Project management is sending its roots deeper into the workplace.  The time-tested techniques are still strong and enduring.  We're also seeing project management applied better and more broadly.

Better:

Our processes are more mature. Read a new case study about  robust risk management practices on a $3 billion highway tunnel.

Leadership is an essential element.  The nuts and bolts of cost, schedule, and scope management are tools for engaging stakeholders, winning their cooperation, and inspiring our teams.

Virtual teams are so commonplace that the term "virtual" no longer fits.  These teams are geographically dispersed and often don't work for the same employer.  Techniques and technology for these teams have evolved to fit their unique challenges.

Applied More Broadly:

Agile software development methods challenge traditional views of  product development.  Author and consultant Alan Shalloway has contributed an excellent overview of Agile and helps us all understand its goals, strengths, and best application.

Project selection is the most important decision on the project. That has led to several new topics and revisions. 

  • This edition includes the Logical Framework, a proven model for connecting strategic goals to project deliverables - an essential communication tool for executives and team members. Terry Schmidt has been guiding teams to use this technique for over thirty years and he contributed this new topic.
  • Project portfolio management continues to be critically important. Now more than ever we realize the power of prioritization and the productivity gains when we refuse to pursue every project.
  • It is time for a greater focus on project proposals - the work performed before a project is selected. Every proposal must prove the value of the project.

IT projects have a rocky history.  But they've also been studied extensively. I interviewed CIO's to get their view on what makes a successful IT project. Here's a clue: It isn't cost or schedule!

Non-profits, schools, and other non-traditional project environments demand that the discipline be practical for small projects where too much overhead chokes productivity.

Tips for passing the PMP Exam and using Microsoft Project 2010 have been refreshed by Tony Johnson and Sam Huffman, respectively.  Sam also created more video tutorials for Microsoft Project 2010.

Practical and Comprehensive

The result is a book that retains its core focus on practical, proven techniques to execute projects, while recognizing that the total proejct environment plays a critical role in project success.