Improving Project Performance: Eight Habits of Successful Project Teams

Hardcover | October 15, 2011

byJerry L. Wellman

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The approach to project management is too often formulaic, describing what should be done and how to do it, but not adequately describing why those actions are important.  Improving Project Performance outlines the what and how of project management, emphasizing why actions matter, the overall intention of the formulaic steps, and the strengths or weakness of various tools and techniques.  Successful project teams must understand and focus intently on what Wellman describes as the eight essential habits of successful project teams:
 
-Nurture a shared vision of what is to be accomplished
-Translate that vision into a coherent set of performance specifications
-Have an integrated plan for accomplishing the purpose
-Measure their performance against the plan and their progress toward the requirements
-Allow for uncertainty
-Manage change
-Continually act to influence their future
-Over-communicate

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The approach to project management is too often formulaic, describing what should be done and how to do it, but not adequately describing why those actions are important.  Improving Project Performance outlines the what and how of project management, emphasizing why actions matter, the overall intention of the formulaic steps, and the ...

Jerry L.Wellman is a consultant and an assistant professor at Midway College teaching in their MBA program. For the past two years he has worked with GE Aviation Systems in the U.S. and Europe to improve their project management training. Prior to his retirement from Honeywell, Wellman was Vice President of a business unit within Hone...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.67 × 6.22 × 1.18 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023011217X

ISBN - 13:9780230112179

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables * Preface * Acknowledgement * Chapter 1 * Project Management * Chapter 2 * Habit # 1 – Foster and Nurture a Shared Project Vision * Chapter 3 * Habit # 2 – Translate the Project Vision Into Coherent Requirements * Chapter 4 * Habit # 3 – Build an Integrated Plan for Accomplishing the Vision * Chapter 5 * Habit # 4 – Continually Monitor Performance Against the Plan * Chapter 6 * Habit # 5 – Acknowledge and Accommodate Both Uncertainty and Ignorance * Chapter 7 * Habit # 6 – Embrace But Control Change * Chapter 8 * Habit # 7 – Continually Act to Influence the Future * Chapter 9 * Habit # 8 – Continually Communicate * Epilogue

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“For all those involved in project management, this is a book you simply must read. Improving Project Performance is a superbly written text that explains beautifully the intricacies of project management and illustrates ways to proactively shape project execution. This is project management on the front foot. Read it. Practice it. It works!” —Will Grocott, Head of OEM Vehicle Programs, Axeon, UK“A must read book for every project manager. Where other books focus on the what-to-do and how-to-do-it, this book takes focus on the key behaviors of the team. It’s all about how to shape and manage those behaviors to create a successful project team that is focused on the outcome. In the end it’s always about individual and team dynamics that are the key to a successful project. This book is a great tool for enabling project managers to achieve that success.”—Paul Lavin, President, A*L Group“Jerry Wellman has the right credentials to author this book. He has the academic research coupled with 30 years of experience in Aerospace project management. His eight point plan for project management is enlightening. I recommend the approach for both the novice and the seasoned professional project manager.”—Jay Lovelace, retired, Honeywell VP and GM