Succeeding in the Project Management Jungle

How to Manage the People Side of Projects

 Succeeding in the Project Management Jungle

Author: Doug Russell, PMP
Pub Date: March 2011
Print Edition: $19.95
Print ISBN: 9780814416150
Page Count: 272
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814416167

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Succeeding in the Project Management Jungle addresses a subject that doesn’t get enough coverage in management books. It’s a practical and definitive work that will enable you to get results from your people no matter how many solid or dotted lines fill up your organization chart.” — John Berra, Senior Advisor and past Chairman, Emerson Process Management

It’s a jungle out there for project managers, and no amount of Lean, Agile, or Six Sigma finessing is going to tame a massive project that’s threatening to unravel. No matter what process you’ve got in place, there’s one key ingredient that can make or break your success: managing the people.

Introducing TACTILE Management™, a people-based project management system that works in conjunction with your organization’s existing processes. Based on the seven char­acteristics of successful projects—transparency, accountability, communication, trust, integrity, leadership, and execution—Succeeding in the Project Management Jungle’s system shows you how to:

• Take a project team out of its functional silos and transform it into a powerful, integrated force.

• Balance the expectations of customers, management, and project teams with the traditional technical requirements of schedule, cost, and scope.

• Use people management skills to successfully navigate each process group, including initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing.

• Troubleshoot the pitfalls that frequently jeopardize knowledge-worker projects, and eliminate or minimize their impact.

Complete with practical, real-world advice from practitioners in the field and a run­ning case study that astutely contrasts a standard project with a TACTILE-managed one, Succeeding in the Project Management Jungle is immensely practical, remarkably easy to master, and packed with invaluable insights for overworked, overstressed project leaders everywhere.

Doug Russell, PMP, is currently director of engineering at a Fortune 200 company. He has more than 25 years of experience in high-technology project management for commercial and government organizations, including Motorola, Intel, Textron Inc., and others.

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