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Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management (Theory in Practice (O'Reilly))

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Power is **misused when it is applied to things that do not further the objectives** of the project. While the book does do a good job discussing the in's and out's of Project Management the inconsiderable amount of sexist overtones makes me burn with rage everytime I am forced to crack the spine of this text for my classwork. Scott shows us the heart and soul of project management: planning the project, keeping the momentum going, developing a solid relationship with the team, working in an organization.

Project management has a long history – everything that has been built in the world is project managed by someone. In the end, making things happen means all projects use similar processes; they all allow time to plan, implement and refine. Scott Berkun brilliantly demystifies complex concepts with real-world examples and actionable advice.Nur war ich doch zu neugierig, erstmal das gesamte Buch zu lesen, statt mich länger mit einzelnen Kapiteln zu befassen. We tend to base our estimates on weak assumptions, to predict results by banking on the best possible circumstances, and – basing ourselves on our previous experiences – we simultaneously avoid putting our trust in the forecasts that we see or create. I enjoyed the comedic relief throughout the book also, including one of my favorite quotes from “Fight Club”; “Just because you stick feathers up your but, it doesn’t make you a chicken”. I would say its a must read for anyone who needs to get more of a "intuitive" understanding of how to run a project and deal with people, and who might not be the actual PM but more in a leading position.

Likely, the solution will be the result of a process of smaller actions that must be carried out over a certain length of time, and that will eventually – hopefully – lead to the ultimate resolution. Give yourself, as well as your team, the benefit of learning from what went well and what didn’t go well. The simpler your vision of what needs to be done, the greater your power of concentration to accomplish it. As opposed to the usual disheartening tale of the failure of a disaster reconstruction (or development) project, detailed here is a totally successful post-disaster reconstruction achievement due to the express involvement throughout of the anthropological perspective and community participation. This behavior seemed to trickle down to other areas of my life as I grew older and actually made things harder, not easier.He currently works as an independent consultant in project management and product design, and runs the pmclinic, a friendly discussion forum on project management issues at www. In all these situations you need to know how to present your unique set of skills and abilities to others. PMI, the PMI logo, REP logo, PMP, PMBOK, OPM3 and CAPM are registered marks of The Project Management Institute, Inc. It’s a great introduction to the discipline, and seasoned managers will benefit from Berkun’s perspectives.

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Here you will find options to view and activate subscriptions, manage institutional settings and access options, access usage statistics, and more. While the book is well-written and structured, it feels like a nice long talk with someone who is being completely honest about the way things work. the notion that schedules are highly uncertain at the beginning and become more certain over time is common sense, but when that is combined with approaches for developing specifications or making decisions or managing risk, it becomes a powerful foundation for running a project. In summary, being a PM is all about solving issues around the team, shielding and helping the members and thus the organisation to achieve its goals.Common checkpoints include feasibility studies, regrouping of ideas, three alternatives, two alternatives, and one design. Think about how much time you waste on your phone, in front of the TV or doing some other activity that doesn’t provide any intrinsic value to your life. This book provides the knowledge and the incentive to become a better project contributor whether you are managing or being managed. As the latter is often fraught with delays and even abandonment—one cause being ineffective interactions between construction and local people—PERRP used anthropological and participatory approaches. Section One covers plans and also looks at how to work out what to do, elements of creative thinking to generate ideas and how to map those ideas to a project vision.

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