- Full Description
No-Drama Project Management: Avoiding Predictable Problems for Project Success is a book for project managers who want or need to be more effective. Having a project crash and burn is never a great situation, author Bart Gerardi explains, but its not a career busterunless the failure appears on the short list of recurring, avoidable problems that can and will pop up during any project. If your project fails due to a lack of planning, for example, expect a trip to the woodshed. Why? Your unexpected problem was actually both predictable and avoidable.
This book is an exploration of the preventable problems that cause project failures and how to steer clear of them. It includes far more than simple rookie mistakes like trying to please the wrong stakeholder or misunderstanding your role on the team. Those who have been around the block a few times will also find tips and insights that can help them reignite a stalled or meandering career. The sections on managing change adroitly or handling truly unexpected challenges, for example, can get veteran project managers back on track.
There are plenty of books about the science of project management that cover such things as creating a work-breakdown structure or a Gantt chart. No-Drama Project Management is about the art of project management. It contains methods and techniquesillustrated with stories from Gerardis rich store of experiencesthatll help project managers shine and become promotable. This book:
- Describes the common obstacles that all projects face, and how to defuse or avoid them
- Explains how project managers can hold a mirror to their own performance and improve it
- Shows project managers how to become masters at expecting the unexpected and thereby ratcheting up their success rates
What youll learn
This book shows you how to:
- Understand the problems that every project faces, and how to avoid them
- Adjust your management style if it causes problems for your projects
- Determine just what your program manager is thinking, and what he or she wants from you
- Make sure, if your projects fail, that they do so in interesting and educational ways, not mundane ones
- Ensure that your projects run smoother, with less focus on the mistakes and more on the challenges
- Become a top project manager in your company, your field, the world!
Who this book is for
No-Drama Project Management: Avoiding Predictable Problems for Project Success is for project managers who have had projects go awry in the past and dont understand why. It is for the project manager who wants to think like a program manager and keep from making the kinds of mistakes that will get them in hot water. It is also for program or portfolio managers who need to help train project managers to keep projects on track by managing the known unknowns. Finally, this book is for project managers who are ready to think beyond their current projects and look ahead to a job as a program or portfolio manager.
- Table of Contents
Table of Contents
- Introduction: The No-Drama Project Manager
- Project Management SuccessWhat do you mean 'expect the expected'?
- Identify RequirementsTell me againwhat are we trying to do here?
- PrioritizeWhich is higher: critical, must-have, or essential?
- Manage ChangeI'm sure we can squeeze that in without adjusting the schedule.
- Align with the ClientHmm . . . I don't remember talking about that.
- Testing AssumptionsWell, when we started this project, we were assuming...
- Identify Decision MakersYou weren't the one to make that call?
- Communicate EffectivelyI must not have gotten that email.
- Develop a PlanLets just get started; we know what we need to do.
- Prepare for ProblemsHonestly, we really hoped this wouldnt happen.
- Establish MetricsWhats the score now?
- Know the RolesCoach, tell me again where Im playing?
- Handling the Truly UnexpectedUh oh . . .
- The End of Drama
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