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Other's Books on Leadership and Project Management

Other's Books on Leadership and Project Management

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.

Monday, 13 July 2015 15:13

Rescue the Problem Project

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Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure

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Author: Todd C. Williams
Publisher: AMACOM
Released: March 20, 2011
Pages: 277
Type: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0201835953
Type: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0814439418

Amazon #1 Bestseller in Business and Technical Project Management!

Back from the brink... the first fail-safe recovery plan for turning around troubled projects and keeping the problems from reoccurring.

When budgets are dwindling, deadlines passing, and tempers flaring, the usual response is to browbeat the project team and point fingers of blame. Not helpful. For these situations, what is needed is an objective process for accurately assessing what is wrong and a clear plan of action for fixing the problem.

In Rescue the Problem Project, Todd Williams, President of eCameron, describes how projects go wrong and what to do to fix them. It focuses first on people, then process, and finally technology. By doing this it helps you find the root cause of the failure and helps you prevent it from happening again.

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Projects build capabilities to met corporate goals. If you are a CEO, you need to make sure your employees and vendors know what those goals are and how they fit in to the plan. If you are a project manager, you need to know the bounds of you project. If you are anywhere in between, you need to understand how all the pieces fit together and keep it all aligned.

Most organizations consist of multiple business and support units, each populated by highly trained, experienced executives. But often the efforts of individual units are not coordinated, resulting in conflicts, lost opportunities, and diminished performance.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

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Author: Jim Collins
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Released: October 2001
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 300
ISBN:978-0201835953

The Challenge:

You are running a project that is supposed to improve the organization to leap out in front of the competition, yet you have had little formal training on what that means. Project managers need lessons in how world class business runs to drive projects to make that happen.

Built to Last, Collins' first book and defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning.

But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?

The Study:

Wednesday, 18 January 2006 13:41

Toyota Way, The, by Jeffery Liker PhD

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The Toyota Way

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Author: Jeffrey Liker, Ph.D.
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Released: January 2004
Pages: 350
ISBN: 0071392319

The Toyota Way provides the reader with a basic knowledge of the Toyota management principles that are commonly known as the "standard" for lean manufacturing. The book is broken into three sections—an introduction to the Toyota Production System (TPS), the fourteen principles of TPS and a discussion on implementing the principles. It contains a variety of examples of TPS in Toyota as well as in organizations other than automobile manufacturing.

The first section of the book, six chapters, provides the reader with a history of the Toyota system and a background for the presentation of the "Fourteen Management Principles" (the primary objective of the book). These chapters are a high-level discussion of how Liker has grouped the principles and shows application of them in Toyota.

Alignment: Using the Balanced Scorecard to Create Corporate Synergies

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Author:Robert S. Kaplan, David P. Norton
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Released: April 2006
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 320
ISBN:978-0201835953

Projects build capabilities to met corporate goals. If you are a CEO, you need to make sure your employees and vendors know what those goals are and how they fit in to the plan. If you are a project manager, you need to know the bounds of you project. If you are anywhere in-between, you need to understand how all the pieces fit together and keep it all aligned.

Most organizations consist of multiple business and support units, each populated by highly trained, experienced executives. But often the efforts of individual units are not coordinated, resulting in conflicts, lost opportunities, and diminished performance.

Tuesday, 18 April 2006 15:41

Guns of August, by Barbara Tuchman

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The Guns of August

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Author: Barbara Tuchman,
Publisher: Random House
Released: 1962
Type: Print (Paperback)
Pages: 551
ISBN: 034538623X

The Guns of August is a military history book describing the events of the first month of World War I. The focus of the book is to provide the history of World War I from the declaration of war through the start of the French offensive that stopped the German advance through France resulting in a stalemate for the subsequent four years. In addition, the book provides history on the plans, strategies, world events and international sentiments prior to and during the war.

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.

Sunday, 18 June 2006 15:55

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.

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