Suggested Books
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Education is critical to everyone in your organization. Learning about technical tools, aspects of project management and dealing with people is essential in improving performance and minimizing your frustration. Between seminars, forums, books, magazines, though, you could spend all your time just trying to find the right item. eCameron has tried to help with that by sharing some of our knowledge and helping our clients and friends get a start on the process. These items may be found in our Blog or eJournal  on our website in the form of discussions, ramblings, templates and procedures.

This section of our website is a list of recommended books and a details about the books that you will not get from the publisher or a bookseller. Below you will find reviews (or a detailed synopses) we have created. In the cases where time has not allowed us to complete a review, but the book is recommended, we have supplied information from the publishers. As we finish the reviews we will modify this page and provide links to more detail. Some of the details will be published in our newsletters but since there are more books than months in the year, some detail will only be found here. Visit this page often to see what is new.

Effective Opportunity Management for Projects: Exploiting Positive Risk

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Author:David Hillson
Publisher: CRC Press
Released: November 19, 2003
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 340
ISBN:978-0824748081

This book is currently under review, more details will be added when available

The publisher says:
Do you want to gain business benefits, achieve project objectives, and maximize opportunities? With step-by-step guidelines, this book unveils a revolutionary approach to the management of project opportunities by expanding the traditional risk management process to address opportunities alongside threats-offering valuable tools and techniques that expose and capture opportunities, minimize threats, and deal effectively with all types of uncertainty in your business and projects.

Identifying and Managing Project Risk

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Author Tom Kendrick
Publisher: American Management Association
Publication date 1st Ed. February 2003
2nd Ed. January 2009
3rd Ed. March 2015
Pages 400
ISBN 978-0814436080

As the title implies, this book discusses identifying and managing risks on projects. Although the book is written in a very generic manner, it has a decidedly high-tech flavor. This partly due to the fact that the author worked at Hewlett-Packard for twelve years.

Kendrick's coverage of risk, or more correctly uncertainty, is complete in a general sense focusing a majority of his discussion on risk in projects due to poor planning and change management processes. Two chapters of the book deal with quantifying risk, but the math is kept simple as he recommends using commercial products to the brunt of the work.

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Critical Chain, by Eliyahu Goldratt Ph.D.

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Publisher The North River Press
Released 1997
Pages246
ISBN 0884271536

A business novel introducing the use of the Theory of Constraints in Project Management.

Like Goldratt’s book The Goal, Critical Chain is written as a novel not like a project manager's how-to guide. This book is a story about a professor trying to attain his tenure at a university's business school. The plot is used to maintain interest in the subject and provide a real life feel to the book. It provides plenty of real-world examples. The plot of the novel is three fold:

Agile Project Management with Scrum

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Author Ken Schwaber
Publisher Microsoft Press
Released January 2004
Pages 163
ISBN 073561993X

Agile Project Management with Scrum describes the process of managing a Scrum software development project. It uses a mixture of definitions and case studies to educate a would-be Scrum manager (aka ScrumMasterTM) on Scrum, the major players in a Scrum project and the ScrumMaster's role. Both success and failure case studies are provided.

Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products

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Author: Jim Highsmith
Publisher: Pearson Education/Addison-Wesley
Released: March 2004
Pages: 277
ISBN: 0321219775

Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products introduces the reader to agile project methodology by defining the role of the project manager and to a lessor degree the product manager in relation to the development team, the customer and the stakeholders. It spends significant time explaining the philosophy of agile projects using lean principles and the resulting changes in mindset and style that my be needed for a project manager. Counter arguments are presented for a number of myths that have developed as people have tried to refute agile as a legitimate project management process. The book explains the reasons for this approach to projects and enumerates eighteen suggested practices and associated reports.

Lean Project Management: Eight Principles For Success

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Author:Lawrence P. Leach
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing
Released: Luly 2006
Type: Softcover
Pages: 234
ISBN:0670034576

This book is currently under review, more details will be added when available

The publisher says:
A new eBook by the author of the best selling Critical Chain Project Management, Lean Project Management takes you through the key steps to project success. Written for project managers taking on more challenging projects, or wanting to complete projects faster and with less team stress, Lean Project Management helps you identify and deploy the keys to project success. I consider some of these secrets as hiding in plain sight, because the project literature discusses some of them in one form or another. The first problem is that they are hidden in thousand page books with many things that aren't going to help your project. The second problem is that most project managers don't do them, leading to the high rate of project failure and dissatisfaction. Lean Project Management (LPM) is a simple path to overcome both problems.

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