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Project Manager: Mastering the Art of Delivery in Project Management [Paperback]

Richard Newton
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7 April 2005

There is now a new and fully updated version of this book available (isbn:9780273723424 ).

 

Learn how to be the safe pair of hands in your organisation, consistently delivering exceptional projects on time and to budget. 

The steep rise in demand for good project managers in recent years has been mirrored by the publication of book after book setting out the formal processes and mechanics of project management.  Whether they are textbooks or books aimed at the practitioner, they all usually cover the same ground - the ABCs of project management.

But anyone who has ever managed a project or overseen the management of a project in the real world knows that there is a significant difference between mastering the ABCs and mastering the practice of project management itself.

It's not that the formal methodologies don't work, but rather that it's only half of the picture.  To go from good to great in project management, you need to shift your focus back to the real basics of management.

In this illuminating book, Richard Newton, a successful project manager with twenty years' experience, will show you several ways you can elevate your game.

Topics covered include:

-         What is successful delivery?

-         Communications – learning to understand who the customers are, what they want, and how best to communicate with them

-         What actually is your project?  Understanding the importance of scope and how best to define it

-     How to get your project started

-     Optimal personal styles for project managers

-     Managing your project

-         Getting the best out of your project team

-         A quick survey of the most important tools and techniques

-         When to constructively kill a project

Whether you are just starting out in project management, or have a few years under your belt and want to achieve real mastery, The Project Manager will help you deliver more. 

 



Product details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 1 edition (7 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273701738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273701736
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

I am an author, consultant, programme manager and speaker. I also help to run two small businesses. The common themes are getting things done and accomplishing goals - as an individual or in a team, working as a project lead, a line manager or a consultant. I work internationally.

In my books I look for interesting ways of achieving goals, focussing on practicality and usability. I aim to be clear, comprehensive and enjoyable to read. My books have been translated into many languages and won awards, including the Management Book of the Year 2013. I have written for beginners as well as the experienced, and for both business and personal situations.

If you have questions or comments on my writing or anything else, feel free to contact me.

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Learn how to be the safe pair of hands in your organisation, consistently delivering exceptional projects on time and to budget. 

The steep rise in demand for good project managers in recent years has been mirrored by the publication of book after book setting out the formal processes and mechanics of project management.  Whether they are textbooks or books aimed at the practitioner, they all usually cover the same ground - the ABCs of project management, you might call it.

But anyone who has ever managed a project or overseen the management of a project in the real world knows that there is a significant difference between mastering the ABCs and mastering the practice of project management itself.

It's not that the formal methodologies don't work, but rather that it's only half of the picture.  To go from good to great in project management, you need to shift your focus back to the real basics of management.

In this illuminating book, Richard Newton, a successful project manager with twenty years' experience, will show you several ways you can elevate your game.

Topics covered include:

  • What is successful delivery?
  • Communications – learning to understand who the customers are, what they want, and how best to communicate with them
  • What actually is your project?  Understanding the importance of scope and how best to define it
  • How to get your project started
  • Optimal personal styles for project managers
  • Managing your project
  • Getting the best out of your project team
  • A quick survey of the most important tools and techniques
  • When to constructively kill a project

Whether you are just starting out in project management, or have a few years under your belt and want to achieve real mastery, The Project Manager will deliver. 

About the Author

Richard Newton is a senior manager with twenty years experience in the field of projects. He has been responsible for IT and software development work, business change programmes, telecommunications projects, and launching new products. Additionally he has worked extensively as a management consultant. He has seen project management from all perspectives – as a team member, as a project and a programme manager, as a supplier, and as a project sponsor and customer. He has been employed by a variety of major companies including Kodak, Coopers & Lybrand, Telewest Broadband, Ernst & Young, Energis and A.T. Kearney. He has worked in the UK, Europe, Australia and the US.


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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book offers a different perspective to the vast majority of project management titles and is focused on project delivery and the basic management tasks that need to be completed and potential pitfalls that may be encountered. The author provides a clear and concise set of learnings which can be tailored to support the many project management methodologies that are engaged within the world of Project Management. Whilst each section has its own merits, and the two which personally stood out for me were 'listening and talking' and 'personal styles'. The strong underlying message is that irrespective of experience, it is important to continually revisit how you manage projects and key lessons that you can take onto your next assignment.
I rate this book within the top 5% of project management books that I have read in terms of content and clarity, and subsequently I have no hesitation in recommending this book to both my experienced project management peers and those embarking on a career within this discipline. .
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ BOOK!!!!! 4 Jun 2007
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I have to say this book is one of a kind, i bought this book thinking what else can be read about PROJECT MANAGEMENT that other writers haven't written. but Richard Newton knows exactly what you really need to know about being a successfull project manager. He gives you scenarios, examples and explains from his own personal life experience.

Now when the book says pay good attention to chapter 2, it's really worth paying attention to, because that chapter is one of the main key of being a successfull project manager.

The best thing about this book, is that it is aimed at everybody who wants to get the best out of being a successfull project manager.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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With a bombardment of management methods and other resources it's nice to read a book that actually spells out the essence of what project management really is. This book will help you identify what a Project Manager should be doing and what are the "common sense" tasks that turn the mediocre into the great. I read this book cover to cover and found it to be well laid out, easy to read and clearly written by someone who's been there and has got the t-shirt.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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This book stands out from the many others on this topic because it focusses on acheiving success in real world situations and views the delivery of projects in a pragmatic way. That's not to say that it doesn't cover the tools of project management, because it does, but the focus of this book (and the real value in my eyes) is that this book focuses in the main on the professional and personal characteristics that make a difference in real world situations such as communications, empathy, influencing, support, dynamism and ownership. The book is also an interesting read, and there are characters who many of us will recognise from real life situations (I have met many Teflon-man project managers!). A refreshing approach which makes a difference to project delivery.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will never regret getting this book 18 May 2007
By M Birch
Format:Paperback
You will never regret getting this book - and more than likely someone will want to steal it from you! I've been working as a programme and project manager for nearly 10 years now. And have the expected professional accreditations (prince2 and pmp) - yet this book has still made a lasting impact with me. Being a contractor means you are entirely responsible for your own career progression and whilst I've always learned something from my various roles, however no other PM book has so accurately captured the fundamentals like this one! But please don't write this book off if you've loads of actual experience. It really focuses upon the human / behaviours which will make the difference. So many times I've been frustrated with my clients or customers for scope creep or lack of definition - and this book discusses this at some length. The impact of this book is really overwhelming. I only wish I had read this when I first bought it in 2005 at an airport to pass the time. Had I read this book two years ago I have no doubt I could have been more effective and happier about the projects I was managing back then.

However, now, just one week after reading the book, my current client has told me that hiring me was the best decision she's made for this programme in the 18 months she's been directing it. I was amazed and know that it's almost certainly because of the impact this book has had on my approach. It really won't matter where you are in the food-chain of project management - this book will be a huge resource to you. Just buy it! Enjoy!
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