Blog Post #1: Ruggles and Harrington to Co-Author Book (PM4PITs)

(Fair Lawn, NJ - January 2, 2018) - Happy New Year!  We hope that you and your organization experience Health, Happiness, and improved Performance Excellence in the year 2018!

We're pleased to announce that our Chief Operating Officer, Bill Ruggles, has received approval of the manuscript he submitted to the Publisher (CRC Press -- a division of Taylor & Francis) in early November for his 3rd book being co-authored with H. James Harrington.  The Executive Editor has set a May, 2018 Release Date.

His 1st book was self-published in 1990 with the advice and counsel of the Staff at the Library of Congress (which was a Client at that time) and co-authored with Mukunda S. Murthy. It was entitled The Project Workbench Whiz's Sourcebook with the sub-title "Everything You Always Wanted to Know, But Couldn't Find in the User's Manual".  Its only focus was helping end-users of that top-selling project planning, scheduling, and tracking software (formerly known as "Project Manager's Workbench") for personal computers by maximizing its functionality for practical project applications.

His 2nd book was published in 2016 by CRC Press (the same subsidiary of Taylor & Francis that is publishing his upcoming book) and co-authored with Christopher F. Voehl and H. James Harrington. It was entitled Effective Portfolio Management Systems and its focus is on providing a road-map for the implementation of a Project Portfolio Management system and a model for driving effective organizational change.

This latest book is entitled Project Management for Performance Improvement Teams (or "PM4PITs" for short).  It provides practical guidance based on innovative concepts for project teams – especially performance improvement teams (PITs) – and their Project Managers. It shows -- via the use of two Case Studies -- how to successfully complete a project or a program using a scalable, iterative framework based on an innovative foundation fusing elements of Project Management, Continual Improvement, and Innovation Management to create a "Lean Project Management" model.

In this first PM4PITs blog (in a series of PM4PITs blogs), here's an excerpt from the Preface:

Welcome to the latest addition to the “Little Big Book Series”:  Project Management for Performance Improvement Teams (PM4PITs).

In another book in this series entitled Effective Portfolio Management Systems, the co-authors wrote that “one of the biggest organizational wastes occurring today in both private and public organizations is the high percentage of failed projects and programs.”  A “failed” project/program is one that does not meet one or more of its value-added objectives in terms of scope, quality, schedule, budget or risk."

While that earlier book in the series focuses on how Portfolio Leaders and PMO Directors can “do the right projects” in the strategic context of an organizational project portfolio, this book lays out how Project and Program Managers and their teams can “do those right projects the right way, one project at a time.  If this is what you are looking for, you have found the ideal book in the ideal series!

This book provides straightforward guidance in plain English for Project Teams – especially performance improvement teams (PITs) – and their Project Managers on how to successfully complete individual projects and programs that address strategically-aligned opportunities for improvement (OFIs) using an ingenious, iterative and scalable "APECC" framework based on an innovative foundation fusing together elements of Project Management, Innovation Management, and Continual Improvement. (See Figure 2.6 taken from the manuscript below.)

This new framework enables the management of performance improvement projects and programs in a truly iterative and, if necessary, adaptive fashion via THREE scalable approaches:  “Full”, “Lean” or "Hybrid", depending on each project’s relative Scope and Priority. (Author’s Note:  By “Lean”, we mean “a greatly scaled-down version of our ‘Full’ approach for projects whose Scope is relatively small and/or Priority relatively low. By “Hybrid”, we mean “a customized version of our ‘Full’ approach for projects whose Scope and/or Priority requires a "blend" or "composite" framework to meet its unique demands.)

Does your organization have a set of "OFI's" (Opportunities for Improvement) you would like to address?  What do you think of trying out this new framework to leverage them more effectively and efficiently?  We'd like to know your thoughts!  Please leave us a comment below or send us an e-mail at:

Each week, for the remainder of 2018, we'll be posting a PM4PITs blog focusing on some aspect of this upcoming book!  Stay tuned for the next one next week!

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