SME Book covers important aspects of project management.

Press Release Summary:

Written by Michael J. Termini, SME book titled "Concept to Customer: Portfolio, Pipeline, and Strategic Project Management," provides thorough explanations of portfolio and pipeline management techniques, project planning tools, risk management tools, contingency planning, and tradeoff analyses and leadership techniques. Book also offers insights into project teams, mistakes made by project managers and teams, preparing effective project proposal, and aligning expectations with team's ability.

Original Press Release:

New SME Book Helps Readers Avoid Learning from the "School of Hard Knocks"

DEARBORN, Mich., June 4, 2009 - The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announces the release of "Concept to Customer: Portfolio, Pipeline, and Strategic Project Management," a book that gives a broad, comprehensive perspective of project management.

A step-by-step approach, supported by tools, techniques and examples, is used to illustrate each important aspect of project management. Readers will find thorough explanations of portfolio and pipeline management techniques, project planning tools, risk management tools, contingency planning and tradeoff analyses and leadership techniques. Insights into the project team, mistakes made by project managers and teams, preparing an effective project proposal, the importance of "under committing and over delivering" and aligning project expectations with the project team's ability to deliver are also covered.

Author Michael J. Termini cleverly uses case studies from companies to illustrate the application of various project management strategies as well as strategic and tactical planning tools. Novice and seasoned project managers alike will gain insight into real-world, practical applications from his more than 40 years of hands-on experience. The techniques explained are proven, the approach sound and the results measurable and significant.

"This book clearly and concisely lays out the fundamentals as well as detailing how even the most experienced project managers can improve their performance to successfully meet customers' expectations and respond to rapidly changing market dynamics," says Alan Gerwig, PE, president, Alan Gerwig & Associates Inc.

Readers will also find information on the following:

Results-oriented performance metrics

Effective acquisitions planning

Budget planning and cost control

Process control techniques

Communications planning and the importance of documentation

Quality management techniques

Tactical project planning utilizing work breakdown structures (WBS)

Critical path method (CPM)

Program evaluation and review technique (PERT)

Graphical evaluation and review technique (GERT)

Gantt charts

Cycle time management techniques

Concurrency to reduce project cycle time and costs

Setting up and managing the project management office (PMO)

John P. McGrath, PhD, corporate vice president, quality, Edwards Lifesciences LLC, says, "One of the most valuable concepts is the '12-month rule' on project duration and the reduction in the ability to influence project success as time passes. Many of us have learned this through the 'school of hard knocks.' Discussions on risk management and case examples provide for a rounded learning experience."

"It is more effective to learn about others' mistakes and missed opportunities through reading rather than from direct experience," McGrath adds.

About the Author:

Michael J. Termini is president and CEO of The Consulting Alliance Group Inc. He has more than 40 years of pragmatic industry experience, holding executive management positions with corporations such as United Technologies, Hallmark Cards, Dresser Industries, PACCAR, Johnson & Johnson and numerous government agencies around the world. He is also the author of "The New Manufacturing Engineer" (SME 1997), "Strategic Project Management" (SME 1999), "Walking the Talk: Moving into Leadership" (SME 2007) and more than 100 articles.

Published by SME, 2009, Author Michael J. Termini, 458 pages, hardcover, ISBN: 978-0872638617, Product ID: BK09PUB8, Book Price: $72, SME Member Book Price: $62. Order online or call 800.733.4763. Outside the U.S. and Canada, call: 313.425.3000, ext. 4500. Purchase order or check - mail order request to Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Resource Center, P.O. Box 6028, Dearborn, MI, 48121, or fax to 313.425.3401.

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About SME:

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events and activities, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technology and the most up-to-date processes spanning all manufacturing industries and disciplines, plus the key areas of aerospace and defense, medical device, motor vehicles, including motorsports, and oil and gas. A 501(c)3 organization, SME has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of technical communities and chapters worldwide.


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