are myriad books about how project management should be done in the ideal world.
And the Project Management Institute has created a whole Body of Knowledge, the
PMBOK, to explain and codify a nice, clean, surgical description of what a project
should look like from end-to-end.
Projects are MESSY! From the minute the project begins all manner of changes,
surprises and disasters befall them. Unfortunately most of these are PREDICTABLE
and AVOIDABLE. In fact, many project retrospectives produce lessons learned
that are identical to the LAST project lessons learned. As a matter of fact, the
#1 reason that teams fail to achieve their goals is . . . well, they dont
HAVE goals, at least not clear ones that everyone agrees upon. And the #2 reason
projects fail is that communication is, shall we say, less than sub-optimal
Lets admit it project management
is not for the faint of heart. Many projects start in the deep recesses of some
corporate hallway, and the project manager only hears about them long after they
are well underway. And even when a project is carefully planned and properly kicked
off, the plan changes before the ink is dry on the schedule! Tact and diplomacy
can only get you so far in the wild and whacky world of project work. A combination
of outrageous creativity, sheer bravado and nerves of steel will serve you far
better than any fancy-schmancy Microsoft Project Gantt chart!
Project Management gets down to the real deal. Structured around the dirty
dozen of project worst practices, this book is about what REALLY happens
in the project environment, how to survive it, and how to make sure that your
team avoids the predictable and avoidable pitfalls that every project faces.
converse of the dirty dozen are 12 best practices for project management that
have been proven to help leaders steer their teams clear of avoidable disaster
and as much as double the chances of project success.
knowing "how" were enough we'd all be rich and thin. Don't just read
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Scrappy Guides are books with ATTITUDE! They are your edge in accomplishing what
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about how projects ought to and
do run. It will also appeal to people
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they are not running, but no one
else is either! In fact, any manager
can benefit from many of the insights
contained in this book.
goals for the reader, in priority order:
Enlighten about what REALLY happens
in real projects.
Provide them the relief
of knowing that what they are experiencing is normal!
Inspire to action that will help them achieve their goals.
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this spine on your bookshelf, or in your survival kit. This is THE resource for
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fewer disappointing shocks along the way. Some of my favorite nuggets of wisdom
from Kimberly's tome are:
The top reasons
that teams fail are completely avoidable, and due to leadership in absentia. Wake
up before it's too late!
How to avoid
the rip-tide model of teamwork, where everyone jumps in and drowns together.
the voice of the customer at your own peril. They are the ones with the money,
Are you a wage slave? If
you want to be a great project leader you'd better be able to put your job on
Stop pretending that everything
is top priority. Sometimes you've got to choose between your heart, lungs, and
Whether you're on the
hook to deliver results for your company or you're getting your business off the
ground, you'll learn a lot and avoid some common pitfalls by reading this book." Christine Comaford-Lynch, CEO of Mighty Ventures, author of Rules for Renegades
book is going to help people survive
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management! Brenda Keiner, CEO, Elite Horse
'Leading From Any Seat in the Org'
class is the single most powerful
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Her teachings have fundamentally
changed me as a leader, a coach,
and a team member. Lesley Kew, Intuit
"The biggest compliment I have about this book is that it is not an academic book. It is a book intended for practitioners of the project management craft written by a practitioner. I like books that provide the kind of advice a mentor would give you over a cup of coffee and Scrappy Project Management® fits that mode." Dr. James T. Brown, PMWorldToday: Project Management eJournal
Kimberly Wiefling is the founder of Wiefling Consulting, LLC, a scrappy enterprise
enabling individuals, teams and organizations to achieve results that seem out
of reach or nearly impossible through leadership and project management excellence.
A physicist by education, she spent 10 years at HP in technical leadership and
project management roles, then 5 years in the wild and crazy world of Silicon
Valley start-ups before leading one to a glorious defeat during the dotcom bust
of 2001. Vigorously scrappy, she reemerged, consulting on leadership and project
management worldwide - from Armenia, to Tokyo, to the Silicon Valley. Kimberly
is the executive editor of The Scrappy Guides®, a regular contributor to the
"Project Connections" newsletter, (70,000+ subscribers weekly), and
her radio show, "The Scrappy Dialogues®", airs occasionally on www.wiefling.com,
and she is the lead blogger at www.SVProjectManagement.net.
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