August 15, 2013

Benchmark Your Way to Success

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We invite you to participate in the Fourth Product Portfolio Management Benchmark Survey. The survey is designed to gather feedback on key trends in the industry including the opportunities and challenges product organizations are facing.

This year, in addition to industry trending questions, they are breaking new ground with in-depth questions on innovation capacity today and plans for the future; key criteria used to evaluate product ideas and opportunities; and timeliness of decision-making to “kill” products at the right time in the commercialization process; as well as other key questions to benchmark your company's innovation maturity level.

As a respondent you'll be the first to receive a full report of the study in the fall which will include best practices and trend information on the state of all aspects of product portfolio management and innovation. As a bonus, all qualified survey participants are entered for a chance to win a pair of Bose Bluetooth wireless headsets.

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Book Review

Organizational Project Management

Book review by Gerald Mulenburg, PMP
Finally, we have a book that addresses the missing connection between project management and the larger organization—“Organizational Project Management.” Clearly recognized by many, a major disconnect occurs in many organizations between those wanting projects done and those doing projects. And, unfortunately, even when recognized, this gap is often only addressed in isolated, sporadic ways—until now. Editor Rosemary Hossenlopp says this book is written "...for those individuals who fund projects, direct projects, or conduct project work” (p. xviii).

Concisely presented in a relatively small, readable, paperback, this book addresses a significant oversight in the project management literature. In a series of short articles by active practitioners, consultants and practicing academics, it provides practical wisdom for both managers and project managers to improve project value to organizations. In this context, success is not just meeting the scope, schedule and cost parameters, which we often don't do very well. The true measure of project success is the value that project results provide to the organization. Described by Hossenlopp, “Project management is the bridge between what an organization is and what it needs to become” (p. xvii). This bridge, the book emphasizes, is experiencing great strain due to the unmet needs for change in many organizations, and strengthening this bridge requires new organizational capabilities to face the challenges of the future. Read more.