Summer of books

Book review: Supercommunicator

August 27, 2014

“Too often, potentially great projects are dismissed by management, investors, and regulators simply because those decision makers can’t understand their value”, writes Frank J. Pietrucha in his book, Supercommunicator. “Opportunities can be missed and bad things can happen when content originators don’t explain their subjects in easy-to-understand language.” If you have recently put together a […]

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Book Review: What Happens in Vegas Stays On YouTube

August 25, 2014

“The explosion of mobile and social technologies means that we have to live as if our mother, boss, coach and enemies are watching us…because they are,” writes Erik Qualman in his book, What Happens in Vegas Stays On YouTube. The book is basically 36 rules for better social interaction and for making the right choices […]

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Book Review: Healthcare Project Management

August 13, 2014

At first glance, Healthcare Project Management by Kathy Schwalbe and Dan Furlong is an ugly book. The cover isn’t up to much. However, open it up and you’ll quickly see how comprehensive this book is. It includes quick quizzes, learning objectives, team projects to carry out (for students), case studies, discussion question, links to videos […]

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Book review: Project Workflow Management

August 11, 2014

“Project management is indeed a very exciting and rewarding profession, but at the same time, it is one of the most difficult jobs, often misunderstood by project team members and management alike,” write Dan Epstein and Rich Maltzman in their book, Project Workflow Management: A Business Process Approach. I agree; it can be a challenge […]

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Book review: Microsoft Project 2013: The Missing Manual

August 6, 2014

In Microsoft Project 2013: The Missing Manual, Bonnie Biafore aims to share the basics of project management and how to achieve what you want to do in Microsoft Project 2013. That’s quite an ask for one book. Part 1 is a primer on project management and I was surprised that there was so much about […]

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Welcome to the Summer of Books 2014!

August 1, 2014

Welcome to our annual summer round up of the hottest project management books. Here’s a preview of the book reviews coming up: Squirrels, Boats and Thoroughbreds – “What can you do on your project to make it the project of choice? How can you get people clamouring to work with you?” The Missing Manual: Microsoft […]

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Book review: Real Influence

August 28, 2013

“When you view influence as ‘getting people to do what I want,’ you actually reduce your influence,” write Mark Goulston and John Ullmen in Real Influence: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In. The authors position influence as not something you do – people are hyper-sensitive to that sort of marketing. They call this […]

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Book review: Do Nothing!

August 26, 2013

Do you have too much to do? Are you worried about going away and leaving your project? Do you take your laptop on holiday? When you come back to your project, are there always pressing issues, loads of emails and a crisis to solve? Keith Murnighan, author of Do Nothing!: How to Stop Overmanaging and […]

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Book review: Strategies for Project Sponsorship

August 21, 2013
This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Strategies for Sponsors

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Strategies for SponsorsDid you fall into project management? Or get promoted to a project management role? Then you are probably a ‘accidental project manager’ – someone who never set out to study project management at university but who ended up doing a PM job by […]

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5 ways to increase trust through transparency

August 19, 2013

A couple of times people have said to me that sharing the project budget with their team members is Not A Good Idea. I don’t know why that is the case – they are stakeholders too. I think it is essential to be transparent about the budget, how it was created and how you, as […]

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