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The Art of Project Management covers it all--from practical methods for making sure work gets done right and on time, to the mindset that can make you a great leader motivating your team to do their best. Reading this was like reading the blueprint for how the best projects are managed at Microsoft... I wish we always put these lessons into action!" --Joe Belfiore, General Manager, E-home Division, Microsoft Corporation

"Berkun has written a fast paced, jargon-free and witty guide to what he wisely refers to as the 'art' of project management. It's a great introduction to the discipline. Seasoned and new managers will benefit from Berkun's perspectives." --Joe Mirza, Director, CNET Networks (Cnet.com)

"Most books with the words 'project management' in the title are dry tomes. If that's what you are expecting to hear from Berkun's book, you will be pleasantly surprised. Sure, it's about project management. But it's also about creativity, situational problem-solving, and leadership. If you're a team member, project manager, or even a non-technical stakeholder, Scott offers dozens of practical tools and techniques you can use, and questions you can ask, to ensure your projects succeed." --Bill Bliss, Senior VP of product and customer experience, expedia.com

In The Art of Project Management, you'll learn from a veteran manager of software and web development how to plan, manage, and lead projects. This personal account of hard lessons learned over a decade of work in the industry distills complex concepts and challenges into practical nuggets of useful advice. Inspiring, funny, honest, and compelling, this is the book you and your team need to have within arms reach. It will serve you well with your current work, and on future projects to come.

Topics include:

  • How to make things happen
  • Making good decisions
  • Specifications and requirements
  • Ideas and what to do with them
  • How not to annoy people
  • Leadership and trust
  • The truth about making dates
  • What to do when things go wrong

Book News Annotation:

Independent consultant Berkum begins this readable how-to guide to project management with a brief history of the subject, and an explanation of why the subject is important. The book is then divided into three sections, with the headings of plans, skills, and management. The section on planning discusses schedules, figuring out what to do, ideas, and what to do with ideas. The next section addresses skills such as writing specifications, making good decisions, communication, how not to annoy people, and what to do when things go wrong. The final section on management looks at issues of trust, how to make things happen, strategies, and power and politics. Includes an annotated bibliography.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Scott Berkun is the best selling author of The Art of Project Management, The Myths of Innovation, and Making Things Happen. His work as a writer and public speaker have appeared in the The Washington Post, The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Fast Company, Forbes Magazine, and other media. He has taught creative thinking at the University of Washington and has been a regular commentator on CNBC, MSNBC and National Public Radio. His many popular essays and entertaining lectures can be found for free on his blog at Scott Berkun.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter One: A brief history of project management (and why you should care)
  • Part I: Plans
    • Chapter Two: The truth about schedules
    • Chapter Three: How to figure out what to do
    • Chapter Four: Writing the good vision
    • Chapter Five: Where ideas come from
    • Chapter Six: What to do with ideas once you have them
  • Part II: Skills
    • Chapter Seven: Writing good specifications
    • Chapter Eight: How to make good decisions
    • Chapter Nine: Communication and relationships
    • Chapter Ten: How not to annoy people: process, email, and meetings
    • Chapter Eleven: What to do when things go wrong
  • Part III: Management
    • Chapter Twelve: Why leadership is based on trust
    • Chapter Thirteen: How to make things happen
    • Chapter Fourteen: Middle-game strategy
    • Chapter Fifteen: End-game strategy
    • Chapter Sixteen: Power and politics
  • Notes
  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments
  • Photo Credits
  • Colophon

Product Details

ISBN:
9780596007867
Author:
Berkun, Scott
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media
Subject:
Leadership
Subject:
Programming - Software Development
Subject:
Project management
Subject:
Project Managers;design;leadership;management;process;project management;project teams;software development;software engineering;software engineers;strategy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
Theory in Practice (O'Reilly)
Publication Date:
20050502
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.19 x 7 x 0.88 in 1.68 lb

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