Center for Business Practices' 2006 Summit to Focus on Strategy and Projects; Event to run from December 5-7 at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas

Project management plays a critical role in executing an organizations' strategy and, therefore, ultimately in their overall success. Effectively aligning project management and strategy execution, however, remains a challenge.

This year's Center for Business Practices (CBP) Summit (December 5-7, Caesar's Palace Las Vegas,) will help project executives bridge this gap by providing cutting-edge best practices and lessons learned in integrating strategy, portfolio, program, project, and performance management from management thought leaders and knowledgeable senior practitioners. Designed for senior leaders, decision-makers, and those responsible for designing, implementing, or supporting project portfolios, the Summit will show attendees how successful organizations:

-- Implement organizational processes and structures that are flexible, adaptive, and optimized for today's rapidly changing business environments

-- Use management tools to measure the performance of strategy and project execution to improve that performance

-- Clearly communicate strategic project performance throughout the strategic management chain, leading to sound decision making

-- Link the project portfolio to the strategic planning process, focusing on achieving corporate strategies

-- Create an enterprise program office to strategically govern the project lifecycle

-- Integrate project and product development lifecycles to enable an effective business product strategy

-- Effectively allocate resources leading to efficient project portfolio execution

The Summit's events include:

-- Keynote Address by Art Kleiner, Editor-in-Chief of Strategy+Business Magazine.

-- Best Practice Exchanges from leaders at GMAC, PepsiCo, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, and Wachovia Bank.

-- Strategy & Projects Forum, facilitated by J. Kent Crawford, CEO of PM Solutions.

-- Project Office Forum, facilitated by Dr. Jimmie West, Dean of the PM College.

-- Products & Projects Forum, which features practitioners from top product companies who discuss the challenges and reveal their lessons learned.

-- PMO of the Year: 2006 PMO of the Year Award winners will share their lessons learned in implementing and maturing the PMO that's the best in the business.

-- Pre-Summit Workshops: In three half-day workshops, top faculty from the PM College will lead participants "Beyond the Project Office: Governance Best Practices," "Managing and Controlling Portfolio Performance," and "Designing and Building High-Performing Teams."

For more information and to register, contact the CBP toll-free at 877-813-5193 or visit The CBP is offering a discount to organizations that register before November 4.

About the Center for Business Practices(R)

The Center for Business Practices ( is the research and publishing arm of the management consulting and training organization PM Solutions. For more information, visit

Editor's Note: Members of the media interested in attending the 2006 CBP Summit can contact Megan Maguire Kelly at 610-269-2100, ext. 225 or for a free registration.

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