HBR Project Management Handbook



Book Title:  Harvard Business Review Project Management Handbook: How to Launch, Lead and Sponsor Successful Projects
Author:  Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez
Publisher: HBR Publishing
List Price:  US$50.00
Format: hard cover; 352 pages
Publication Date: 2021
ISBN: 1647821266
Reviewer: Yasmina Khelifi
Review Date: October 2021

We’re now living in the Project Economy, a world driven by projects. Organizations need to pivot, reskill their workforces to tackle tomorrow’s challenges. For project managers, it represents an invaluable opportunity and a competitive edge to shape the future. But, every leader, including senior leaders, needs to develop project management skills to lead better.

That is what “The HBR Project Management Handbook” published by Harvard Business Press and written by Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, Thinkers50, 2021 PMI Fellow Award, former PMI Chairman will teach you. Grounded in more than 25 years of working as a practitioner, as a professor, as a researcher, Antonio will share with you his knowledge in a non-technical way.

The book contains graphs, summaries, key questions to ask, checklists to equip you with a practical toolbox to put into practice right away. Thanks to case studies, and real stories from top leaders, Antonio disrupts the project management concepts taught so far and reinvents what modern project management shall be.

He has developed a new framework, the project canvas, a one-page visual representation of the main components of a project that will become your compass to manage any project, regardless of the size or the industry.

You may think: ‘I’m an experienced project manager, why would I need this book?’ I am an experienced project manager with 3 PMI certifications, and it has made me think a lot and push to question my assumptions.

Senior leaders, seasoned or aspiring project managers, will discover reinvented methodologies and mandatory skills to be successful modern project managers; I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I did.

For more about this book, go to the book’s HBR webpage or visit https://antonionietorodriguez.com/hbrprojectmanagementhandbook/

Following the publishing news, we’ve decided to interview Antonio to know more about his book.


Interview with Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez

World Champion in Project Management | Thinkers50 | Director PMO

PMI Past Chair | Professor | HBR Author | Executive Coach

Interviewed by Yasmina Khelifi
International Correspondent, PM World Journal
Paris, France

Introduction to the interviewee

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is a leading expert in project management and strategy implementation, recognized by Thinkers50 with the prestigious award “Ideas into Practice.” He is the author of the Harvard Business Review Project Management Handbook, four other books, and hundreds of articles, including “The Project Economy has Arrived” HBR magazine, Nov/Dec 2021, one of the first articles on project management in their printed magazine. The former Chairman of the Project Management Institute, he is the founder of Projects & Co and cofounder of the Strategy Implementation Institute. Antonio has been teaching project management for more than two decades to senior executives at Duke CE, Instituto de Empresa, Solvay Business School, and Vlerick. He has held executive positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers, BNP Paribas, and GlaxoSmithKline. The Project Management Institute announced on 7 October 2021 that Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez has been awarded its highest honor, the PMI Fellow Award for 2021.

Antonio can be followed through his LinkedIn newsletter, Lead Projects Successfully, or antonionietorodriguez.com.


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Q1:     Thank you for accepting an interview request from PMWJ. You have written 4 books about project management, numerous articles in HBR; why have you written another book about project management?


To read entire Book Review and Interview, click here

How to cite this work: Khelifi, Y. (2021). Harvard Business Review Project Management Handbook: How to Launch, Lead and Sponsor Successful Projects – book review and interview with the author, PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue XI, November. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/pmwj111-Nov2021-Khelifi-Review-of-HBR-Project-Management-Handbook-and-Interview-with-Antonio-Nieto-Rodriguez.pdf

About the Reviewer

Yasmina Khelifi

Paris, France


Yasmina Khelifi, PMP, PMI- ACP, PMI-PBA is an experienced project manager in the telecom industry. Along with her 20-year career at Orange S.A. (the large French multinational telecommunications corporation), she sharpened her global leadership skills, delivering projects with major manufacturers and SIM makers. Yasmina strives for building collaborative bridges between people to make international projects successful. She relies on three pillars: project management skills, the languages she speaks, and a passion for sharing knowledge.

She is a PMP certification holder since 2013, a PMI- ACP and PMI-PBA certification holder since 2020. She is an active volunteer member at PMI France and PMI UAE, and a member of PMI Germany Chapter. French-native, she can speak German, English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and she is learning Arabic. Yasmina loves sharing her knowledge and experiences at work, in her volunteers’ activities at PMI, and in projectmanagement.com as a regular blogger. She is also the host and co-founder of the podcast Global Leaders Talk with Yasmina Khelifi to help people in becoming better international leaders.

Yasmina can be contacted at https://yasminakhelifi.com/ or LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasminakhelifi-pmp-telecom/

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