Books and White Papers on Running Successful Projects
|Publisher:||Grosset & Dunlap|
Okay, maybe I am a little sentimental here, but this book takes prejudice and self perception head on. It is a mantra that any project manager that is facing huge odds should read.
The classic tale of persevering against the odds!
The Little Engine That Could comes to life all over again in this gorgeous oversized picture book with foil on the cover and the beautiful art from the 1950s. A train of toys desperately need an engine to take them over the mountain so that they can deliver toys and food to children. But none of the big, important engines will help them. Luckily, the Little Blue Engine comes along. She is small, but she has confidence that she can do it, and she does!
|Author:||Thomas Luke Jarocki|
|Publisher:||Brown & Williams Publishing|
Still confused on how projects and change management fit together? If so, read this book. It gives a great history of both and outlines a process that may work for your company. If nothing else, the process described will help you understand how your company can fold the two disciplines together. The only detractor is the author's contniual reference to "his" methodology. However, this does give you a good example of its implementation.
Just about every project professional agrees that "success" today is not just about being "on time, within budget, and according to scope" but one in which there is successful organizational change and the broad organizational adoption of project outputs and deliverables. However, because the project management and organizational/behavioral change management disciplines are often practiced as separate entities, the road to success often becomes divided, leading to poor outcomes for both the project manager and stakeholders throughout the organization.
|Author:||John P. Kotter, Dan S. Cohen|
|Publisher:||Harvard Business Review Press|
In Lean In, Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all. ” She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home.
Project Management is one to the few disciplines where the glass ceiling seems to be non-existent. Daily our multicultural, multigenerational, multigender teams build great products for our businesses. We need to understand ourselves and others better. Lean In is a great book for either gender to read to learn more about how to avoid gender issues on your projects.
Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women ’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women ’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.
Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune ’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time ’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table, ” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.
Without a team there is no project, there is no success. One of your primary jobs is to build a team from people you mostly likely do not have authority over. The five key attributes: results, accountability, commitment, conflict, and trust, will help you build a better team quicker.
|Author:||Eliyahu M. Goldratt|
|Publisher:||North River Press; 30th Anniversary Edition|
If you are managing projects in a manufacturing setting, this book is critical. If you are managing a project in a company using the theory of constraints, this book is essential. It is the foundation of a pervasive methodology and the precursor to critical chain project management. he is recommended reading before reading any of the other books on critical chain.
|Author:||Stephen R. Covey|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Released:||Anniversary Edition November 2013)|
The title says it all. What project manager does not need to improve their effectiveness? This is a bible that you should always keep in close reach. A true "Must Read."
|Author:||Peter M. Senge|
Business and projects are complex systems. The people that run them need to create organizations and teams that can learn and grow. This classic business book is a great treatise how to become a better lead and run a better project.
This revised edition of Peter Senge ’s bestselling classic, The Fifth Discipline, is based on fifteen years of experience in putting the book ’s ideas into practice. As Senge makes clear, in the long run the only sustainable competitive advantage is your organization ’s ability to learn faster than the competition. The leadership stories in the book demonstrate the many ways that the core ideas in The Fifth Discipline, many of which seemed radical when first published in 1990, have become deeply integrated into people ’s ways of seeing the world and their managerial practices.
|Author:||Jeffrey M. Hiatt|
|Publisher:||Prosci Learning Center Publications|
This book is currently under review, more details will be added when available
Tired of hearing about change and how your project is implementing it, but have no idea how to make it happen? ADKAR is the gold standard process to follow to help make that happen. This, and a little leadership, will get you ahead of the pack.
Why do some changes fail while others succeed?
How can you make sense of the many tools and approaches for managing change?
How can you lead change successfully, both in your personal life and professional career?
Excellent project managers are relationship builder both with the project team and the stakeholders. You need to continually build those skills and build trust.