The MSP® Survival Guide for Senior Responsible Owners has finally made it to the book stores (published 31st March) and joins the MSP® Survival Guide for Business Change Managers and the MSP® Survival Guide for Programme Managers on public release to complete the trilogy.
It is written for busy SROs living in a high tempo world, it is big on incisive advice and tips, yet refreshingly short on theory and padding. It is designed to be flipped through, not studied. It is designed to be flipped through, not studied.
The MSP® Survival Guide for SROs has been written by Rod Sowden lead author of the current versions of MSP® and Nick Carter, an experienced SRO with many years in the transport industry.
MSP® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.
Ten things that will you find in the Practical Guide to project planning – a step by step guide that you won’t find in other
- It is written with you in mind! We are not expecting you to be a guru, building the Olympic Park or managing High Speed 2, everyday projects are hard enough
Successful planning is about people and behaviours! Rather than techniques and tools, the data needed for planning is assembled through a number of activities, not making up numbers to feed into a software package
Business projects are different to technical projects! So we have used a business project as the case study, these tend to be less predictable and have elements of different project types in them
Moderating optimism! We have included guidance on setting priorities, estimation and helping to moderate the optimism bias gives you more chance of finishing successfully
- Planning lifecycle! We have used a lifecycle that shows the stages and events that trigger planning activities, instead of giving you a list of techniques, we bring it to life for you. The focus is on “How” to plan rather than telling you “what” to do
Techniques at the right time! Every step of the way we offer a technique to use at each point, with an explanation of what it does and how you should use it
- Worked examples! We illustrate each technique with a worked example based on a case study that provides an example of everyday challenges we face
- Templates and tools! All part of the process, but effective planning is based on having the right information available at the right time, the focus of the book is on systematically collecting this information
Useful check-lists! Common areas of failure for most projects, to help you avoid making them, we also include an example template on how to assemble your planning information
Clear responsibilities and tasks for all the main roles involved with planning, which is everyone involved with the project!
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Around the world less than a third of projects deliver their specified business benefits on time or within budget. Nearly 20% of all projects fail outright and under-delivery of benefits on the average project is as high as 50%!
So something is going horribly wrong somewhere, which is why we worked with the TSO to produce the Practical Guide to project planning – a step by step guide
We are convinced this book will make a difference to the success of your projects so why not have a look at our preview.
Back in 2008 when we delivered our first P3M3® maturity review we enquired about how that client developed and controlled plans, it was a bit of a surprise to be told their approach was MS Project; further digging revealed that there was no guidance at all, so each project manager planned independently. More reviews produced more evidence, from Bristol to Beijing and on to Brisbane, the issues seemed to be the same.
This book started life as a commission to put together a 2 day training course with some supporting guidance to help the client improve their planning. We quickly realised there was no guidance on where, when and how to plan, just lots of techniques. We set about putting together a sequence to the activities to generate the information that could be used by the techniques in a way that anyone delivering a project could follow without being a professor of Maths! For the full story behind the book, have a look at the interview with the author, Rod Sowden.
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