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The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, 4th Edition by Eric Verzuh

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PART 5

Advancing Your Practice of Project Management

There is always a new way to improve our project management ability. At a personal level, we can learn to use the technology that’s been designed to apply the techniques presented in Chapters 3 to 13, and we can pursue the Project Management Professional certification. Organizations can improve their project management ability by creating consistency in their approach to selecting and managing projects.

Part 5 contains seven chapters that each address a different opportunity for individuals and organizations to extend and improve their practice of project management.

Chapter 14, on enterprise project management (EPM) presents a framework for organizing a project-driven organization. It contains the current practices that organizations use for managing multiple projects with shared resources. Chapter 14 also sets a context for Chapters 15, 16, 17, and 18.

Chapters 15 and 16 examine two dimensions of project success that occur outside the typical discussion of project management: requirements engineering and project initiation. Failure in either of these areas undermines all the hard work done to define, plan, and control the project as described in the first four parts of this book.

Chapter 17 focuses on a specific type of project that has a troubled history: information technology, or IT. This chapter explains how these challenging projects benefit from the full suite of project management techniques, particularly those in Chapters ...

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