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In the updated edition of this critically acclaimed and bestselling book, Microsoft project veteran Scott Berkun offers a collection of essays on field-tested philosophies and strategies for defining, leading, and managing projects. Each essay distills complex concepts and challenges into practical nuggets of useful advice, and the new edition now adds more value for leaders and managers of projects everywhere.

Based on his nine years of experience as a program manager for Internet Explorer, and lead program manager for Windows and MSN, Berkun explains to technical and non-technical readers alike what it takes to get through a large software or web development project. Making Things Happen doesn't cite specific methods, but focuses on philosophy and strategy. Unlike other project management books, Berkun offers personal essays in a comfortable style and easy tone that emulate the relationship of a wise project manager who gives good, entertaining and passionate advice to those who ask.

Topics in this new edition 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
Complete with a new forward from the author and a discussion guide for forming reading groups/teams, Making Things Happen offers in-depth exercises to help you apply lessons from the book to your job. It is inspiring, funny, honest, and compelling, and definitely the one book that you and your team need to have within arm's reach throughout the life of your project.

Coming from the rare perspective of someone who fought difficult battles on Microsoft's biggest projects and taught project design and management for MSTE, Microsoft's internal best practices group, this is valuable advice indeed. It will serve you well with your current work, and on future projects to come.

Book News Annotation:

Berkun worked at Microsoft from 1994 to 2003, has written two acclaimed books, and currently makes a living speaking at events and teaching seminars around the world on topics including leading teams, managing projects, and creative thinking. He presents a revised edition of his 2006 text, The Art of Project Management, for experienced and new team leaders and managers; individual programmers and testers, or other contributors to projects; and students in business management, product design, or software engineering. Incorporating anecdotes and information gained from a decade of experience working in software and web development, Berkun describes how to plan, manage, and lead projects. The original work has been updated, expanded, and enhanced, and includes 120-plus new exercises, a discussion guide for using the book with teams, and revised and streamlined advice in every chapter. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In the updated edition of this critically acclaimed and bestselling book, Microsoft project veteran Berkun offers a collection of essays on field-tested philosophies and strategies for defining, leading, and managing projects.

Synopsis:

In the updated edition of this critically acclaimed and bestselling book, Microsoft project veteran Berkun offers a collection of essays on field-tested philosophies and strategies for defining, leading, and managing projects.

About the Author

Scott Berkun worked on the Internet Explorer team at Microsoft from 1994-1999 and left the company in 2003 with the goal of writing enough books to fill a shelf. The Myths of Innovation is his second book: he wrote the best seller, The Art of Project Management (O'Reilly 2005). He makes a living writing, teaching and speaking. He teaches a graduate course in creative thinking at the University of Washington, runs the sacred places architecture tour at NYC's GEL conference, and writes about innovation, design and management at www.scottberkun.com.

Table of Contents

FOREWORDPREFACEChapter 1: A brief history of project management (and why you should care)PART ONE: PLANS
  • Chapter 2: The truth about schedules
  • Chapter 3: How to figure out what to do
  • Chapter 4: Writing the good vision
  • Chapter 5: Where ideas come from
  • Chapter 6: What to do with ideas once you have them
PART TWO: SKILLS
  • Chapter 7: Writing good specifications
  • Chapter 8: How to make good decisions
  • Chapter 9: Communication and relationships
  • Chapter 10: How not to annoy people: process, email, and meetings
  • Chapter 11: What to do when things go wrong
PART THREE: MANAGEMENT
  • Chapter 12: Why leadership is based on trust
  • Chapter 13: Making things happen
  • Chapter 14: Middle-game strategy
  • Chapter 15: End-game strategy
  • Chapter 16: Power and politics
A guide for discussion groupsANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHYACKNOWLEDGMENTSPHOTO CREDITSCOLOPHON

Product Details

ISBN:
9780596517717
Author:
Berkun, Scott
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media
Subject:
Project management
Subject:
Leadership
Subject:
Desktop Applications - Project Management Software
Subject:
Software Engineering-Project Management
Subject:
communication skils;leading;project management
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Theory in Practice (O'Reilly)
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
410
Dimensions:
9.19 x 7 x 0.99 in 1.46 lb

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