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Harvard Business Review Project Management Handbook: How to Launch, Lead, and Sponsor Successful Projects

Harvard Business Review Project Management Handbook: How to Launch, Lead, and Sponsor Successful Projects

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The one primer you need to launch, lead, and sponsor successful projects.

We're now living in the project economy. The number of projects initiated in all sectors has skyrocketed, and project management skills have become essential for every leader and manager. Still, project failure rates remain extremely high. Why? Leaders oversee too many projects and have too little visibility into them. Project managers struggle to translate their hands-on, technical knowledge up to senior management. The result? Worthy projects are starved of time and resources and fail to deliver benefits, while too much investment goes into the wrong projects. To compete in the project economy, you need to close this gap. The HBR Project Management Handbook shows you how.

In this comprehensive guide, project management expert Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez presents a new and simple framework that will increase any project's likelihood of success. Packed with case studies from many industries worldwide, it will teach you how to manage your organization's projects, strategic programs, and agile initiatives more effectively and push the best ones ahead to completion. Timeless yet forward-looking, this book will help you win in the project-driven world.

In the HBR Project Management Handbook you'll find:

  • Everything you need to know about project management in practical, nontechnical language
  • A definitive taxonomy of project types, from product launches to digital transformations to megaprojects
  • A road map for becoming an effective project leader and executive sponsor
  • A new, simple, and universal project framework, the Project Canvas, that breaks down any project into essential building blocks that can be easily understood by all project stakeholders
  • Original concepts and exclusive case studies from public- and private-sector organizations worldwide

You'll learn:

  • A common language for project managers and executives to run successful projects across your organization
  • When to use agile, traditional, or hybrid methods in your projects
  • The twelve principles of successful projects, including purpose, agility, and a focus on outcomes
  • Techniques for selecting and advancing the best projects and managing a strategic and balanced project portfolio
  • How today's projects will help address some of the most pressing global trends, including automation, sustainability, diversity, and crisis management
  • Why project management needed to be reinvented and what the future holds

HBR Handbooks provide ambitious professionals with the frameworks, advice, and tools they need to excel in their careers. With step-by-step guidance, time-honed best practices, and real-life stories, each comprehensive volume helps you to stand out from the pack—whatever your role.

Author: Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Published: 10/19/2021
Pages: 352
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.00w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9781647821258

About the Author

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is an author, practitioner, and consultant who teaches strategy and project implementation to senior leaders. He is a visiting professor and a frequent guest speaker at business schools and project management events around the world. He has held leadership positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers, BNP Paribas Fortis, and GlaxoSmithKline. His research has been recognized by Thinkers50 with its prestigious Ideas into Practice award, and he is featured in the 2020 Global Gurus Top 30 list of management professionals. He was the global Chairman of the Project Management Institute in 2016, and in that role he launched the Brightline Initiative. He is also the cofounder of the Strategy Implementation Institute and a member of the prestigious Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches group. He is the author of three books, The Project Revolution, Lead Successful Projects, and The Focused Organization, and has contributed to six other books and numerous articles.

You can find more about Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez at:
Twitter: @ANietoRodriguez

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