Managing Complexity in the Face of Uncertainty

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Adaptive Project Framework
Managing Complexity in the Face of Uncertainty

Robert K. Wysocki, Ph.D.

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Contents
Preface Acknowledgments About the Author
Introduction The Contemporary Project Landscape Adaptive Project Framework Balance between Staff, Process, and Technology Characteristics of the Project Business Process Life Cycle Project Management Life Cycle Profile of the Project Team Profile of the Client Team Supporting Technology Project Management Is Organized Common Sense 1. What Business Situation Is Being Addressed by This Project? 2. What Do You Need to Do? 3. What Will You Do? 4. How Will You Do It? 5. How Will You Know You Did It? 6. How Well Did You Do? Project Management Is Organized Common Sense Why I Wrote This Book How This Book Is Structured

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Case Studies Snacks Fifth Avenue: Kiosk Design Kamikazi Software Systems: Systems Development Project Management Process Design Pizza Delivered Quickly: Order Entry and Home Delivery Process Design Try & Buy Department Stores: Curriculum Design, Development, and Delivery Who Should Read This Book? Project and Program Managers Software Developers Product Developers Process Designers Business Analysts Process Improvement Professionals Research & Development Professionals Problem Solvers Putting It All Together

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Chapter 1: Overview of the Adaptive Project Framework The Fundamentals of the Adaptive Project Framework Client or Customer? The APF Project Team First Look at APF Goal, Solution, Functions, and...
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