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Art of Project Management

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ISBN-10: 0596007868

ISBN-13: 9780596007867

Edition: 2005

Authors: Scott Berkun

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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. Itwill 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
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/2/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Scott Berkun is the bestselling author of The Myths of Innovation,and Making Things Happen. His work as a writer and public speaker haveappeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Fast Company, Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal 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 www.scottberkun.com.

Preface
A brief history of project management (and why you should care)
Plans
The truth about schedules
How to figure out what to do
Writing the good vision
Where ideas come from
What to do with ideas once you have them
Skills
Writing good specifications
How to make good decisions
Communication and relationships
How not to annoy people: process, email, and meetings
What to do when things go wrong
Management
Why leadership is based on trust
How to make things happen
Middle-game strategy
End-game strategy
Power and politics
Notes
Annotated bibliography
Acknowledgments
Photo credits
Index