August 30, 2004

News & Opinion: Attn: Project Managers

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 3:01 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I have two books in my hand that are written for project managers. And since we are all projects managers (ask Tom Peters), these are books that apply to all of us.
The first book is The Definitive Guide to Project Management. The subtitle is "the fast-track to getting the job done on time and on budget". This is a soup to nuts book on the art (because I think it is an art) of managing a project. Here are the chapter headings from the book:
  1. Introduction
  2. Basic Principles
  3. Project organization and team
  4. Everyday basics and adminstration
  5. Planning
  6. Monitoring and control
  7. Scope management and risk management
  8. Define
  9. Design
  10. Build and test
  11. Implement and Review

The second book is called The Project Management Advisor: 18 Major Project Screw-ups and How To Cut Them Off At the Pass by Lonnie Pacelli. I think this is for folks who have a project or two under their belt. Some of his key causes of project derailment include teams that don't gel, trying to do too much, and not doing enough training. The book has a companion website where you can get more info.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.