Project Management That Works

Real-World Advice on Communicating, Problem-Solving, and Everything Else You Need to Know to Get the Job Done

 Project Management That Works

Authors: Rick A. Morris, Brette McWhorter Sember
Pub Date: August 2008
Print Edition: $19.95
Print ISBN: 9780814437681
Page Count: 240
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814410882

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There is a noticeable and growing problem in project management—a huge and disturbing gap has emerged between project management theory and its application. Project managers know how to run a risk meeting, but not how to negotiate the upper levels of power in their corporations. If you’re a new project manager, you may know how to plan a project, but not how to negotiate dates with your sponsors. You may understand the principles, but not how to apply them in the real world in effective ways. What you need is a guide that will give you the tools to work effectively within any corporate culture and accomplish goals in a timely and productive manner.

Project Management That Works helps you deal with the reality of unreasonable deadlines and difficult projects and shows you how to accomplish their goals without alienating your executive sponsors or the team working under you. Author Rick Morris has more than 10 years of project management experience in Fortune 500 companies, holds the PMP®, and is also a sought-after speaker at PMI® chapters. Here, he and Brette McWhorter Sember teach managers how to have a conversation with key project team members. While many books will teach the theory or discuss ideas, very few combine theory with practical data gathering and teach how to turn the data into real results. This book will show you how to get the appropriate data and use it to support everything you know is supposed to happen, but can’t see how to get done. Through the authors’ seasoned guidance, you will learn the fundamentals of good project management, including how to:

• Understand yourself

• Communicate on all levels

• Be trustworthy and give good information

• Turn around failing projects

• Really know when a project is done

• Apply the iron triangle (triple constraint)

• Apply the PERT methodology in project planning

• Never lose sight of the customer

• Avoid sacrificing your team at any cost

• Understand myths about status meetings

• Understand patriots and scuds

• Perform a real risk assessment

• Put risk in a project plan

• Use project management to make positive change to your corporate culture

This is a true insider’s guide that will teach you the skills you really need on the job that often aren’t part of the project management curriculum. It will enable you to make positive change—no matter how insurmountable the challenges seem.

Rick A. Morris is a project manager for several Fortune 500 companies and is a sought-after public speaker on project management. Brette McWhorter Sember is an attorney who has written more than 30 books including The Essential Supervisor’s Handbook.

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