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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.

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Right now we only have one book that one of us was the sole author of—Rescue the Problem Project. However, there are plans and a couple of books we have collaborated on. They all show up here with at least a short description of their intent.

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Tuesday, 12 April 2011 05:49

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Thank you to everyone who came to the party! Although we do not have an exact count we can see how many name badges were used so we know nearly 180 people showed up. Whether you were there or not, this video captures the spirit.

Monday, 09 August 2010 13:21

Rescue the Problem Project

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Rescue the Problem Project

A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure

by Todd C. Williams

ISBN: 9780814416822

Todd's first book delivers twenty-five years of project rescue experience. Unlike other books on the subject, Rescue the Problem Project focuses on the process to rescue the project. This is the critical few weeks that transform a failing project to a successful project. Other processes blindly layer processes on top of a project without finding the cause of the failure. Rescue the Problem Project focuses on root cause analysis to determine the source of problems and solve them once and for all.

The book starts by discussing the biggest hurdle in rescuing a project—realization that there is a problem—and proceeds though detailed discussion of the four step process to recover them—audit, analysis, negotiate, and execute. In addition, it includes a complete discussion of four key processes to prevent failure.

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Monday, 09 August 2010 10:48

Table of Contents: Rescue the Problem Project

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Table of Contents

Rescue the Problem Project

A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure

by Todd C. Williams

PART I Understanding the Process
and Realizing there is a Problem

Chapter 1 The Basics of the Recovery Process

The Context of a Project
Understanding Project Success
What Is a Red Project?
What Is Project Failure?
What Is Project Recovery?
The Recovery Process
Roles in the Extended Project Structure
Chapter Takeaway

Waltzing with Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects

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Author:Tom DeMarco,
Timothy Lister
Publisher: Dorset House
Released: March 2003
Type: Softcover
Pages: 144
ISBN:0670034576

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

The publisher says:
"Greater risk brings greater reward, especially in software development. A company that runs away from risk will soon find itself lagging behind its more adventurous competition. By ignoring the threat of negative outcomes—in the name of positive thinking or a can-do attitude—software managers drive their organizations into the ground.

"In Waltzing with Bears, Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister—the best-selling authors of Peopleware—show readers how to identify and embrace worthwhile risks. Developers are then set free to push the limits.

Six SIGMA: The Breakthrough Management Strategy

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Author:Mikel Harry,
Richard Schroeder
Publisher: Crown Business
Released: January 2006
Type: Softcover
Pages: 318
ISBN:978-8129117731

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

The publisher says:
"The extraordinary breakthrough management program—heralded by GE, Motorola, and Allied Signal—that is sweeping corporate America with its unprecedented ability to achieve superior financial results.

"Six Sigma is the most powerful breakthrough management tool ever devised, promising increased market share, cost reductions, and dramatic improvements in bottom-line profitability for companies of any size. The darling of Wall Street, it has become the mantra of Fortune 500 boardrooms around the world because it works.

Sunday, 18 June 2006 17:46

Project Risk Management by Bruce T. Barkley

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Project Risk Management

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Author:Bruce T. Barkley
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Released: July 2004
Type: Softcover
Pages: 229
ISBN:978-0071436915

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

The publisher says:
"Risk Management—A Clear and Uncomplicated Approach to Business and Project Risk—Here is risk, simply put, with practical stories and cases.

"Barkley's approach to project risk management includes and enhances the current Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge on risk. Clearly spelling out simplified steps and useable risk matrix format, making risk management a team-based art as well as a science, Project Risk Management shows you why do risk and how to:

Project Retrospectives: A Handbook for Team Reviews

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Author:Norman L. Kerth
Publisher: Dorset House
Released: February 2001
Type: Softcover
Pages: 268
ISBN:978-0932633446

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

Discusses performing project retrospective (postmortems). Mr. Kerth lays out the requirements and processes to be followed for process retrospectives.

Mr. Kerth is also an excellent retrospective facilitator and a lively presenter. For more information please visit his site.

Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation

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Author:James P Womack
Daniel T. Jones
Publisher: Productivity Press
Released: June 2003
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 396
ISBN:978-0743249270

Womack is often considered the father of writing on lean manufacturing. Nearly all books on this subject use his books as reference material.

The publisher says:
"Expanded, updated, and more relevant than ever, this best selling business classic by two internationally renowned management analysts describes a business system for the twenty-first century that supersedes the mass production system of Ford, the financial control system of Sloan, and the strategic system of Welch and GE. It is based on the Toyota (lean) model, which combines operational excellence with value-based strategies to produce steady growth through a wide range of economic conditions.

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.

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.

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