJECT SOLUTION
    1. Chapter 5. Project Networks
    2. Chapter 6. Strategic Buffering—Insulating Projects from Variability
    3. Chapter 7. Controlled Project WIP—Aligning and Activating Multiple Projects
    4. Chapter 8. Fast Execution, Single Priority System, Recovery
    5. Chapter 9. Enterprise Resource Planning
    6. Chapter 10. Multi-Project Software Requirements
    7. Chapter 11. What Is It All Worth?
  12. PART III-PROJECT PLANNING, NETWORKS, AND RISK AVOIDANCE
    1. Chapter 12. Level of Detail—Not the Lowest Level
    2. Chapter 13. Step 1: The Project’s Measurable Goals, Tangible Scope, and Sponsor Criteria
    3. Chapter 14. Step 2: The Backbone
    4. Chapter 15. Step 3: The Skeleton
    5. Chapter 16. Step 4: Additional Dependencies— First Risk Avoidance
    6. Chapter 17. Step 5: Checking against Project Goals and Scope— Second Risk Avoidance
    7. Chapter 18. Step 6: Resourcing
    8. Chapter 19. Step 7: Expert Scrutiny— Third Risk Avoidance
    9. Chapter 20. Step 8: Time Estimates— Fourth Risk Avoidance
    10. Chapter 21. Step 9: Duration Reduction without Compromise
    11. Chapter 22. Step 10: Final Project Risk Assessment—Fifth Risk Avoidance
  13. PART IV-INSULATING PROJECTS FROM VARIABILITY
    1. Chapter 23. Three Points of Network Insulation
    2. Chapter 24. Operations versus Project Responsibility—Resource Insulation
    3. Chapter 25. Project-to-Project Insulation
    4. Chapter 26. Common Cause versus Special Cause Insulation
  14. PART V-ALIGNING AND ACTIVATING MULTIPLE PROJECTS
    1. Chapter 27. Setting Project Priorities
    2. Chapter 28. Two Different Ways to Align Multiple Projects
    3. Chapter 29. “What If” Analyses on Timelines and Resources
    4. Chapter 30. Finalizing the Project Schedule and Activation
  15. PART VI-MULTI-PROJECT EXECUTION
    1. Chapter 31. Project Manager Execution Role
    2. Chapter 32. Resource Manager Execution Role
    3. Chapter 33. Senior Management Execution Role—Daily Fast-Track Meetings
    4. Chapter 34. Senior Management Execution Role—Full-Kitting Projects
    5. Chapter 35. Senior Management in Stage Gate— How to Avoid the Huge Damage
    6. Chapter 36. Senior Management Execution Role—Portfolio Review Process
  16. PART VII-ENTERPRISE PROJECT RESOURCE PLANNING
    1. Chapter 37. Distinguishing between Temporary Bottlenecks and Need to Hire/Contract
    2. Chapter 38. Supervisor and Management Loads
    3. Chapter 39. Increasing Load on Operations from Project Completion
    4. Chapter 40. Short-, Medium-, and Long-Term Challenges
  17. PART VIII-MULTI-PROJECT SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS
    1. Chapter 41. Software Planning Requirements— Buffers, Global Resources, and Alignment
    2. Chapter 42. Software Execution Requirements— Buffer Penetration, Project, and Resource Trends
    3. Chapter 43. Role-Based Software Views
  18. PART IX-EXECUTIVE BUY-IN AND CONCLUSIONS
    1. Chapter 44. Executive Buy-In and Simulations
    2. Chapter 45. Conclusions
  19. Appendix A: Strategy and Tactics Approach for Multi-Project Management
  20. Appendix B: Success Stories and Video References
  21. Appendix C: Sample Enterprise Resource Categories
  22. Appendix D: What about Agile?
  23. Appendix E: Complete Case Study on Project Planning
  24. Bibliography