Adaptive Project Framework: Managing Complexity in the Face of Uncertainty (Adobe Reader)

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Addison-Wesley Professional, Jan 25, 2010 - Business & Economics - 384 pages
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A Breakthrough Framework for Adaptive Project Management from Project Management Guru Robert K. Wysocki


For an increasing number of critical projects, traditional project management models simply are not appropriate. In many cases, complete requirements and objectives cannot be specified up front, and significant changes cannot be avoided. What’s needed is an entirely new framework for project management: one that combines agile methods with the profession’s most enduring best practices. In this book, Robert K. Wysocki provides that framework—the Adaptive Project Framework (APF)—and shows how to apply it in any domain.


Wysocki, one of the world’s leading project management consultants, has spent decades helping large organizations succeed with complex projects. Drawing on everything he’s learned, he explains why a fundamentally new framework is needed and introduces all five phases of that framework. He covers artifacts, processes, and deliverables, and shows how to utilize each phase most effectively in your environment. Through four detailed case studies, you’ll discover how APF can help you adapt to unexpected events, encouraging creative responses based on open partnerships between clients and project teams.


Coverage includes

  • Bringing greater flexibility and speed to any project, regardless of its goals or context
  • Moving forward successfully with projects that have vague requirements
  • Discovering what clients really want, not just what they say they want
  • Managing ongoing scope changes throughout a project
  • Customizing APF to your own environment
  • Integrating APF with existing agile software development methods
  • Using APF to overcome the obstacles to success
  • Preparing for the future of project management

This book is written for every project participant—project and program managers, software and product developers, process designers, and business analysts—who needs to deliver results in a world that won’t stand still.


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Overview of the Adaptive Project Framework
How to Manage the Client Checkpoint
How to Scope the APF Project
Delivery Process Design
How to Plan an APF Cycle
How to Build the APF Cycle
How to Conduct the Postversion Review
Management Process Design
APF in the Extreme
APF Frequently Asked Questions
Taking Stock
CareerAgent Overview

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About the author (2010)

Robert K. Wysocki, Ph.D., has more than forty years of experience as a project management consultant and trainer, information systems manager, systems and management consultant, author, and training developer and provider. His sixteen books on project and IT management include the PMI-recommended Effective Project Management, Fifth Edition (Wiley, 2009). In 1990, Robert founded Enterprise Information Insights, Inc. (EII), a consulting and training practice that specializes in helping large organizations run projects more effectively. His clients range from AT&T and Aetna to the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Wal-Mart, and Wells Fargo.

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