- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: British Computer Society; Ill edition (1 Nov. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1902505816
- ISBN-13: 978-1902505817
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.2 x 24.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,419,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[The author] tries to focus on the use of standards within project management not for their own sake but for the betterment of the project and its delivery. Good comment sense stuff. - Health Informatics Now --Health Informatics Now
About the Author
Elizabeth Harrin is a project manager for AXA and was previously with American Express. A PRINCE2 Practitioner, she is trained in the Six Sigma process improvement methodology as a Black Belt. An alumnus of the universities of York and Roehampton, she currently lives and works in Paris.
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I found the requirements analysis chapter interesting. The Mental Model Mismatch has been included whereby the understanding of what the user requires should be perfectly aligned with the designer's and architect's perceptions provided communication is effective between these three individuals User --Interface--> Designer --Interface--> Architect. The chapter on risk identification is also interesting with a risk impact matrix shown as part of risk assessment. The chapter on stakeholder analysis highlights the importance of mapping each stakeholder interest and influence from where it is currently standing to where it should be taken i.e. Averse-->Uncooperative-->Indifferent-->Supportive-->Enthusiastic.
Harrin has portrayed a well-organised list of important points on what project management is really about. In addition, Harrin discusses certain PRINCE2 processes as well as making those important points more informative by bringing in examples from experience. However, a big part of the various project management methodologies the book addresses appeals to IT professionals from all over the world.
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It is one of the few PM books coming from an IT organization that focuses more on the soft side of project management than on system development life-cycles. The material addresses the people factors of projects without becoming preachy. Each chapter provides an anecdote as an example, discusses the issue, and provides specific tips and ideas on how to handle the situation.
One rather unique chapter deals with self-promotion and office politics. Much as we hate this aspect of work, it is what it is. There are few texts that pack even a tenth of the useful observations on this subject in their entire volume as this "chapter" - really 4-5 pages - contains into such a small space.
This book differs greatly from Rita Mulcahy's "PM Crash Course", which walks through the PMBOK skills. As the author notes from the beginning - this is not an entry-level text for project managers. It is the kind of book where you shake your head as you go through the anecdotes, thinking "been there, done that"; the proposed resolutions are practical and do-able. Probably the closest analogous text I can think of is "The Project Manager's Survival Guide".
This is a fast read, and written in a fairly entertaining manner. But this is not designed to be read at a sitting and absorbed. Consider it as a job aid when you are in a tricky situation, so you can pull out this book instead of pulling out your hair.
The book is published by a British professional association. Amazon says it may take up to a month to deliver this book and that is about what I experienced.
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