Joseph Lukas

Paper and Presentation: Successful Project Management in a Low Authority Environment

Abstract: Project success is not just delivering the scope on time and within budget. What clients need from project teams is delivery of the expected business benefits. Project managers who also have business skills greatly increases their value, since they can assist the client in defining, managing and delivering the project benefits. This paper will review key strategic planning concepts including goals and objectives, and how the project manager can support the client in selecting the projects that provide optimum value. A major focus of this paper is the importance of establishing key performance indicators and success factors; along with a business case based on quantitative benefits. In addition, value achievement best practices will be discussed, which is ensuring the project benefits are realized. This paper provides a roadmap for project managers to evolve into business managers by learning the skills to help define, manage and deliver the project benefits.

PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management

Biography: Joe Lukas has been involved in project management for over 35 years. His work experience spans engineering, manufacturing, construction, project controls, estimating, contracting and project, program and portfolio management. His projects experience includes information systems, product development, construction and manufacturing. Joe joined PMI in 1986 and has held many Chapter Board positions in Rochester, NY including two terms as President. Joe has over 50 published articles on project management topics, and is a frequent guest speaker for companies and organizations across the country. Joe teaches and consults on project management topics and interpersonal skills.