Managing Projects in the Real World provides clear and actionable advice to project managers for recognizing, anticipating, and overcoming challenges associated with the human component of leading others. The mechanics of project management are rational and straightforward to learn. The art of project management is irrational and complex to learn.
Project managers need to develop a repertoire of soft skills that are typically hard for them, since they rose through the ranks to that position by virtue of superior reasoning skills. But if a project manager cannot adjudicate the clash of personalities, finesse the friction between assigned and preferred roles, steer clear of hidden hazards, and diplomatically resolve overlapping assertions of competing authority - that project manager is in a world of trouble.
From the human perils of project management, nobody is better qualified to rescue beleaguered project managers than Melanie McBride - veteran PM and author of the Intel blog, The Accidental Profession. She sheds light on those dark, dusty places that fall between the cracks of theory and best practice out in the real world where irate colleagues, unrealistic product launch dates, and virtual meetings reign supreme and run amok. In this book you'll find targeted discussions and specific techniques to empower you to meet the challenges that project managers face every day. The book is structured into project phases to help any project manager on any kind of project jump right to the tried and true solution for the challenge at hand.
How to Figure Out What's Really Going On
Effective Meetings in The Real World
The Special Ones
You Have to Do the Work
How to Develop a Robust Schedule
How To Say No to Unrealistic Target Dates
A Special Case: Planning for the Holiday Season
Presenting Project Updates
Communicating with Difficult People
Is Your Team Ready to Release
Leading When the Music Stops
You Really Ought to Be Doing This
Is Project Management Right for You?
Are You a Professional?
Getting Better at It
Managing Projects in the Real World provides clear and actionable advice to project managers for recognizing, anticipating, and overcoming challenges associated with the human component of leading others.