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For new *and* seasoned PMs

  • Jan 25, 2005
Regardless of whether you're managing your first project, or have the battle scars from many, this excellent book will be an invaluable resource.

For the new PM the 18 "Screw-ups" cited will give you ample warning about the most common pitfalls encountered in any project. Note that this book is more slanted towards software development projects, but the 18 pitfalls apply to any project type.

Seasoned project managers will recognize every one of the pitfalls cited. Even though this readership may have developed techniques to prevent them after years of experience, many will find the list to be an excellent review before initiating any project. One of the best uses of this book for seasoned (and even new) PMs is to share copies of this book with key project team members and all major stakeholders before the project is initiated. This will communicate awareness of the most likely things that can go wrong, as well as build a collaborative environment.

I particularly like the format used to present each "screw-up" - "How it happens", "Warning signs", "Turning it around" and "Takeaways". This format casts each of the 18 "screw-ups" as a pattern of sorts, and presents each in a consistent manner. I also liked some of the artifacts depicted in the book, such as the example progress report. This (and additional material) can be downloaded from the site supporting the book (paste the ASIN - B00061GLJ2 - into the search box on this page, select All Products, and click the Go button).

The wisdom contained in this excellent, easy-to-read compendium is invaluable. I personally love the book and highly recommend it.

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My day job is in the technology sector as an IT consultant specializing in ITIL, and specifically, configuration, change and release management. I've traveled the world as a consultant before moving … more
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This is your complete, hands-on guide to saving projects in trouble.

Drawing on 20 years of frontline project management experience, Lonnie Pacelli identifies the 18 most pervasive causes of project failure: their causes, early warning signs, and how to fix them before it's too late.

Here's just some of what you'll learn...

  • ...how to focus on the right problem, find and keep the right sponsors, realistically determine scope, uncover hidden risks, write more effective project plans...
  • ...involve the right people, get your whole team on the same page...
  • ...deal with vendors who don't deliver... manage and minimize cost overruns...
  • ...communicate more effectively...test right, train right...
  • ...streamline that last, endless 10% and finish strong...
  • ...and more...
  • ...a whole lot more.

If you're a working project manager, consultant, or team leader, this book is your secret weapon. It's fast. Relevant. Practical. Easy to read. Easy to use. Above all: it works.

--This text refers to theKindle Editionedition.
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ISBN-10: 0131490478
ISBN-13: 978-0131490475
Author: Lonnie Pacelli
Genre: Project Management
Publisher: FT Press
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