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David Hulett is THE authority on risk simulations and you can hear him live at the PMI Southern Ontario Chapter webinar tomorrow evening (Thursday 7 June at 8.00 pm local time): How Qualitative and Quantitative Risk Analysis Collaborate – Driving the Monte Carlo Simulation with the Project Risks. If you’d like to take part in his webinar, which is open both to PMI members and non-members alike, visit the PMI Toronto web page to register. David Hulett is author of Gower Publishing’s Practical Schedule Risk Analysis and also Integrated Cost-Schedule Risk Analysis.
There are seven fundamental things that every senior executive should know and understand about project risk management and David Hulett describes them clearly and succinctly in this article. If you are an executive, print off a copy and pin it to your wall, if you are a project manager, print off a copy and give it to the members of your project board and any other senior executives with whom you have influence. David Hulett is author of Practical Schedule Risk Analysis and, the forthcoming, Integrated Cost-Schedule Risk Analysis.
This is the second in the promised series of posts highlighting Gower’s publishing programme in a given topic area for the next 12 months. I won’t attempt to document all our new books but rather a give you a flavour of some highlights.
Project and Programme Management
Is the largest single list within our current publishing, on the basis of number of books published and commissioned. There are several continuing themes to our new books in 2011:
Project Performance and Resilience
Many of our new titles are designed to help you address a particular aspect of your organization’s project or programme management or develop your capability or resilience for project delivery. Some books, such as Emanuel Camilleri’s Project Success or Michael Cavanagh’s Second Order Project Management, go to the heart of those strategies and techniques that don’t just secure project or programme delivery but ensure value and commercial success too. Others, such as David Cleden’s Bid Writing for Project Managers or Integrated Cost-Schedule Risk Analysis, the follow up to David Hulett’s wonderful Practical Schedule Risk Analysis, provide expert help on one or more specific element within project management.
The Context of Projects and Programmes
We have a clutch of titles in preparation for 2011 or early 2012 that offer perspectives on the context within which projects and programmes are managed. There are a couple of titles from Professor Darren Dalcher’s highly regarded series, Advances in Project Management, that do this particularly well, for example: Haukur Ingi Jonasson and Helgi Thor Ingason’s Project Ethics, Ron Basu’s Managing Project Supply Chains and Spirituality and Project Management by Judith Neal and Alan Harpham.
Programme or Program Management
We have some strong titles to follow on from Michel Thiry’s 2010 Program Management. Roger and Adam Davies’ Value Management does a good job of connecting programmes with strategy and their intended outcomes and the first of two books from the author of The Lazy Project Manager, Peter Taylor, provides those people responsible for their project or programme management office with a very pragmatic guide to leadership: Leading Successful PMOs.
People in Projects and Programmes
The final clutch of three titles I want to highlight are those that cover human factors or, if you prefer, people in projects. There are two follow up titles in this group: Kaye Remington’s Leading Complex Projects (which follows her 2008 book Tools for Complex Projects) and Lynda Bourne’s Advising Upwards (which is a follow up to her 2009 book, Stakeholder Relationship Management) . There is also Sharon Di Mascia’s Using Psychology in Project Management, which is another book that very successfully draws in models and pragmatic advice from outside the usual project methodologies.
And, if I am allowed a last minute, wild card entry, let me sneak in a mention for Penny Pullan and Ruth Murray-Webster’s A Short Guide to Facilitating Risk Management from the Short Guides to Business Risk Series; very definitely appropriate for anyone involved in project risk management.
Please do offer any feedback on this programme of publishing or, if you wish, you can contact me with your own subject suggestions, requests or even book proposals.
Jonathan Norman, Publisher
If you are a project sponsor, project board member or simply a decision maker, how much do you need to know about project risk management without turning yourself into a risk expert? David Hulett author of Practical Schedule Risk Analysis and the forthcoming Integrated Cost-Schedule Risk Analysis and one of the world’s leading commentators on project risk, offers a six-page guide to project risk management for executives, which would be a great place to start.