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Managing Complex Projects (The IIL/Wiley Series in Project Management) [Hardcover]

International Institute for Learning , Harold R. Kerzner , Carl Belack

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1 Oct 2010 0470600349 978-0470600344 1
This is the fourth in a new series of books co–branded with the International Institute for Learning (IIL). It teams best selling author Harold Kerzner with Senior IIL Consultant Carl Belack, to focus on teaching the basic principles of managing complex projects to experienced project managers and others who find themselves managing large projects in a highly complex global environment. Managing Complex Projects contains the entire IIL course—both text and accompanying illustrations in easy and accessible language and format.

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The application of project management techniques is generally considered standard practice in today′s business environment. This is not to say it is always performed at a high level. What is not widely known is that the learning gap separating good project management from exceptional project management is not as great as one might think—yet, the difference in the return on value can be quite significant. This knowledge becomes especially important as traditional projects increasingly give way to more complicated ones. Many factors determine how projects are approached, such as rapid shifts in technology, a fluctuating market, changes in a business′s organizational structure, and even politics. As these forces add to a project′s complexity and duration, project managers must develop strategies that allow them to think outside the box and create new on–the–go methodologies. Managing Complex Projects delivers the tools necessary to take on an unpredictable economy with an adaptable battle plan proven to meet the differing needs of an ever–expanding set of partners and stakeholders involved in a project. This book shows how to solve some of the issues facing today′s project manager, including: Dealing with multiple virtual teams located around the world Working with partners and stakeholders that may have limited project management tools and experience Adjusting to long–term projects in which the stakeholders may change Managing projects where stated goals and objectives differ among stakeholders Accompanied by illustrations throughout, this book shows how companies such as IBM, Hewlett–Packard, Microsoft, and Siemens are exploring new avenues to aid them in taking on nontraditional, complex projects by combining "hard" skills, such as risk management and scheduling, with "soft" skills that focus on people and interpersonal communication—two sets of skills all project managers should possess. Managing Complex Projects is the resource needed to gain these fresh project management perspectives and serves as a lifesaver for time–crunched project managers looking for new ways to maximize their efforts.

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Discover how you can apply the Kerzner Approach ®  to successfulLy manage the most challenging and complex projects Managing complex projects not only takes know–how on the part of project managers, but it also requires that they be willing and able to adapt to change, harness their ability to innovate at a moment′s notice, and summon their determination to see a job to completion. This is the book that makes sense out of the complexities that plague today′s project managers. It clearly lays out a blueprint to demystify what can be an overwhelming process into manageable strategies that, if cultivated, become second nature. Based on principles set forth in the bestselling Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling, Tenth Edition , this easy–to–follow guide will revolutionize the way you view and practice project management. It introduces the acclaimed Kerzner Approach ® , demonstrating how it empowers you with the skills needed to ensure that projects are completed successfully. Most importantly, it shows you how to manage complex projects more effectively. The International Institute for Learning/Wiley Series in Project Management features the most innovative, tested–and–proven approaches to project management, all explained in clear, straightforward language. The series offers new perspectives on solving tough project management problems as well as practical tools for getting the job done. Each book in the series is drawn from the related IIL course and is written by noted project management experts and bestselling authors such as Harold D. Kerzner, Frank P. Saladis, and Carl Belack.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 24 Jan 2011
By Maurice Hagar - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm currently reading everything I can find on complex project management and this was another disappointment. There's nothing new at all here, you get a one page cursory treatment of everything we already knew. As close as you get to useful information on "Managing Complex Projects" is a one paragraph quote from Managing Complex Projects: A New Model. It doesn't even begin to address leading-edge research from the fields of complexity science and chaos theory. This was particularly disappointing because the book was just published and because I'm a fan of Kerzner's previous works.
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