© 2011, 6" x 9" softcover, 232 pages
Product Code B275
By Robert L. Gordon and Wanda Curlee
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Successfully Launch and Operate a Virtual Project Management Office
New technology and global businesses and
organizations are making virtual project management offices (VPMOs) more
important and more prevalent than ever. Successfully operating a VPMO
requires project managers to employ additional skills and address
different challenges from those necessary to operate a traditional PMO.
For example, the virtual project manager must have effective soft skills
to build trust among a dispersed team and to select the best forms of
communication. He or she must also ensure compliance with the unique
policies, procedures, and laws relevant to maintaining a VPMO.
This book offers best practices for
successful virtual projects and the most effective ways to create and
implement a PMO in a virtual environment. It’s a valuable resource for
companies considering a VPMO and those already operating one.
- Proven implementation plans
- Guidance for building a business case
- Laws and ethics governing VPMOs
- Tips and advice from experts
Plus! Dozens of practical tools to use in launching a VPMO or improving an existing project management office.
Contents: Introduction • Do You Really
Need a Virtual PMO? • Building a Virtual PMO • Trust • Change • Culture •
Communication • Evaluation Tools • Implementation Tools • Lessons
learned • Policies/Procedures, the Laws and Ethics • Program Management •
Training • Conclusion
About the Authors
Robert L. Gordon, DM, has
been involved in managing virtual global projects for decades. He
develops and delivers courses for the American Public University System,
the Keller Graduate School of Management (DeVry University), and the
Apollo Group in operations management, distance education, business,
ethics, critical thinking, economics, and project management. He has
published numerous articles on project management, project complexity,
supply chain management, strategic value-added purchasing, team
conflict, virtual teams, and vendor relations.
Wanda Curlee, DM, PMP, PgMP, PMI-RMP, also
a veteran of establishing and running virtual project management
offices, is currently a senior manager at a major consulting firm. She
is a program management leader experienced in global markets, government
projects, and highly complex IT, information systems, and managed
services projects. She is also an adjunct instructor for Northcentral
University and Kaplan University, facilitating online doctoral,
graduate, and undergraduate courses in project management, critical
thinking, and strategic management.