Manage It!: Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management Paperback – 17 Jun 2007
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""I highly recommend this book to all project managers, from novices to those with more experience. This is an incredible resource that should be referred to frequently for advice on how to help you decide which project management practice or technique is appropriate for your project--which she helps you to apply immediately.""Jennifer Cannon, SticckyMinds.com Review
""Concrete and useful. In this book there are things you may learn from university and from your job after years of experience. Take this book and a shortcut.""--Nicola Pedot
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Something happened, the team members replied very positively about my initiative and wanted to write it together. So we did! In 2 hours discussing the vision of our product we learned a lot about everyone's perspective. We had some hard discussions about defining the succes criteria, but it's suppossed to be hard. But nobody complained! One of the team members said this: "For the first time , I have the feeling we are getting of the rollercoaster." Today
we started to build a positive shared history.
Personnaly I like the following chapters best;
1. Starting a project
6. Recognizing and avoiding schudule games
11. Creating and using a project dashboard
12. Managing multisite projects (en daar is al snel sprake van)
13. Integrating testing into the project
16. Managing the project portfolio
O before I forget: stop multitasking!
This is the best book on project management and one of the best books on my book shelf.
Johanna is doing an excellent job explaining how to try to reach the middle of the project management road - not too tight and not too loose.
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One of my favorite chapters is Recognizing and Avoiding Schedule Games, which uses comic art and prose to explain and fix schedule games that can occur on projects. Here are a few from the book:
- Bring Me a Rock
- Hope Is Our Most Important Strategy
- Queen of Denial
- Sweep Under the Rug
- 90% Done
and so on, for a total of 16 entertaining schedule games that every project manager eventually needs to face.
Rothman is an entertaining writer with a knack for interesting prose and practical advice. Unlike most PM books I've read, I've not found anything yet where I was inclined to ignore her advice or felt an approach would require too much work and yield too little benefit. She definitely has a propensity toward simple, sustainable approaches to project management, something I sincerely appreciate due to my strong disdain for any approach with substantial overhead.
Another great feature of this book is you can read it out of order, either by opening it randomly or by simply reading the sections that interest you at the moment or that apply to problems you are struggling with.
Buy it. Try it. It's worth it.
You could read this book to get a good flavor for what project managers do, but I don't see it as a first course in becoming a project manager. Experienced project managers typically have grown up with a particular project management method: Waterfall, phase-gate, spiral, agile, Scrum, XP. While Johanna shows a general preference for agile methods, she gives excellent detail on how to work effectively in each method.
Don't skip this book because you think you are too experienced for it. Manage It! is packed with great tips for the most seasoned leader.
Rothman is a project management consultant. She has seen many different companies trying many different project management lifecycles. I would guess that in most cases she doesn't get called in unless her customers are having problems. The fact that she's been doing this for years means that her work is valued by her customers.
This difference in experience can be seen comparing this book to Berkun's. Instead of outlining one way to do things, Rothman describes a continuum of project lifecycles from waterfall (what she calls "serial") to agile. She talks about when each is appropriate, things to watch out for in different contexts, and when the odds are against success in each kind of lifecycle.
Other topics that are explored in the book include schedule games and how to avoid them, how to manage meetings, how to integrate testing into your project, and others.
This is a great book. I'll continue to refer to it during my future projects.
Buy this book if you want to be a more effective project manager (or technical lead who works with project managers), or if you want to be more agile but are not sure how. What I liked most about this book is the focus on how project management processes can help people be more (or less) effective; an understanding of the primary role of people in a project is key to being more agile.
While reading this book, it opened my eyes again and again -- Yep, been there, seen that.
I encourage every project manager to read this book from beginning to end; this will put hooks in your mind to come back later and re-read the appropriate chapter when needed. After having read this book, it makes a great reference. I use it to make sure I have not overseen anything when reaching certain life cycle events.
Thanks Johanna, this book was overdue for a long time!
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